Fire destroys abandoned Ceres home

Authorities say a suspicious fire destroyed an abandoned home early Sunday in Ceres. Firefighters were dispatched at 3:09 a.m. to a fire in the 2800 block of Service Road, said Ceres Battalion Chief Michael Lillie.

Hammond wins Valley’s Got Talent

Crooner Ryan Hammond’s cover of Sam Smith’s “Lay Me Down” stole the show – and judges’ hearts – at the 2015 Valley’s Got Talent competition Saturday at Modesto’s Gallo Center for the Arts.

New owner for longtime Modesto tile business

Home remodeling, which went wild before the big real estate crash that started in 2008, is back in a big way. Folks are reimagining their kitchens, redoing their bathrooms, fixing up their master suites.

This week's circulars

Here are some of the top plays in the Stanislaus District on the opening night of the football season captured by reporters for The Modesto Bee and the Merced Sun-Star. Included are highlights shot on Friday, Aug. 28,. 2015, of Downey, Modesto, Ceres, Turlock, Oakdale, Patterson, Merced and more. This Stanislaus Football Weekly feature is presented by Doctors Medical Center. (Brian Clark/