Modesto council weighs creating downtown benefit district

The City Council is expected to decide todayTuesday whether to form the Downtown Modesto Community Benefit District, which would levy assessments on property owners that district advocates say would pay for improvements to make downtown cleaner, safer and more attractive, nuandendnu which would bring in more visitors and investment.

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.

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Modesto Bee sports writers Joe Cortez and James Burns talk about the latest on high school football news going into Week 1 of play in the Stanislaus District. (Jim Silva/