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.He said the home is in the southeast corner of where Service Road crosses Highway 99. There is a second abandoned home on the property, but it was not damaged. Lillie said the homes have been abandoned for about six months as part of a project to eventually put in an interchange at the highway.He said the abandoned homes have attracted squatters in the past. He said because the gas and electricity were recently turned off at the homes, the fire is considered suspicious and under investigation. Lillie said city workers came out later to knock down three of the home’s walls because they posed a safety hazard.

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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The Equip Church Holds their service in Columbia Park in Turlock California on August 30, 2015. The Equip Church building burned down on August 28, it was located on the corner of South Orange and Columbia in Turlock California. (John Westberg/jwestberg@modbee.com)