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

Modesto Bee sports writers Joe Cortez and James Burns discuss one important topic regarding high school football. This week's topic: Concussions and new sensors in helmets. (Jim Silva/jsilva@modbee.com)