Court orders Patterson hotel owner to pay city tax

Patterson officials claimed victory in a lawsuit to force a hotel owner to pay the city’s transient occupancy tax. A judge ruled that Patterson Hotel Associates LLC must pay the city $237,147 in overdue hotel taxes, plus interest. The corporation owns the Best Western hotel near Intestate 5.


Celebration turns ‘ugly’ at Modesto church

Big Valley Grace Community Church in Modesto welcomed Christmas with three hourlong family-friendly gatherings on Christmas Eve. Each celebration at the Tully Road church included the singing of carol, an ​​ugly Christmas sweater contest, other special music elements, a Christmas story with pastor Rick Countryman and a brief Christmas message from pastor Joel Boone. In the Buzzz section today, Modesto teens also show off their ugly sweaters and other festive attire.

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