Ceres is “sprucing” up as it “pines” for the arrival of the Christmas season. Residents – and fans throughout the area – don’t have long to wait because the grand opening of Christmas Tree Lane is set for Dec. 6. The magical nightly display of lights and decorations throughout a neighborhood in the city kicks off with the Ceres Christmas Festival at Smyrna Park on Moffet Road at 5:30 p.m. Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, refreshments, live entertainment and trolley rides through Christmas Tree Lane will be offered. The ribbon-cutting for Christmas Tree Lane will be at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. To learn more, call the Ceres Recreation Department at (209) 538-5682.
Stanislaus County supervisors voted Tuesday to tighten the rules for well permits, requiring farmers outside irrigation districts to show that new wells won’t have a detrimental effect on groundwater. Also, pumping data will be collected from private well owners, but officials promised to keep the data confidential.
It’s now official: Jim Holgersson, who has served as Modesto’s interim city manager since May, has the permanent job. The City Council voted 6-0 on Tuesday to appoint Holgersson as the city’s top administrator and approved his employment contract.
On Tuesday, Tom Franks, 46, was sentenced to 39 years and 8 months in prison. A jury on Oct. 10 found Franks guilty of voluntary manslaughter for shooting his girlfriend, Jacqueline Millan, in west Modesto.
The Enochs High School Marching Band and Color Guard and the Beyer High School Patriot Band and Guard competed in the finals of the Western Band Association Grand Championships on Sunday in Bulldog Stadium at California State University, Fresno. In a field of 15 bands, Enochs placed 12th and Beyer 14th.
The average cost of a Thanksgiving feast for 10 rose slightly to $49.41, according to the annual survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation. The Modesto and Merced areas produce some of the items in great volume.
A just-completed computerized hydrologic model of Stanislaus County’s groundwater resources will be explained by its U.S. Geological Survey creator during a Dec. 5 presentation at Modesto Junior College.
Investigators still are piecing together what happened before and during a shootout with a suspect in downtown Sonora over the weekend, but the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office on Monday shared some details – including how “very lucky” an injured police officer was.