2 Riverbank men killed in accident
Two Riverbank men died in a Jeep accident on a dirt track west of Patterson on Saturday, according to the California Highway Patrol. They were driving on rough dirt trails when their 1971 Jeep failed to negotiate the steep trail and got stuck, according to the CHP. The men apparently were trying to turn the Jeep around about 1 p.m. when it rolled down the mountainside. Their names were unavailable Sunday. Their ages were listed as 45 and 56.
Highway 49 crash closes roadway
A crash on Highway 49 shut down the road Sunday afternoon after a motorcycle collided with a pickup, according to the California Highway Patrol. One person was transported by helicopter with major injuries to a hospital. The accident was reported about 2:50 p.m. just north of the Calaveras and Tuolumne county lines. The road cleared about 4 p.m.
Modesto's mayor blogs about budget
Modesto Mayor Jim Ridenour will answer questions about the city budget in a blog Wednesday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. To reach the blog, go to http://thehive.modbee.com/ talkingtothetop. If you are not a registered modbee.com user, you will need to register first. There is no charge. (Go to www.modbee.com and scroll over to Customer Service. Follow the instructions.) The questions and Ridenour's answers will remain on the blog indefinitely.
Time to sign up for adult spelling bee
Team sign-ups are being taken for the Stanislaus County Library Foundation's April 24 Adult Spelling Bee in the Stanislaus County Office of Education's Petersen Events Center. Team registration is $500, with entry forms due Friday. For more information, call Judy Jensen at 522-0500.
Resource center needs volunteers
The Parent Resource Center is looking for volunteers to help with in-home mentoring, labor and delivery support, co-facilitating parenting classes, and as child care assistants and special event volunteers. The center is a nonprofit, child abuse prevention agency. An orientation will be held April 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 811 Fifth St. For more information, call Cindy at 549-8193 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
75 YEARS AGO: A 20- pound, black- and-brown opossum was caught in downtown Modesto. The animal darted from behind the Beaty Building and dodged automobiles crossing 11th Street. Ernest Hawley pursued the opossum and drove it into a barrel.
25 YEARS AGO: A series of closed meetings between Modesto Board of Education members and the leadership of the Modesto Teachers Association was canceled because the board's attorney deemed the meetings would violate the Brown Act, which required open meetings.
-- Karen Aiello