News & Notes

Buhach student 3rd

Erica Voris, a senior at Buhach Colony High School in Atwater, finished third in the District Rotary Final Speech contest held Saturday in Stockton. Sponsored by the California State University, Stanislaus, Communications Studies Department, the event featured 12 finalists who spoke on this year's topic, "Serving Through Caring and Sharing." Halima Lucas of Bear Creek High in Stockton won the event. Tony Pierucci of Tokay High in Lodi was second. More than 200 students participated, and a total of $21,000 was awarded.

Do you barbecue?

The weather turned sunny, and the grill is ready for another barbecue season. But prices for some of the all-important barbecue ingredients, including meat, have shot up over the past year. If you're a barbecue maven who has noticed it's more expensive to cook over flame, The Bee wants to hear from you. Contact staff writer Ben van der Meer at bvandermeer@modbee.com or 578-2331. Responses may be used in an upcoming story.