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A life-changing, life-saving decision: Weight loss enabled man to help others

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Geoffrey Tillman has donated more than three gallons of blood to the infant program at Delta Blood Bank. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
Some years ago, Geoffrey Tillman was told he had O-negative blood — a double negative that means he is a universal donor.


Lucero trial: Jury deliberation likely to begin mid-week

When Yvonne Yniguez opened up her home to Cheryl Lucero in November 2012, she thought she was taking in a woman who wanted to escape her past.


Accord reached in quarry debate

Both sides in a debate over the proposed expansion of a limestone quarry near Columbia appear to have reached a compromise that will allow the project to move forward.


‘Hometown hero’ returns to Tioga High School as teacher

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Tioga High School science teacher Billy Hilton (right) does a science experiment with his freshman students (from left) Mark Grasso, 14, Merana Haven, 15, Audrey Simmons, 14, Sierra Miller, 15. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 The new Tioga High School science teacher is no stranger to the Groveland campus.


Area farmers markets are open late into the fall and growing more popular by the day

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Chuck Eslinger buys a tomato from Sara Shier, with Sierra Hillside Farms of Columbia, at the Sonora Farmers Market. Jason Cowan / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Outdoor farmers markets are still going strong late into the summer.


Food by Jude: Johnny Appleseed had it right ­­ make pancakes

Convenience foods? These days they often have a very negative meaning. Supposedly being full of things like preservatives, sodium and sugar. But, not all convenience foods are like that. One of my favorites is applesauce.


’Cats ready to go

Sonora senior Kiana Pisula puts the ball in play with a serve. Guy Dossi / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 The defending Mother Lode League, Sac-Joaquin Section and CIF State Division IV Champion Sonora Wildcats volleyball team played a foundation, scrimmage  game Monday at Bud Castle Gym. The foundation game provides money for the section which in turn gives away scholarships at the end of the school year. Sonora beings its season today at Buhach Colony. 


Human remains found Saturday in West Point

An adult man’s body was found Saturday afternoon in a rural area off Winton Road in West Point. 


Flood causes about $1K in damage to old county hospital

Authorities have no suspects in a Friday night flooding on two floors of the old Tuolumne General Hospital on Hospital Road in Sonora.


ATM stolen from Tuolumne bar

An ATM was stolen from inside the Loggers Club in Tuolumne early Saturday morning.


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