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Elijah Mainville a "WWE Superstar"

Elijah Mainville, 8, of Soulsbyville, will appear on World Wresting Entertainment’s “Monday Night Raw,” a professional wresting program that airs 5 p.m. weekly on the USA network. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 A Soulsbyville boy in a five-year fight with cancer will soon start a fourth round of chemotherapy, but Monday he’ll become a professional wrestler. 

Woman arrested on suspicion of causing Big Creek Fire

Lisa Ann Vilmur. Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office / Courtesy photo.
 An “escaped debris fire” sparked the Big Creek Fire that raged out of control and threatened 25 homes earlier this week east of Groveland, and a woman who works in the area has been charged with a felony for allegedly recklessly causing the blaze, Cal Fire officials said Friday.

Jamestown Mine on Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors agenda

Tuolumne County is taking measures to sell the 429-acre Jamestown Mine property, near Harvard Mine Road. File photo / Union Democrat.
 Tuolumne County is looking to pave the way for a potential sale of the former Jamestown Mine property.

Columbia school board readies for new year

The new Columbia Union School District Superintendent laid out a plan to transition into the role and got to know his new employers at a special meeting of the Board of Trustees Friday morning. 

Alleged Brown Act violations, intersection project on Sonora City Council agenda

The City of Sonora wants to add two lanes to the northern section of Greenley Road at Mono Way as a way to improve traffic flow at the intersection. File photo / Union Democrat.
 A letter that could be approved by the Sonora City Council at Monday’s meeting promises to uphold the state law governing public meetings, without admitting to any alleged violations.

Sheriff’s Office: Gas siphoning common in summertime

Gas siphoning is common during the summer months, and this year is no exception, according to Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office officials.

Suspects identified in Twain Harte bank robbery

Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office / Courtesy photo.
 New information regarding suspects in a bank robbery that occurred July 21 at the Umpqua Bank in Twain Harte has surfaced. 

Ripe for the picking: Wild or homegrown, with a little care, blackberries can be rewarding

Blackberries turn a deep purple or black when ripe and ready to eat. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 For centuries, people have found joy and nourishment from picking wild blackberries, and local bushes are ripe for the picking right now.

In the Garden: Saving water in the garden saves money, too

Plants, animals and human beings need water to survive. 

Swim stars

Tuolumne County Aquatics swimmer Peyton Frediani, 13, sets a fast pace in her first stroke of her 200 individual medley July 24 at the Oakdale Invitational. Courtesy photo.
 Over 250 youth swimmers, including Tuolumne County Aquatics, competed July 24 at the Oakdale Invitational. Swimmers from the host city, Davis, Lodi, Turlock and Ellis from Tracy raced in the 25-yard course at Oakdale High School’s pool.

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