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Women adjust to Folsom Prison

Dorm B at Folsom Prison houses 201 female inmates, who are currently helping set up Dorm A, which will take another 202. Photo by Julie Samrick

For the first time in nearly 90 years Folsom Prison has a female inmate population. The women moved into the new Folsom Women’s Facility in January. More than 151 female inmates have been transferred to FWF, with more arriving every week. Prison officials expect to be at capacity of 403 by late summer. The women […]

1 Comment / March 04, 2013 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Oak Meadow students “Meet the Masters”

Fourth-grader Haley Kay, 10, displys her textured plate that was first impressed with leaves, then fired in Oak Meado Elementary's kiln. Photo by Julie Samrick

Oak Meadow Elementary held its third annual Art Walk in its multipurpose room last Thursday evening. The fundraiser for the school’s popular “Meet the Masters” art program was also an opportunity for parents and students to browse the hundreds of pieces of student artwork on display. Led entirely by approximately 50 parent volunteers known as […]

No Comment / February 25, 2013 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

EDH Soccer Club evolves, readies for 30th season

El Dorado Hills Soccer Club President Chris Hunt, left, Competitive Program Manager Eric Davidson are excited to begin the club's 30th season this spring. Photo by Julie Samrick

Whether it’s a 4-year-old itching to play on her first soccer team, or an 18-year-old wanting to get back on the field after a break from soccer to see old friends, 2,000 children will wear the El Dorado Hills Soccer Club blue and gold uniforms this year. As competitive tryouts for this year’s teams are […]

No Comment / February 17, 2013 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Deputy DA warns of cyberspace dangers

El Dorado County Deputy District Attorney Lisette Suder gave a new face to “strangers” at a cyber safety presentation last Wednesday. The boogeyman isn’t just the obvious man in sunglasses asking children if they’d like a piece of candy anymore, she explained during her talk at Marina Village Middle School; there are, in fact, scores […]

No Comment / February 11, 2013 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Valentine’s Day is here to stay

“Whoa! That’s a lot of Valentines … Are you a teacher?” A man asked as he stared at my cart incredulously while my kids and I checked out of the Dollar Store last weekend. Toting 100 paper Valentines plus a piece of candy to attach to each one, I was genuinely happy to answer, “No […]

No Comment / February 10, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Lance Armstrong’s fall is a timeless tale

The world’s greatest storytellers allow us to better understand human beings and their complexities through fiction. Lance Armstrong’s sad fall from grace since his admission of doping is a true story, but it could just as easily been torn from the great writers’ notebooks. Armstrong symbolizes what students in high school and college English classes […]

No Comment / January 27, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Spirit of a Champion

From England to El Dorado County — New Oak Ridge head soccer coach Joe Champion said he wants to get young players excited about wearing the Trojans uniform. Tryouts are this week. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Joe Champion named Oak Ridge’s head soccer coach It was Shakespeare’s Juliet who so famously asked, “What’s in a name?” Joe Champion, Oak Ridge’s new head soccer coach, said his last name has been a lot to live it up to over his lifetime. Yet the name also helped him stand out as a young […]

No Comment / January 20, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,Sports | Read More »