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Colver’s murder trial begins

ACCUSED MURDERE Steven Colver, left, confers with his defense attorney Dain Weiner, right,  prior to opening statements  in Placerville's Superior Court Tuesday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

Joanne Witt, a 47-year-old single mother, was stabbed to death in her own El Dorado Hills home on the evening of June 11, 2009. That much is certain. Details of the gruesome killing, though, differ, depending on who’s talking. Opening statements in the murder trial of Steven Paul Colver were delivered Tuesday morning inside a […]

No Comment / May 17, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Super spellers

RESCUE SUPERINTENDENT Carol Bly moderated the Division I El Dorado County Spelling Bee, and was warmly greeted by members of the first- and second-grade team from Jackson Elementary. Left to right are: Sofia Gonzalez, Maya Nambisan, Ethan Rutherford and Cade Bundalian. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

El Dorado Hill students p-e-r-f-o-r-m-e-d well at the 31st annual El Dorado County Spelling Bee hosted by the Pollock PInes Elementary School District. Students from 20 elementary schools from Tahoe to El Dorado Hills participated in the event. Oak Meadow Elementary’s third- and fourth-graders won first place in Division II competition. Lake Forest Elementary’s fifth-grade […]

1 Comment / May 17, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

B-17 “Flying Fortress” lands in Sac

THE ALUMINUM OVERCAST touched down at McClellan Air Force Base last week and took VIllage Life reporter Mike Roberts for a wild ride. VIllage Life photo by Shelly Thorene

The legend goes like this: A Seattle Times reporter sees an early B-17 close for the first time in July 1935, machine guns emanating from its nose, tail, top, bottom and several points in between — 13 in all — and gasps, “Why, it’s a flying fortress!” Boeing officials, recognizing a great brand name when […]

No Comment / May 16, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Oak Ridge student pens winning essay, goes to D.C.

WINNER — Oak Ridge student Mike Tharratt, left, received recognition from Bill of Rights Institute Director Robert Testwuide, journalist John Stossel and journalist Juan Williams at a gala in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo

Oak Ridge High School junior Mike Tharratt recently returned from Washington, D.C., where he, his high school AP U.S. History teacher Matt Hodgins and a parent were treated to an all-expense paid trip courtesy of the Bill of Rights Institute. Last fall Hodgins submitted several essays written by members of his AP U.S. History class […]

No Comment / May 13, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Oak Ridge English teacher remembered

"MAKE ME PROUD" — Mike O'€™Meara spoke at a plaque dedication ceremony honoring his wife Tina O'€™Meara, who taught freshman English at Oak Ridge High School from 1983 through 2006, and lost a five-year battle with pancreatic cancer in October 2010. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

Early in 2010 former Oak Ridge teacher-of-the year Tina O’Meara, who was entering the fifth year of her battle with pancreatic cancer, refused Village Life’s request for an interview. She lost the battle in October, and became one of just 4 percent of pancreatic cancer victims that survive that long She turned us down because […]

No Comment / May 13, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Dave Roberts named fire chief

THE BOSS CONGRATULATES THE CHIEF - Union Boss” Tom Anselmo, left, president of the El Dorado Hills Professional Firefighters Local 3604, was one of the first to congratulate Dave Roberts, the newly named El Dorado Hills Fire Chief. Anselmo and union Vice President Dave Brady were both involved in the chief candidate assessments. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

The El Dorado Hills Fire Board named Battalion Chief Dave Roberts, to the top job last week. Roberts was one of two internal candidates for the position. The other, Division Chief Jim O’Camb, has been filling in as interim chief since Jan. 19, 2011, when former Chief Brian Veerkamp formally stepped down. The promotion frees up budgetary […]

No Comment / May 11, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Lakeview students learn about healthy eating, fresh air

LITTLE GARDENER — Lakeview Elementary School student Kate, 7, rakes the soil in a raised bed in the school's garden. Healthy fruits and vegetables were planted by students, parents and community volunteers. ViIlage Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Can I go water the carrots? It’s a question teachers at Lakeview Elementary School will hear more often now that students, parents, teachers and community partners have built the school’s first garden. “We’ve been nurturing these kids as our garden … and now we’ve given them a garden,” said Principal Judy Chance. The six large […]

No Comment / May 09, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »