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Family, community mourn loss of Keegan Swinney

Gifts left at the painted rock pay tribute to young Keegan Swinney, who died last week after a friend accidentally shot him with a pellet gun. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

By Noel Stack and Jim Ratajczak Ten-year-old Keegan Swinney died last week after a tragic pellet gun shooting accident near his home in El Dorado Hills. The Silva Valley Elementary School student, who was shot in the chest by a 10-year-old friend, made it back to his Waterman Court home before collapsing. Family members administered […]

No Comment / December 05, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Christmas comes early for ‘Littles’

Fatima Hernandez, 14, of Placerville, left, looks at toys on the shelves, trying to decide which one to buy for her little brother at the Big Brothers Big Sisters shopping event at Target in El Dorado Hills Saturday. She is assisted by volunteer Stacey Davidson, 43, of Diamond Springs and translator Juanita Mesa, 50, of Placerville. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

About 150 Big Brothers Big Sisters children and as many volunteers woke up bright and early (actually, it was still a little dark) for a special shopping trip Saturday morning. The “Littles” spent the morning at Town Center, enjoying a pancake breakfast courtesy of the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills and a Target shopping spree […]

No Comment / December 05, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Buckeye’s Best showcases young talent

THE LAZER STRINGS — Chase Forsberg, 8, Zack Foster, 10, and Preston Forsberg, 10, add Hawaiian flare to the Buckeye's Best talent show. The trio will perform "Surf's Up." Village Life photo by Noel Stack

For one night only 43 of the finest young acts El Dorado County has to offer will perform on one stage … all in the name of education. “It’s pretty awesome and the quality … they’ll blow your socks off,” said Theresa Miller, the show’s producer. Buckeye’s Best, a talent show featuring about 120 children […]

No Comment / December 01, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

Let the holidays shine

Visitors gather around the large Christmas Tree lit up at El Dorado Hills Town Center's special holiday event Saturday. The fun include games from Radio Disney and a visit from the big man in red. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

Hundreds of people packed together, for warmth and for a good look, at El Dorado Hills Town Center’s annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony Saturday night. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived in style in an El Dorado Hills fire engine and, after greeting countless children eager to share their Christmas lists, the couple flipped the switch. […]

No Comment / November 28, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

More details emerge in ‘Susanville 70’ case

Peanut was the second Whispering Pines horse rescued by the Grace Foundation that died because of her poor health.

Recent developments in the Grace Foundation’s rescue of 56 abused and starving horses from the derelict Whispering Pines Ranch in Susanville include evidence that ranch owner Dwight Bennett was also a foster parent to at least one child while the rotting carcasses of 28 horses and three dogs lay in plain sight on the ranch. […]

1 Comment / November 28, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Family fights to keep abuser behind bars

SUSAN HAMLIN, left, sits with her family in their El Dorado Hills home. From left, the children are Jenn, 14; Clare, 16; and Alec, 19. The family is hoping that a Dec. 5 parole hearing will leave Susan's ex-husband and their father, Richard Hamlin, behind bars. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

The last time Susan Hamlin saw her now ex-husband Richard Hamlin a free man was just before his February 2004 arrest. The criminal defense attorney from El Dorado Hills had called police to report a threat on his life, but it was he who ended up in handcuffs after an investigation revealed he had abused […]

3 Comments / November 28, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Shoppers line up for midnight deals

Big buy —€” First in line outside the store, El Dorado Hills resident Nicholas Boyle made quick work of his Black Friday shopping trip at Target, taking advantage of a great TV doorbuster and other sales. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

At the stroke of midnight the post-Thanksgiving shopping season officially began in El Dorado Hills when about 500 night owls rushed into Target and snatched up irresistible deals. Minutes after the doors opened shoppers had their carts full. So what deals had them all up early or out late? “It’s mostly electronics and toys early […]

1 Comment / November 25, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »