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Officer of the Year

District Attorney Vern Pierson, left, names Craig Hellberg Officer of the Year. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

El Dorado County district attorney investigative assistant Craig Hellberg received the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills Officer of the Year Award Wednesday morning. Hellberg has been with the DA’s Office for 10 years. His relentless and invaluable work behind the scenes has helped county deputy district attorneys obtain convictions in hundreds if not thousands of cases, […]

Comments Off / June 20, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Former ORHS principal files lawsuit

Former ORHS Principal Paul Burke is seen here welcoming students back to school at the start of the 2015-16 year. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Former Oak Ridge High School principal Paul Burke has filed a federal lawsuit alleging wrongful termination against the El Dorado Union High School District. Three district employees are also named in the suit filed June 14, including Superintendent Stephen Wehr, Assistant Superintendent and Director of Human Resources Tony DeVille and Burke’s former administrative assistant Courtney Soto. Burke […]

2 Comments / June 20, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Supervisors OK recommended budget; changes likely

By a vote of 3-2, El Dorado County Supervisors accepted a “recommended budget” on June 14. Brian Veerkamp, Sue Novasel and Michael Ranalli representing districts 3, 5 and 4, respectively, overrode the opposition of District 1 and District 2 Supervisors Ron Mikulaco and Shiva Frentzen. Following a full day of budget-related hearings June 13, the […]

Comments Off / June 20, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Coach Norwood shines bright

Loved by athletes and parents alike, Bruin track and field coach Karen Norwood's eternally optimistic and supportive presence is a key reason for nearly ten percent of Ponderosa students signing up for the team each spring. Photo by Diane Orciuoli

SHINGLE SPRINGS — El Dorado Hills resident Virginia Yarak couldn’t have been more impressed during a track meet her middle school-age son participated in at Ponderosa High School last season. As she sat in the bleachers, Yarak described a smooth operation by the hosting Camerado Middle School and Ponderosa High School teams and said she […]

Comments Off / June 16, 2016 | Posted in News,Sports | Read More »

Growing up with ‘The Greatest’

El Dorado Hills resident Chuck Hammond, left, poses with Muhammad Ali during an event in Louisville in 1995. Courtesy photo

When El Dorado Hills resident and youth sports coach Chuck Hammond was growing up in Louisville, Ken., the highlight of his week was Wednesday night. “Whatever part of Louisville you lived in, all the black people got together at Grace Community Center for a potluck,” Hammond remembered. “The kids played basketball and boxed. No one […]

Comments Off / June 15, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

EDH Crime Watch: June 2-8

The following information was taken from El Dorado County sheriff’s reports: June 2 10:12 p.m. A woman reported animal cruelty on Bantry Place. June 3 9:11 a.m. A cell phone was reported lost on Valley View Parkway. Its owner reported that she tracked the missing phone to a Sacramento address. 4:07 p.m. An unidentified man reportedly […]

Comments Off / June 14, 2016 | Posted in Crime Watch | Read More »

Taz Devils outswim Dolphins

The El Dorado Taz girl swimmers get after it in one of Saturday's races against Loomis Basin. Photo by Eric Boucher

LOOMIS — The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils swim team had a big win against the Loomis Basin Dolphins Saturday. As the visiting team, Taz handily won the meet 508-279. Head coach Jenn Soto credited swimmers for getting out of comfort zones. “We had only five 15-18 girls today, which was a challenge with relays,” […]

Comments Off / June 13, 2016 | Posted in News,Sports | Read More »