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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 »

Measure E ahead; Measure G behind

The bitterly contested Measures E and G split votes almost into a mirror image of each other. As reported by the El Dorado County Elections Department on June 8, yes on Measure E received 51 percent of the vote and no on E got 48 percent, a swing of 1,711 votes; G is losing by swapped percentages […]

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

Former ORHS coach arrested

Michael Martis

The Sacramento Police Department announced the arrest of former Oak Ridge High School coach Michael Martis Friday. The 57-year-old is accused of having a sexual relationship with a St. Francis Catholic High School student. Martis served as the Sacramento high school’s softball coach before he transferred to El Dorado Hills, where he coached for one season. “Oak […]

1 Comment / June 13, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Voters keep Judge Brooks on the bench

Supporters surround El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Nelson Brooks at his election night celebration. Brooks beat challenger Roland Tiemann. Photo by Nicholas Trylovich

The jurors, rather the voters, have spoken and El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Nelson Brooks, Office 2, will stay on the job. The unofficial final report for Primary Election report shows that Brooks earned 58.53 percent of the votes and Roland Tiemann received 41.16 percent. Judge Brooks told Village Life he was busy Wednesday taking down campaign signs around the county, as […]

Comments Off / June 10, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »