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Academic decathletes hit the books

MMMM — Fried dough sizzles in the pan. This food, common in the 1930s during the Great Depression, was served at the Academic Decathlon's kick-off presentation last month. Mother Lode News photo by Shelly Thorene.

The 2010-11 Academic Decathlon will tackle a heavy topic — the Great Depression (not to be confused with the economic drag of today). On Nov. 18 students and coaches for the four participating El Dorado County high schools got into the spirit of the 1930s with Dust Bowl-era music and food as they prepared for the […]

No Comment / December 08, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Folsom names fire chief

Folsom Fire Chief Ron Phillips

Folsom City Manager Kerry Miller recently announced the appointment of Ron Phillips as fire chief, effective immediately. Chief Phillips has served as Folsom’s deputy fire chief since 2005. He replaces former Chief Dan Haverty, who retired in October. “We had a stellar crop of candidates and Chief Phillips successfully competed against some of the best […]

No Comment / December 07, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Don’t let con artists, thieves have a jolly holiday

Although the holidays are a special time of year for many, the hustle and bustle of the season can also make unsuspecting, unprepared residents the target of thieves and con artists. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department has recommended the following safety tips to help ensure a happy and safe holiday season: Around the house […]

No Comment / December 07, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Dec. 10 is property tax deadline

The delinquent date to pay the first installment of El Dorado County property taxes is Friday, Dec. 10, reports C. L. Raffety, El Dorado County treasurer-tax collector. The law allows payments to be considered timely if the postmark on the envelope indicates mailing on or before the delinquent date. However, envelopes must be postmarked by […]

No Comment / December 07, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Pharmacy robbery suspect offered deal

ROBBERY suspect Andrew Schultz appears in court Monday. Mother Lode News photo by Pat Dollins

The 22-year-old man accused of robbing an El Dorado Hills Safeway at gunpoint has been offered a plea deal, his attorney said Monday. Clifford Safranski, the public defender for suspected armed robber Andrew Schultz, said attorneys from the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office offered his client six months in jail as well as three […]

1 Comment / December 07, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Assistant CAO moves up

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors announced its selection of Terri Daly as the new Chief Administrative Officer. “We are fortunate that Terri already has a proven track record of success as a county executive,” said Board of Supervisors Chair Norma Santiago. “Terri’s experience and get-it-done approach will serve the county well.” Daly has […]

No Comment / December 06, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Library becomes dress factory

READY FOR THE CATWALK — Liv Bess, 4, models a pillowcase dress created during the first "Dress A Girl Around the World" sewing bee last Wednesday at the El Dorado Hills library. The dresses go to girls ages 4 to 12 who live in Third World countries.Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

El Dorado Hills librarian and seamstress Therese Schmidt imagines a world where every little girl owns at least one dress. Her mission is to replace the tattered and stained rags that many Third World girls wear with a clean, comfortable “pillowcase dress” and a dose of dignity and confidence. Schmidt organized the first El Dorado […]

3 Comments / December 06, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »