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My Turn: Help our veterans now

Ronald Reagan said, “Freedom, and the dignity of the individual, have been more available and assured here than in any other place on earth. The price for this freedom at times has been high. But, we have never been unwilling to pay that price. Those who say we are in a time when there are […]

Comments Off / February 24, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: New beginnings are fun

It is that time of the year when I think about what I want to add to my life or subtract from my life. Most of the time, even years have been better than odd years in my life. Feeling better physically is my ultimate goal in 2016. I am still recovering from a stroke […]

Comments Off / January 03, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Human bones found at Folsom Lake

Sheriff's investigators work the scene where a human skull and other bones were found Friday along Folsom Lake's shoreline near Browns Ravine. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

A mother and son found a human skull in the Browns Ravine/Hobie Cove area of Folsom Lake Thursday evening. El Dorado County sheriff’s investigators responded to the scene. “(Investigators) are thinking that the body could be 10 to 15 years old (in the water, not the person’s age). The victim could have drowned from a boat accident … suicide, […]

Comments Off / November 16, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Billlingsley’s Bullets: The time to change is now

My dad was not big on talking about the past or the future. He was a “right now” person. According to him, people who still dwelled on the past were looking for an excuse to explain their present failures. Instead of improving their present circumstances, they wasted a lot of time and energy creating alibis […]

1 Comment / August 16, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Ryan Anderson on road to recovery

RYAN ANDERSON works out at last Friday's pre-game shoot-around at Sleep Train Arena. Village Life photo by Mike Bush

SACRAMENTO — From the time he stepped onto the Sleep Train Arena floor last Friday, through warm-ups and until his New Orleans Pelicans left the arena with a 101-95 win over the host Sacramento Kings, Ryan Anderson felt beyond good. The former Oak Ridge High and Cal basketball standout made his second and final appearance of the […]

Comments Off / April 06, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Man drives into lake at Brown’s Ravine

A man died after he apparently intentionally drove his vehicle into Folsom Lake at Brown’s Ravine Marina on Feb. 17. El Dorado County sheriff’s officials reported that when Folsom Lake employees arrived for work, they saw a man sitting inside a vehicle parked on a boat ramp, facing the water. Shortly after, employees saw it […]

Comments Off / February 23, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

It’s a wonderful play

George Bailey (Nathan Truka) gets ready to jump from a bridge when Clarence (Geoffrey Lack) finds him in "It's a Wonderful Life." Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Green Valley Community Church member Nathan Truka didn’t mean for it to happen, but by golly, he sounds just like Jimmy Stewart. The one-of-a-kind Stewart intonations and folksy way of speaking have become two-of-a-kind, as Truka takes on the part played by Stewart in the award-winning film, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Truka and a cast […]

Comments Off / December 04, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »



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