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DUI patrols set for Super Bowl Sunday

VACAVILLE — The Solano DUI Task Force will deploy five roving saturation patrols Sunday during and after the Super Bowl, Vacaville police said. Officers will deploy into communities where collision data reveals high incidents of DUI crashes and arrests, police said. Drunken driving is “completely preventable,” Lt. Mark Donaldson of the Vacaville Police Department said […]

Lights out for proposed electronic sign in Vacaville

FAIRFIELD — A proposed 262-square-foot curved, color, electronic message sign on the second story of a Mason Street office building downtown was turned down by a 4-1 vote of the Vacaville City Council. “I can’t see any compelling reason to support this,” Mayor Len Augustine said before the Tuesday vote. “The downtown is really successful.” […]

Council backs beer, wine sales for Vacaville store

VACAVILLE — A convenience store’s request to sell alcohol won support from a majority of council members, after praise for the store owner transforming a once-barricaded property. Rajinder Bassi seeks to sell beer and wine at the Quickway Gas Station and Convenience Store at 401 Merchant St. Mayor Len Augustine supported the store’s request and […]

Youngster battles brain cancer a 2nd time

VACAVILLE — Just seven months ago when the Daily Republic published an article on Shae McCord, she was a lively then-8-year-old involved in swim team and always on the go.

Despite still undergoing chemotherapy at that time, the only real visible sign of her fight with brain cancer was the tell-tale markings of former suture tracks that ran from her forehead to behind one of her ears. With her thick brown hair growing back, she did her best to keep the lengthy surgery trail covered.

Well on her way to recovery and looking forward to a Make-A-Wish Foundation trip to Walt Disney World in December, Shae, now 9, and her family . . .

Vacaville police to offer law enforcement academy

VACAVILLE — A community law enforcement academy is being offered by the Vacaville Police Department so that residents can learn about how their police force works and what it does to protect the community. The eight-week academy starts Feb. 4 and will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays at the Vacaville Police Department at 660 […]

Vacaville Toastmasters welcome guests

VACAVILLE — The Vaca Morning Toastmasters Club will host a special visitors’ day event from 6:40 to 8:15 a.m. Feb. 6 at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, 1 Quality Drive. The free event is open to the public and will include prizes, information about Toastmasters and an actual club meeting experience, say organizers. It will take place in Conference Room […]

Vacaville council eyes earlier start time

VACAVILLE — City Council meetings will start a half-hour earlier at 6:30 p.m. if a proposed change wins approval. Council members meeting Tuesday will take up the new starting time. The Vacaville City Council now meets at 7 p.m. in the chamber at 650 Merchant St. Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Wedding Faire offers one-stop browsing for couples

VACAVILLE — Kendra Hofland was in the right place – along with several other women, and some men, planning nuptials. Wearing a pink sash that read “Bride to Be” and topped off with pink beaded necklace, Hofland, her mother and a friend perused the 2015 Wedding Faire at the Vacaville Opera House on Sunday. She was […]

Saturday Club preps for 24th Annual Sugar ’N’ Spice Tea

VACAVILLE — The 24th annual Sugar ’N’ Spice Tea, hosted by the Saturday Club, begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the clubhouse, 125 W. Kendal St. Those who attend are welcome to bring a favorite stuffed toy, which they can show off during the parade. The Alamo School Chorus will perform. Guests will be served tea sandwiches, mini […]

Friend seeks justice for 1982 Vacaville homicide victim

VACAVILLE — Mary Borchers hopes it’s the beginning of the end.

Marvin Ray Markle Jr. was sentenced Jan. 16 in a Butte County courtroom to a prison term of 80 years to life.

The same man was identified in a California courtroom last fall as the man responsible the 1982 death of 14-year-old DeAnna Johnson, Borchers’ friend. The two shared a locker in high school.

Johnson’s body was found Nov. 16, 1982, in a field off of Elmira Road, an area visible from her home. She had attended a party the night before.

Planners OK restaurant, retail building on Elmira Road

VACAVILLE — Plans to tear down an old bank building and put a restaurant and commercial project in its place on Elmira Road got the unanimous approval Tuesday of the Vacaville Planning Commission. The proposal to build a retail and restaurant project at 661 Elmira Road will see the former First Northern Bank building there […]

Commission approves new Vacaville fire station

VACAVILLE — Proposals to build Vacaville’s fifth fire station on Cogburn Circle got the Vacaville Planning Commission’s unanimous approval Tuesday. The project passed with on a 6-0 vote with Planning Commission Chairman Joe Niccoli absent from the meeting. Vacaville plans to build a 9,000-square-foot, single-story fire station with a three-bay garage and five dorm rooms at […]

Seats available for February trips

VACAVILLE — The McBride Senior Center and Vacaville Community Services have space available for two trips in February. The first is Feb. 10-12 with the destination of Reno via Amtrak and the Sierra Nevada. Lodging, a dinner show and a candy factory tour are included. A trip to the Cliff House, complete with a champagne brunch and stop […]

City schedules Activity is Medicine classes for seniors

VACAVILLE — A six-week series of classes aimed at improving the health and lifestyle of seniors is slated to begin next month. The Activity is Medicine classes will be taught by Gordon Keiser, author of the book “The Silly Things That Make Us Sick, Fat and Old.” The first session of the series takes place from […]

Planners look to demolish former bank site in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Plans to demolish a former bank and replace the structure with a drive-thru coffee business go before Vacaville planning commissioners when they meet Tuesday. The proposed project at 661 Elmira Road will be compatible with surrounding land uses, said the city staff, which recommends commissioners approve the change. Vacaville city code requires a […]

January 21, 2015 | Posted in Vacaville | 1 Reply

Vacaville looks at new fire station in Southtown area

VACAVILLE — A new $4 million fire station that was the subject of a neighborhood meeting and would serve the Southtown development area goes before Vacaville planning commissioners when they meet Tuesday. The 9,000-square-foot station at Cogburn Circle and Vanden Road will improve response times by an estimated 3 to 5 percent, Vacaville Fire Chief […]

January 21, 2015 | Posted in Vacaville | 3 Replies

Teddy Bear Tea on Vacaville calendar

VACAVILLE — The 24th annual Sugar ‘N’ Spice Tea, hosted by the Saturday Club, begins at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the clubhouse, 125 W. Kendal St. Those attending are welcome to bring a favorite stuffed toy, which they can show off during the parade. The Alamo School Chorus will perform. Guests will be served tea […]

Aircraft lands at Nut Tree Airport with landing gear up

VACAVILLE — A small aircraft landed just before 6:30 p.m. Thursday with its landing gear up at the Nut Tree Airport, the Solano County Sheriff’s Office said. No injuries were reported and the Vacaville Fire Department contained a fuel leak. Solano County sheriff’s deputies, Vacaville firefighters and the National Transportation Safety Board responded to the […]

Las Vegas looms as lesson for Vacaville branding, exec says

VACAVILLE — The “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” marketing campaign boosted tourism to the Nevada city but branding a community like Vacaville is not an advertising-driven deal, an executive said Wednesday. Gary Sherwin, president of the Indiana-based Believable Brands that’s overseeing a $60,000 study for Vacaville, said a new logo is not the […]

Icon wins OK for street name changes

VACAVILLE — The request by Icon Aircraft to change the name of Beechcraft Road – where Icon’s new plant will be located – to Icon Way – won City Council approval Tuesday without opposition. Piper Drive will also be changed to Icon Way under the proposal that won unanimous city Planning Commission approval Dec. 16. Councilwoman Dilenna […]

Donated $733,000 armored rescue vehicle wins OK in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — City Council members agreed Tuesday, without comment, to accept the federal government’s donated armored rescue vehicle and replace the city’s outdated vehicle that police said cannot withstand most ammunition. The proposed vehicle donation was part of the consent calendar that won approval. Police Chief John Carli wrote in a report to the City […]

Giants fans get up-close look at World Series trophies

VACAVILLE — It’s been 76 days since the San Francisco Giants won its third title in five years and there are 83 days until the first pitch on opening day for the Giants.

With so many days between the last out of the season and opening day, local Giants fans were treated to the World Champions trophy tour that made a stop Tuesday in Vacaville at the Ulatis Community Center.

The tour was brought to Vacaville this time around because of Vacaville’s Junior Giants Baseball League, which is run by the Police Activities League. Stacy Andersen not only runs Vacaville’s PAL, but also is the commissioner for the Junior Giants Baseball League.

Vacaville library site of free travel seminar

VACAVILLE — Travel expert Wendy Wasserman of Wasserman Travel will share information on planning a cruise during a free session that starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center. Wasserman offers insiders’ tips and answers questions about cruise travel, according to a library press release. This program is aimed at veteran cruise travelers as well […]

Vacaville eyes $733,000 donated armored vehicle

VACAVILLE — Acceptance of the federal government’s donated armored rescue vehicle – to replace the city’s outdated vehicle that cannot withstand most ammunition – goes before Vacaville City Council members when they meet Tuesday. The vehicles are necessary in today’s environment and can cost about $400,000, Police Chief John Carli said in a report to […]

January 14, 2015 | Posted in Vacaville | 11 Replies

Guild fundraiser offers new opportunities

VACAVILLE — The Vacaville Museum Guild’s fundraiser, Dinner for Eight, has added some new opportunities this year. Four winners will be able to choose from four prizes, in the order that the tickets are drawn. One choice is dinner for eight March 7 at the Hartley House. Two other choices include a catered luncheon for eight, or […]

Fiesta Days pageant organizers seek contestants

FAIRFIELD — Contestants are sought for the 2015 Miss, Teen & Mrs. Solano County Fiesta Days pageants. The teen division is for ages 13 to 16, the miss category for ages 17 to 28. The Mrs. Division is open to married women 20 and older. Women from across Northern California are welcome to apply. Rehearsals […]

Learn how to care for roses at library workshop

VACAVILLE — Solano County Master Gardener Harish Chinai will share information this week on planting bare-root roses and rose care. The event begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center, 1020 UIatis Drive. Chinai will also cover rose categories and discuss the world’s most-famous rose gardens. There will be a question-and-answer period. For […]

Renaming streets for Icon Aircraft eyed in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — The request by Icon Aircraft to change the name of Beechcraft Road – where Icon’s new plant will be located – to Icon Way – goes before City Council members when they meet Tuesday. Icon’s chief executive officer said it would damage the aircraft manufacturer to have an address with the name of a competitor. […]

Vacaville branding begins with kickoff

VACAVILLE — The public is invited to the kickoff Wednesday for the city of Vacaville’s $60,000 branding study. “Brand Program Understanding and Consensus” begins at 2 p.m. the in city council chambers at 650 Merchant St. Gary Sherwin, president and CEO of Believable Brands, the company overseeing the study, will conduct the meeting. City officials […]

Vacaville rates in Top 100 for best place for young families

VACAVILLE — Searching for a great place to raise a family? Look no further than Vacaville. It could be exactly what you’re looking for, according to a new survey released by Apartmentlist.com. Vacaville is one of 24 California cities listed in The 100 Best Cities for Young Families. The survey was centered around four factors that were […]

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