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Good News: 2 Solano high schoolers to perform at Carnegie Hall

St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School in Vallejo announced that two singers are invited to participate in this year’s Honors Performance Choir at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Ashley Cortes of Fairfield was selected for the Honors Women’s Choir, along with Sarina Levin of Vallejo, who was selected for the Honors Concert Choir. They will head to New […]

I-680 crash leaves Lincoln man dead

FAIRFIELD — A 30-year-old man from Lincoln died after a crash Friday afternoon on northbound Interstate 680 near Gold Hill Road, according to a California Highway Patrol press release. The crash happened at approximately 2:12 p.m. and involved three vehicles. A Hyundai Accent driven by the 30-year-old victim was traveling north behind a Honda driven by 20-year-old Davis resident […]

Plea deal nets Fairfield ex-con 8 years in prison

FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield ex-con took a plea deal Friday that will land him eight years in prison for a pair of 2014 muggings. Frederick F. Ferrando, 37, was accused in the attack and robbery of a 69-year-old Vallejo woman in front of her home, during which the woman’s purse was stolen, on the afternoon of […]

Jury acquits Fairfield man of 2 murder charges

FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield man who faced two murder charges and the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison was acquitted Friday after a three-week jury trial. Patrick E. Alley, 44, had been locked up for the past four and a half years since his arrest by Solano County sheriff’s deputies in 2011. […]

Singer-Songwriters competition set to start

VACAVILLE — Start honing those vocal pipes and fine-turning those lyrics. The Vacaville Singer-Songwriters competition kicks off Wednesday in downtown Vacaville. The competition continues Wednesdays through March 9. The finals are March 16. The event takes place at a different location each week and is open to solo acts, duos or trios. Space restrictions prohibit a […]

‘In Love’ theme of Lucky Penny’s 10-minute plays

FAIRFIELD — Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Lucky Penny’s fourth annual festival of 10-minute plays features eight new works written about love. The plays presented were chosen by a “blind” reading committee. More than 100 entries were submitted from authors across the country. All take a different look at love and relationships between people of […]

Fairfield train station, Peabody Road work on track, city says

FAIRFIELD — Rain isn’t slowing progress on the Fairfield-Vacaville Train Station, the city says of the largest public works project in its history. The station and Peabody Road overpass work are on track and on time, with Peabody Road expected to reopen in August by the start of the 2016-17 school year, the city said […]

Fairfield library site of naturalization/citizenship info session

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Cordelia Library, 5050 Business Center Drive, will host a naturalization/citizenship information session at 2 p.m. Saturday. This event will be led by a representative from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, according to an announcement for the session. Those who attend will learn more about the naturalization process and will also have […]

Deadline nears for California Association of Student Councils program applications

FAIRFIELD — The deadline for high school students to apply to the California Association of Student Councils for the Student Advisory Board on Legislation in Education is Feb. 12. This is a three-day program in Sacramento for a select group of high school students to take place Feb. 22-24. Students create and present refined proposals to the […]

Fairfield library combines chocolate, trivia at event for teens

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Civic Center Library will host what’s described as a chocolate and fun-filled program for teens next week. Teens are invited to come to the library to compete in a number of events that center on chocolate including trivia, relay races, taste testing and more from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at Fairfield […]

County OKs Suisun Valley housing project

Controversy follows Woodcreek66 development through debate by supervisors FAIRFIELD — Controversy that has followed the Woodcreek66 housing development carried over with Solano County supervisors as they debated the fate of the project in a lengthy meeting that went into late Tuesday night. Supervisors were split on the project until a compromise was struck that gained […]

Police arrest teen after assault at mall parking lot leaves woman with life-threatening injuries

FAIRFIELD — A 63-year-old woman was transported Wednesday to a trauma center with life-threatening head injuries after an assault in a parking lot at the Solano Town Center mall – followed by the arrest of a 19-year-old suspect in Vallejo less than an hour later, Fairfield police said. The Fairfield Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit interviewed several […]

Lake Berryessa in need of more runoff this season

FAIRFIELD — El Niño may be back, but Lake Berryessa has yet to net any significant results.

The lake has gained about 75,000 acre feet of water since hitting a low mark of 816,273 acre feet in early December, but that’s only about 45 percent of the annual diversion that’s needed, according to Kevin King, Solano Irrigation District Water and Power Operations manager.

“We would definitely welcome some more inflow with additional rain this season,” he said.

Officials are hopeful of seeing a couple of more significant storms in February and March, he said.

Couples: Share ‘your’ song

FAIRFIELD — Cupid strikes in many ways, one of them being through music. The Daily Republic wants to hear from couples what “their” song is. Maybe you love an oldie, but goodie, such as the 1962 Ray Charles hit “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” Or, your musical ear may prefer the harmony of the Gibb brothers […]

Suspect in Fairfield park beating appears in Solano court after arrest near Seattle

FAIRFIELD — A former Solano Community College women’s basketball player made her first court appearance Wednesday since her January arrest, after being on the lam for nearly a year. Ajanee Rankins, 20, pleaded not guilty to felony charges of assault and vandalism. She is accused of joining two of her former teammates, Justice Robinson, 19, […]

Jubilee returns to Vacaville for 29th annual gala

VACAVILLE — The 29th Solano Wine & Food Jubilee returns to Vacaville for 2016. The event is April 23 at the Sunrise Event Center at 620 Orange Drive. The venue opened late last year and features chandeliers, marble floors and cherry wood paneling. Ticket-holders will experience some of the things they’ve come to love about Wine & […]

Library to host film, discussion on Port Chicago incident

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Civic Center Library will host a short film and discussion for African-American Heritage Month about the Port Chicago disaster and mutiny from 11 a.m. to noon Feb. 13. On July 17, 1944, 320 sailors and civilians lost their lives and 390 more were injured when a ship loaded with munitions at the […]

The Leaven plans event to support military

SUISUN CITY — The Leaven will host a Leaven Gives Back event in support of the troops at 4 p.m. Feb. 11 at The Leaven Village Center at 504 Civic Center Blvd. Children from The Leaven’s after-school programs will create Valentine’s Day cards for airmen stationed at Travis Air Force Base. Leaven Gives Back was created to […]

Sales tax plan to pay for Solano road repair moves a step closer to June ballot

FAIRFIELD — A new sales tax plan to pay for road repair in Solano County is one step closer to appearing on the June ballot.

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to introduce an ordinance for the measure to impose a half-cent sales tax countywide for five years that could provide funding for the repair and . . .

County backs deal with Mission Solano to provide housing

FAIRFIELD — A 20-year purchase agreement for 20 transitional housing beds at the Mission Solano Bridge to Life Center to be used for Solano County Health and Social Services clients was approved by a unanimous vote Tuesday of the Board of Supervisors. The agreement, at a cost to the county of $300,000, will provide for […]

Solano supervisors OK loan so agency can provide transitional housing

FAIRFIELD — Solano County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a 10-year loan agreement of $720,000 to Bay Area Community Services for the purchase of an eight-unit residential building in Fairfield. The property at 345 E. Travis Blvd. will house the agency’s crisis after-care program and provide 10 or more additional beds of transitional housing […]

AARP offers free tax preparation across Solano County

FAIRFIELD — Free tax help is available through April 15 for people of all ages through Tax-Aide, a program of the AARP Foundation offered in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service and the California Franchise Tax Board. The program provides free, nationwide tax counseling services. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are trained in cooperation with the IRS to offer […]

Man faces ag theft charge in alleged Dixon corn heist

FAIRFIELD — Javier Ortega, 46, was held to answer Monday on a charge of grand theft of agricultural product after testimony in Solano County Superior Court by sheriff’s deputies and a farm owner about two tons of corn taken from Atkinson Farms outside Dixon. Deputies testified about responding at about 8 p.m. Oct. 6 to […]

Couples: Share ‘your’ song

FAIRFIELD — Cupid strikes in many ways, one of them being through music. The Daily Republic wants to hear from couples what “their” song is. Maybe you love an oldie, but goodie, such as the 1962 Ray Charles hit “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” Or, your musical ear may prefer the harmony of the Gibb brothers […]

Man hit, killed while crossing street in Vallejo

VALLEJO — A man was hit by a vehicle and killed while crossing the street Monday night in Vallejo. The incident was reported shortly before 7 p.m. on the 5100 block of Sonoma Boulevard. Lt. Michael Nichelini said in a police press release that a man was trying to walk across Sonoma Boulevard north of […]

Board to view design changes for new Solano College science building

ROCKVILLE — A look at design changes for the new science building at the Fairfield-area campus, which could cost $6 million, is included on the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting of the Solano Community College governing board. The meeting also includes a budget update by Yulian Ligioso, Solano College’s vice president of Finance and Administration, and progress […]

Flyway Festival returns this month to Mare Island

VALLEJO — The 20th annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival is Feb. 19-21 at Mare Island. The three-day free event celebrates the return of more than 1 million shorebirds and hundreds of thousands of ducks, geese, hawks and songbirds that migrate through the San Francisco Bay Area. This year the festival starts in Building 253, 500 Connolly […]

First Northern Community Bancorp announces 2015 earnings

DIXON — First Northern Community Bancorp, the holding company for First Northern Bank, has announced earnings through the fourth quarter of 2015. The company reported year-to-date net income of $6.9 million for the 12-month period ended Dec. 31, 2015, up 17 percent compared to net income of $5.9 million reported for 2014, Louise Walker, president […]

Vehicle crashes on frontage road, lands on freeway

VACAVILLE — An early afternoon crash Sunday tied up westbound Interstate 80 traffic near Vacaville. A call about 12:45 p.m. to the California Highway Patrol reported a vehicle had overturned from a frontage road and landed on the freeway. The red pickup truck came off Lyon Road between the Cherry Glen Road and Manuel Campos Boulevard […]

Solano libraries exhibit quilts to mark Black History Month

FAIRFIELD — Solano County libraries will celebrate Black History Month by exhibiting the work of the Quilting Sisters at all eight branches. The Quilting Sisters group has been gathering for 15 years, and its members teach, encourage and support each other as they produce their work, according to a library press release. Members of the Quilting Sisters […]

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