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Vacaville veterans still serving their community

VACAVILLE — They served their nation during wartime and in peace, and on Thanksgiving, American Legion Post 165 in Vacaville was among a number of other organizations around the area to serve their communities. An army of more than 100 volunteers – about half current or former military, some bused in from Travis – served […]

Plenty of offerings to fuel a happy holiday mood

FAIRFIELD — There’s no reason to lack holiday spirit when Solano County cities offer a bevy of events celebrating Christmas. All you need to do is put on a Christmas sweater, grab those tickets where needed and get your jolly on. Here’s a city-by-city list of holiday-related performances and events. Fairfield Parthenon Ballet returns to the Fairfield […]

Solano steps out for holidays with community festivities

FAIRFIELD — Communities across Solano County will again get into the holiday spirit this winter with community tree lightings, caroling, Christmas gift vendors and the arrival of Santa Claus. Vacaville gets things started Vacaville starts the season when it hosts its 33rd annual Merriment on Main celebration from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday from West Street to Davis Street in downtown […]

DA seeks cash from suspected drug trafficker

FAIRFIELD — Police said they found $2,225 in cash on Ruben Alexander Tomelloso, a digital scale in the trunk of his vehicle and suspected methamphetamine when he was stopped in May along Davis Street in Vacaville – and the Solano County district attorney wants the funds forfeited because she contends Tomelloso was trafficking drugs. An […]

Law enforcement reps pouring the java

VACAVILLE — Representatives from the Solano County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol and Vacaville Police Department will host Coffee with a Cop at 8 a.m. on Dec. 3 at the Journey Coffee Company, 894 Alamo Drive, in Vacaville. “We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns or simply get to […]

Library offers free SAT practice test

VACAVILLE — The Vacaville Cultural Center Library, in partnership with Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, will offer free practice tests and workshops to prepare for SAT college admissions testing. The test session will be from noon to 4 p.m. on Dec. 5 at the library on 1020 Ulatis Drive in Vacaville. For more information call 1-866-57-ASKUS. Reach […]

Warm and Fuzzy crafting offered for teens

VACAVILLE — The Vacaville Cultural Center Library will let teens make something soft, warm and fuzzy for a craft project. Polar fleece and wool will be used to make a variety of no-sew items. The program is for ages 12 and up. The event will be from 3 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 2 at […]

SEIU workers ratify contract with county

FAIRFIELD — Solano County employees represented by the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 voted overwhelmingly this week to ratify a tentative contract with the county, the union announced. The Board of Supervisors received an update about the contract during a closed session Tuesday, and is expected to vote on the pact at its next meeting Dec. 8, […]

Peña Adobe to host Christmas Bazaar

VACAVILLE — The Peña Adobe Historical Society will host an Old-Fashioned Christmas Bazaar at the adobe from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 5, with local author Ted Haskins talking about how he was reunited with his birth family. Haskins finished his book, “Twice Delivered,” last year. It details the journey of two siblings from separation to […]

Couple face child endangerment charges after judge sees burn video

FAIRFIELD — Details about how a 12-year-old boy was seriously burned at a slumber party earlier this year have resulted in a Vacaville couple being ordered to stand trial on felony child endangerment charges. A judge and prosecutor in the Monday probable cause hearing for Daryl M. Gunderson and Kathryn M. Breen raised concerns about how […]

400 turkey dinners provided by Mission Solano

FAIRFIELD – Mission Solano provided about 400 turkey dinners Tuesday as cars lined up along Travis Boulevard to receive the holiday meals that came with help from Fairfield city employees.

“They’re a lifesaver,” Fairfield resident Wendell Celestine said of Mission Solano “They really are.”

The turkeys the non-profit provided for the 17th year included those donated by Fairfield city employees, whose 350 turkeys also went to St. Stephen’s CME, Heather House and Mount Calvary Baptist Church.

Vacaville police seek public’s help to identify suspects

VACAVILLE — Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying those responsible for an attack last week on a school janitor. Authorities said they were dispatched at about 7:40 p.m. Wednesday to Markham Elementary School for the assault of a custodian who was cleaning a classroom. The school was not in session and there were no children […]

Vacaville ranches open for shopping, family fun

VACAVILLE — Binion Ranch and Menagerie Hill Ranch invite the public to visit 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday for shopping, food and activities for the family. More than two dozen vendors will offer holiday wares for sale including jewelry, candles, home decor, essential oils, cosmetics and beauty products, clothing, accessories, dog treats and more. […]

Biz Buzz: Nominate a nurse for a DAISY award

FAIRFIELD — NorthBay Healthcare is seeking nominations for an award that recognizes nurses who go above and beyond what’s required to serve the needs of hospital patients. The DAISY Award was created in memory of J. Patrick Barnes by his family, who were grateful for all the support and help giving to him during his battle […]

Biz Buzz: Kaiser hospitals receive A in safety report

VACAVILLE — Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Vacaville and Vallejo were among 13 hospitals to receive the top score of A by the Leapfrog Group in its biannual safety report. The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits, released its Fall Hospital Safety Scores after examining publicly available data […]

Vacaville veterans plan Thanksgiving meal

VACAVILLE — Vacaville veterans will put on their traditional free community Thanksgiving dinner at the Vacaville Veterans Memorial Hall. The dinner will be served at the hall from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Veterans and volunteers will provide deliveries in Vacaville to those who phone in a request. The location is 549 Merchant St., Vacaville. Reach the […]

McBride Senior Center offers meals on Thanksgiving

VACAVILLE — The McBride Senior Center will offer a free Thanksgiving Day meal from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday. The event will take place at 91 Town Square Place, Vacaville. Reservations are required and can be made at 469-6660. Reach the Daily Republic newsroom at 425-4646.

Vacaville offers community water rate meetings

VACAVILLE — Vacaville will conduct a series of community meetings about a proposed water rate increase. City staff will be available to answer questions. The dates, times and locations are: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Ulatis Community Center, 1000 Ulatis Drive, Room D. 7 p.m. Dec. 1, Three Oaks Community Center, 1100 Alamo Drive. 1:30 p.m. Dec. 15, […]

Supervisors consider plan to create new public health unit

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider a proposed reorganization of the Department of Health and Social Services to create a new Medical Services Division. The county’s Department of Health and Social Services has recommended dividing Public Health into two divisions: the Public Health Division and the Medical Services Division. The […]

CHP, library team for Start Smart driving class for teens, their parents

VACAVILLE — The Solano area California Highway Patrol will conduct a Start Smart class in December. The CHP in conjunction with the Vacaville Library will host the free educational program on teen driving for both teens and parents. Parent or guardian attendance is mandatory. The class will take place from 6 to 8:15 p.m. Dec. 3 at […]

NorthBay schedules early December blood drive

VACAVILLE — NorthBay Healthcare will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 3 at VacaValley Hospital campus in Vacaville. Participants will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card. The hospital is located at 1000 Nut Tree Road. Sign up at www.bloodsource.com/drives and enter the location code […]

Judge weighs sentence for man responsible for deadly DUI crash

FAIRFIELD — A 24-year-old Fairfield man who was the “designated driver” on the night of Oct. 25, 2014, and later convicted of felony vehicular manslaughter and felony drunken driving charges was taken into custody Friday while a judge considers his fate. Prosecutors say Gary S. Woodgate told his friends after a night of drinking that he was all right […]

2 convicted robbers face long prison sentences

FAIRFIELD — Two men who robbed a U-Haul business in Vacaville face long prison stints after being found guilty Friday of multiple robbery and assault charges. Joshua L. Davenport and Michael J. Delacruz walked into the East Monte Vista Avenue business on the evening of Jan. 5, 2014. They forced the employees into one area […]

Authorities arrest 4 during Solano sex offender compliance checks

FAIRFIELD — Four people were arrested after 16 sex offender compliance checks Wednesday and Thursday, the Solano County Sheriff’s Office said. Three were arrested for failing to comply with the terms of their parole, and one for failing to comply with the terms of his probation, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s Investigations Bureau, Solano County […]

Solano unemployment rate up for October

FAIRFIELD — The unemployment rate in Solano County increased slightly for October, one of several months to experience an uptick during a year that has seen a steady decline in jobless figures, according to data released Friday by the California Employment Development Department. October’s jobless rate was 5.6 percent, compared to a revised 5.2 percent figure […]

Holiday tradition dances into local venues

FAIRFIELD — Eighty dancers, four performances and four demonstration shows would tax many ballet companies doing “The Nutcracker.” For Adam Aicher, artistic director of Parthenon Ballet Company, the biggest challenge is taking a “100-year-old classic and keep it up to par.” “The Nutcracker” is a two-act ballet to the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It […]

Labor dispute focused in part on negotiating process

FAIRFIELD — Service Employees International Union Local 1021 officials complained during the current labor dispute with Solano County that the county refused to engage in real negotiations – a claim the county denied. Specifically, SEIU Local 1021, which represents more than 1,700 county employees, claimed the county failed to engage in dialogue at the bargaining table. The […]

Solano County, SEIU reach tentative pact in labor dispute

FAIRFIELD — A late-night tentative agreement with the Service Employees International Union was reached Thursday after a 10-hour session with a state mediator, Solano County officials said – and a union spokeswoman said its bargaining team will recommend members approve the agreement. …

Police arrest man for allegedly shining laser light at CHP airplane

VACAVILLE — A 40-year-old motorist was arrested Wednesday night east of Vacaville on suspicion of shining a powerful green laser light at a California Highway Patrol airplane, according to the CHP. David C. Fanning was booked into the Solano County jail on suspicion of the felony, the CHP said. Bail information was not available online. […]

Travis changes flight patterns

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — If residents are seeing more Travis Air Force Base aircraft overhead in eastern Fairfield or southeastern Vacaville this fall, it is because the Air Force has changed its flight patterns, the base announced Thursday. Travis implemented the flight pattern changes Oct. 9 to enhance flight safety and improve training flexibility, the announcement […]

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