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Vacaville Christian sends Class of 2015 into the world

VACAVILLE — Commencement for Vacaville Christian High School’s Class of 2015 on Thursday was both an ending and a new beginning.

The 63 graduates stepped forward to accept their diplomas accompanied by the cheers and yells of their friends and family on the school’s football field during a warm evening that was made pleasant by an evening breeze.

Principal Janet Fogh described the young men and women as “strong, capable, accomplished and ready for the future,” with 94 percent of them headed to college and five of them entering the armed forces.

Solano County budget plan builds workforce, spends savings

FAIRFIELD — Solano County will use projected fund balances and draws from reserves to allow it to make ends meet for the 2015-16 fiscal year, according to a proposed budget to be considered next month by the Board of Supervisors. Budget hearings are slated for June 22 as the board debates the financial package of approximately $892.27 […]

Court rejects jury pool challenge in trial of man accused of killing Capoot

FAIRFIELD — The Court of Appeal late Thursday afternoon rejected an effort in the San Francisco court by the defense team for an accused cop killer to further delay or reject jury selection in his murder trial. Henry A. Smith of Fairfield faces murder and robbery charges and faces the possibility of the death penalty in […]

Dead whale washes ashore north of San Francisco

POINT REYES STATION, Calif. — Another dead whale washed ashore in Northern California, the 12th carcass that has appeared in the past few months and marks a higher-than-normal number of deaths but not a record. The dozen whales have been found along nearly 300 miles of coastline and are of different species and various ages. […]

Air Force base, city, school district prepare for Peabody Road closure

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield, Travis School District and Travis Air Force Base officials have geared up for the 14-month-long closure of Peabody Road that starts June 12 with detour routes, an expanded school busing program and open-for-business signage for affected businesses.

Peabody Road between Vanden Road and Huntington Drive is being closed for approximately 14 months during the construction…

Bertani: Time for action on Fairfield homelessness

FAIRFIELD — A town hall meeting on homelessness in Fairfield is planned Aug. 1 – with a proposal to the City Council about Destiny Place to follow Aug. 18. “August will be our month to get this done,” Councilwoman Pam Bertani said Wednesday at the Rethink Homelessness meeting headed by the Fairfield councilwoman. “It’s time […]

Study: Santa Clara County costs for homeless total $520M a year

FAIRFIELD — Providing services for the homeless in Santa Clara County cost more than $3.1 billion over six years – with average yearly cost of $520 million, a study says. A total of $1.9 billion was spent between 2007-12 on health care, according to the “Home Not Found: The Cost of Homelessness in Silicon Valley” […]

Judge Ramona Garrett retires from Solano County bench

FAIRFIELD — Solano County Superior Court Judge Ramona J. Garrett retired Wednesday after more than 23 years on the bench. Garrett was a deputy district attorney when she was appointed to the Municipal Court bench in 1992 by Gov. Pete Wilson. At the time she was the first woman and first African-American appointed to a […]

Pentagon: Military mistakenly shipped live anthrax samples

WASHINGTON  — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday it is investigating what the Pentagon called an inadvertent shipment of live anthrax spores to government and commercial laboratories in as many as nine states, as well as one overseas, that expected to receive dead spores. “At this time we do not suspect any […]

Mom of fallen soldier says she wasn’t invited to Solano war memorial dedication

FAIRFIELD — The mother of one of the Solano County service members who died during the nation’s war on terrorism said Tuesday that she was not invited to the Memorial Day unveiling in Fairfield of the newest additions to the Solano County war memorial that now includes her son’s name.

Cindy Sheehan, mother of U.S. Army Spec. Casey Sheehan of Vacaville, expressed her views on the Daily Republic’s website.

Solano College president top pick for Peralta colleges

FAIRFIELD — Peralta Community College District announced Tuesday that it has identified Jowel Laguerre, the president/superintendent of Solano Community College, as its leading candidate for the district chancellor position. The college district includes College of Alameda plus Berkeley City, Merritt and Laney colleges. Laguerre said it’s still early in the process but he was “pleased to […]

Swedish student who vanished in 1982 matched to bones in US

FREMONT — Bones found in the San Francisco Bay Area are those of a Swedish exchange student who disappeared more than 30 years ago, authorities said Monday. The U.S. Department of Justice matched seven bones discovered in a canyon in Fremont five years ago to Elisabeth Martinsson, 21, who was going to the College of […]

Officials, friends, families honor military heroes at veterans cemetery

DIXON — More than 22,000 service members dressed up in red, white and blue for visitors on Memorial Day at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery outside Dixon. Some held bouquets, some a single red rose – and they all carried an American flag.

They would not, however, get to greet, hug or kiss their family or their friends who came to see them.

They are the military dead; those who served the U.S. and died for the U.S. There are more than 1.2 million Americans who died fighting in wars, including 6,800 who died fighting the war on . . .

Names of Solano County fallen unveiled during ceremony

FAIRFIELD — They ranged in age from 20 to 39 – the Solano County residents who died fighting the war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan. They were fathers, sons, husbands, athletes, Boy Scouts, computer specialists, students at local high schools and colleges, and they gave their lives for their country. Sgt. Shawn G. Adams, […]

Names of 8 to join roster of Solano war dead

FAIRFIELD — Memorial Day is about remembering the true cost of freedom. The eight names added to the Solano County War Memorial in front of the old county courthouse are the price that Solano County paid for fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They join the names of 60 World War I, 332 World War II, […]

Parents of Adam Kinser keep son’s memory alive

RIO VISTA — Long before Adam Kinser was sent to win the hearts and minds of the Afghanis, he’d successfully completed the task in his hometown of Rio Vista.

Kinser died in Afghanistan on Jan. 29, 2004, the first Solano County resident killed in the global war on terrorism. His name is one of eight that will be added to the Solano County War Memorial on Monday.

He was the oldest of five children born to Terri and Paul Kinser.

Forgotten for decades, fallen NY soldier finally honored

ALBANY, N.Y. — Carroll Heath didn’t have it easy growing up in the Great Depression. His father wasn’t around, his mother was a patient in a mental hospital and he kept largely to himself. Soon after graduating high school, he enlisted in the Army and wound up in the Philippines, where he’s believed to have died […]

YouTube’s 1st decade shows sharing free content pays off

SAN FRANCISCO — YouTube’s legacy extends beyond its pioneering role in the Internet’s video revolution. The 10-year-old site provided a stage for exhibitionists, narcissists and activists to broadcast their opinions, show off their talents, expose abuses or just pass along their favorite clips of movies, TV shows, music, cute kittens and other interests. The rampant sharing […]

After a decade online, YouTube is redefining celebrity

LOS ANGELES — It’s a meet-and-greet worthy of an A-list star. Outside the three-story bookstore at the outdoor shopping mecca known as The Grove, hundreds of mostly young women have formed a line that stretches past trendy clothing stores and spills out onto a nearby street. They’re waiting to have Connor Franta, an affable 22-year-old Internet […]

Three days a week watering starts June 1 in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — The city’s three-day per week watering plan for homes starts June 1 when addresses with odd numbers will be able to water Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while residences with even numbers water Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The first contact with residents who don’t follow the watering plan will provide information about the arrangement, […]

California governor pitches amnesty on traffic debt for poor

SACRAMENTO — Calling California’s traffic court system a “hellhole of desperation” for the poor, Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing an amnesty program for residents who can’t afford to pay off spiraling fines and penalties that have resulted in 4.8 million driver’s license suspensions since 2006. The push by the Democratic governor spotlights concern among lawmakers and […]

Fiesta Days parade, carnival bring out fun

VACAVILLE — An eager buzz of activity swirled around the downtown area as cars were shined, costumes straightened and last-minute instructions were given to participants in the 58th annual Fiesta Days parade on Saturday.

Looking to bring back an old tradition, the Fiesta Days’ prison returned.

“Basically, if you aren’t wearing Fiesta Days logos, like shirts, pins, etc., then someone can put out a warrant for your ‘arrest’ and we put you in the prison until you pay $1 and put the logo on,” said Mitch Mitchum, Fiesta Days Sheriff.

Solano County to host Memorial Day observances

FAIRFIELD — Solano County residents who want to honor those who died serving their country will have a lot of choices of where they can pay their respects Monday. Every city in the county will host at least one Memorial Day observance, with Vallejo hosting two and Fairfield hosting three. The lead-up to Memorial Day started […]

2-day-a-week limit on landscape watering proposed for Vacaville

VACAVILLE – Residential and commercial landscape watering would be limited to two days a week from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. in conservation measures Vacaville City Council members take up Tuesday – with enforcement actions and water rate changes to be presented later. Royce Cunningham, director of utilities, said Friday watering could take place any […]

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