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4 days ago
Soroptimist International of Amador County is committed to improving the lives of women and children.

Our local chapter supports the Live Your Dream Scholarship. We offer a cash reward of $3,000 to a woman who provides the primary financial support for herself and/or her family. The woman must be enrolled in a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program. The money can be used to offset any costs associated with her efforts to attain a higher education.

To apply for this scholarship, please call Laura,...

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Tessa Marguerite
7 days ago
Participating in last Friday’s dedication ceremony at the Amador Centers for Higher Education were, from left, State Senator Tom Berryhill, Amador Supervisor John Plasse, State Assembly Member Frank Bigelow, and Supervisors Ted Novelli and Brian Oneto. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
Last Friday, the Amador Community College Foundation was visited by California Assemblyman Frank Bigelow and Senator Tom Berryhill. Bigelow represents District 5, encompassing the Gold Country and the central Sierra Nevada. Berryhill represents District 14, and this is his fourth year serving in the California Senate.

The occasion was a dedication ceremony at the Amador Centers for Higher Learning and it brought out supporters of the ACCF, as well as some local political figures. John Plasse, District 1 Supervisor and ACCF Board...

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Walter Guerra
1 week ago
Chris Tootle, band teacher for the past nine years at Amador High School, and Jeremy White, Argonaut High School’s band teacher of two years, both resigned this week and are moving to different districts to teach band. At this time, there is no word on who will replace these two, or even if a replacement is needed.

Tootle said he feels comfortable leaving the band program, because he has achieved the goals of growing the band program which he set out to achieve. His contribution to the recent success of the Amador Band and, until...

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Carolyn Schmitz
6 days ago
Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by B. Huston-Fisher
Save the date of Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., for the innagural Rail Road Flat Fall Festival. This event is presented by The Friends of Rail Road Flat School, a nonprofit group dedicated to enriching the lives of the students and community of Rail Road Flat. All proceeds directly benefit students at Rail Road Flat Elementary through the Enrichment Program, services and outreach.

The Free Admission Carnival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Carnival activities include game booths, run by various community and school...

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2 weeks ago
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The Amador Learning Center staff is available to help new and returning college students register and enroll for online and iTV (interactive Television) Summer/Fall classes 2014 at Coastline Community College, Alan Hancock College, Foothill College and Folsom Lake College.

The Amador Learning Center facilitates access to more than 100 online degree and certificate programs, including options for the new associate degrees for transfer to California State University and University of California campuses.

ALC provides mentoring,...

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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago
Here's what happens when Argonaut Cheerleaders hit the pool. Thanks to Diane "Pinger" Wratten for the photos. [Read more]
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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago
NERDS (Native Education Raising Dedicated Students) is offering summer school for Native students lacking required credits to graduate with their class and on time.

A classroom has been secured and BYU online courses, a tutor, computers and healthy food for meals three days a week are being provided.

Cost of this summer program, for 15 students, is $6,000, of which 50 percent has been raised.

More funding is needed to provide educational services to an additional seven students in need of starting their courses this week....

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Tessa Marguerite
07/03/2014 10:38 AM
Amador High School’s Performing Arts program is hanging on, but just barely. This last year, the department financially supported a full year of dance, with instructor Caitlin Rubini; the Fall semester of musical theater, with musical director Anne Pearce and choreographer Caitlin Rubini; and the Spring semester of Glee, with instructor Kate Hamon. In addition, it covered the cost of musicians Joe Bellamy, Steve Chambers and Steve Zalkind for the musical.

The total cost for the services of these outstanding individuals was a...

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Jenny Price
07/03/2014 10:58 AM
CEO of Amador County Fair Troy Bowers (Right), and Special Project Manager Richard Prima converse before the meeting, June 26. Photo by Tessa Marguerite

At last week’s Plymouth City Council meeting, a request was made on behalf of the Amador County Fairgrounds for an adjustment to the wastewater charge, reducing it from the present 24 EDU’s (equivalent dwelling units) to 10 EDU’s. Richard Prima, Plymouth resident and special project manager, addressed the council with information to support the request, including water system...

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Tessa Marguerite
06/27/2014 9:31 AM
Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

At their meeting Wednesday night, the five members of the board of the Amador County Unified School District unanimously approved the 2014-15 budget, and passed Amador County’s first Local Control Accountability Plan. The LCAP Goal 1 is $674,100, which is expected to help fund pay increases for all employees in the district.

“I was surprised to find out about the pay raise at a meeting on Monday of this week,” Amador High School teacher Greg Wall told the board. He then appealed...

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Matthew Hedger
06/26/2014 11:15 AM
The 2013-14 Grand Jury says Amador County officials must not have done the math when they agreed to the lease agreement for the Health and Human Services Building, in Sutter Creek.

In their report released this week, the G.J. said the $1.4 million annual cost of the lease to the county caused them to research the situation, where they “found flaws with literally every aspect of the lease negotiation process.”

From the report: “Over the course of the investigation, the Grand Jury discovered there are no written policies and...

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Matthew Hedger
06/23/2014 10:36 AM
The Calaveras Community Foundation has just awarded eleven grants for 2014. The combined amount of these grants equals $53,612, and was given in the areas of County Youth K-12, Aging in Place for Seniors, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). These topics represent the initiatives CCF has identified as being instrumental in helping our community. The five members of the Foundation’s Grant Committee received 15 grant applications. A great deal of interest was generated by our 2014 initiatives, resulting in an excellent... [Read more]
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06/20/2014 10:32 AM
Sutter Creek Elementary 6th-grader Liam Lyons presented a flag to Principal Sean Snider on June 4 at the final assembly of the year. While deployed in Afghanistan, Liam’s uncle, Colonel Kyle McClelland, had flown a flag in honor of his nephew’s school.

Principal Snider said that he was moved when Liam read the certificate to the school, which said: “Headquarters, International Security Assistance Force-Afghanistan: This flag was flown in Kabul, Afghanistan, in honor of Sutter Creek Elementary School, during Operation Enduring...

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Jenny Price
06/20/2014 9:36 AM
During public comment at the Ione City Council meeting Tuesday night, Ione Fire Marshall Deborah Mackey addressed the council with a proposal that she believes could ultimately save Ione from facing any type of recongifuration by the Amador County Unified School District. Mackey has attended school board meetings for the past month and has spoken her peace at almost every one of those meetings. Her fight for the school district to remain status quo was evident in her presentation to the board on Tuesday.

Speaking about her...

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06/16/2014 10:14 AM
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The 4th Annual Micke Grove Zoo Zoom 5K Run/Walk & Kids’ Run

Here’s your chance to let the animals WATCH YOU in action, at the 4th Annual Micke Grove Zoo Zoom 5K Walk/Run and Kids Run, taking place at the Micke Grove Zoo grounds, in Lodi, on Saturday, June 21. Proceeds from this outstanding new family event will benefit the zoo’s educational programs.

5K EVENT

Participants of the 5K can choose to race, walk, or stroll through the beautiful Micke Grove Park, on a...

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Carolyn Schmitz
06/13/2014 11:33 AM
Mark Carter and Scott Rowitz, from AmeriGas, in Jackson, presented Sutter Creek Elementary Principal Sean Snider with a check for $1,573.93 last week through the School Days program, where a portion of the proceeds from each gallon of propane sold goes back to the school. Also instrumental in helping the school secure the funds were Dave Scott, of Ampine Inc., and Kristie Smallfield. The money will be used to help ensure that every sixth grader has the opportunity to attend science camp.

Snider said, “We are extremely...

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Jenny Price
06/13/2014 10:32 AM
Talk of numbers grew into a heated topic at Wednesday evening’s school board meeting, where Amador County Unified School District Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Tim Zearley presented the board with his preliminary figures for the school district’s draft budget. The information, though preliminary, raised concerns for those who attended an earlier special meeting on the issue, June 9. The numbers at the board meeting wednesday were different than those presented two days earlier. Zearley explained that the numbers... [Read more]
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Jenny Price
06/13/2014 9:58 AM
Ione City Manager Ed Pattison touched on Ione’s current and future growth development in a recent letter to Amador County Superintendent of Schools Dick Glock. According to Pattison, Ione is expecting and planning for a major population increase in the next two years.

The implications contained in Pattison’s letter seemed clear — proposed reconfiguration of schools in Amador County by the Amador County Unified School District may be ill-founded. One major proposal for reconfiguration would move all junior high students to what is...

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Via Press Release
06/12/2014 2:22 PM
Amador County Library Summer Reading Program begins Monday, June 16, and runs through to Saturday, July 19. This year’s theme is, “Paws to Read.”

?On Monday, June 16, or any time after that, you can visit your library to pick up the Summer Reading Log, and begin earning your Paws: Read five books, attend a library event, participate in a library activity and be entered into the Grand Prize Drawing.

On Wednesday, June 18, at 11 a.m., and every Wednesday thereafter during the program, join in for Teen Craft Day. Make fun crafts...

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Jerry Budrick
06/12/2014 3:30 PM
Two students at Amador High School have decided that it’s far more enjoyable to drive their old tractors to school than to ride the school bus.

Levi Miller, 16, of Amador City, drives his 1948 Farmall tractor to school, following his compatriot, Juan Romero, 16, of Drytown, who drives his 1962 Ford. In order to be street legal, the tractor to the rear of a two-tractor convoy must bear a “slow-moving-vehicle” placard, as shown in the adjacent photo. The boys’ preferred route includes the relatively narrow, steep grade of...

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