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Varsity spikers earn second in Scripps Ranch tourney

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Having two different coaches at the Oct. 3 and 4 Scripps Ranch tournament was no obstacle for the Ramona High School girls volleyball team, which placed second in the tournament. Middle blocker Natalie Seol and setter Sammy Shupe made it to the all-tournament team.

The Bulldogs’ 5-2 tournament record, along with an Oct. 2 non-league loss at home against San Pasqual, gave the Bulldogs a season record of 13-4.

School bus laws: A matter of children’s safety

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Just cruising across town can sometimes be stressful for even the most experienced drivers. Add 50 to 60 children to the mix, loaded in a 40-foot-long school bus, and it can take nerves of steel to chauffeur safely.

Some recent situations in Ramona have made it clear that sometimes drivers, while well meaning, often do not realize the rules of the road when it comes to sharing the streets with school buses.

Lynette Beard, transportation supervisor for the Ramona Unified School District, explained that bus drivers follow a clear protocol for school bus safety — Vehicle Code 22112.

Deputies arrest warrant suspect on E Street

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Sheriff’s deputies arrested a suspect wanted on three felony warrants in the 900 block of E Street around noon Wednesday.

According to the sheriff’s department, the suspect is a Ramona man in his 30s.

New Main Street merchant welcomes community projects

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Ramona’s newest Main Street proprietor is a former bank manager who is hoping to turn her love for knitting into a business that gives back to the community in a most heartfelt way.

Connie Phillips opened Country Yarn Store at 638 Main St. on Sept. 15 in honor of her father’s birthday. In addition to the yarn implied in the store’s name, the 800-square-foot business sells the tools and other supplies necessary for knitting, crocheting and, to a lesser extent, needlepointing.

Five Questions: Barbara Wallace, sheriff’s crime prevention specialist

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Barbara Wallace is the crime prevention specialist assigned to the sheriff’s Ramona station.

In addition to Ramona, her territory includes Julian, Borrego Springs and Warner Springs.

She began her career as a crime prevention specialist in November 2001 at the Santee Patrol Station. Wallace was sent to Ramona in November 2009, assigned to Santee again a year later, and returned by request to Ramona in 2011.

Spikers learn lesson in four-game match at Escondido

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Ramona High School’s girls volleyball team improved its season record to 8-0 with a win at Escondido High School.

The Bulldogs, who will take that record into Thursday’s match at San Dieguito Academy, won the final two games after the Cougars prevailed in the second game on Sept. 17.

“It was a good learning experience as well as a good victory,” said Ramona coach Connie Halfaker. “You have to always be ready to give everything you have.”

Couple saves abandoned dog after it was thrown over fence of their business lot

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Update, Wednesday, Sept. 24—According to the county, Dolly, a pit bull puppy found abandoned in a fenced-in Ramona business lot, was adopted Tuesday morning by a Poway man.

Original story—Getting behind in paperwork may have saved a dog’s life.

When Karen Tavares, vice president of Investigative Science and Engineering Inc. in Ramona, worked on Friday, Aug. 29, to catch up on paperwork, just before she left she found a puppy limping in the locked fenced-in area

Spikers score Watsonville Tournament win

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Ramona High School girls volleyball team won the Watsonville Tournament on Saturday and will travel to San Dieguito Academy for a match on Sept. 25.

Five of this year’s varsity players were on the 2013 varsity squad. One of them, outside hitter Robyn Arthur, is the 2014 team’s only senior. The Bulldogs also have two juniors, five sophomores and two freshmen.

Practice began Aug. 11, and the team participated in six-team scrimmages Aug. 27 at Escondido High School and Sept. 3 at Mt. Carmel High School.

Ramona Design Review Board meets Sept. 25

Ramona Design Review Board will meet Thursday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m., Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane. Topics on the agenda include: site plan reviews for Salerno Winery, new signage for Starbucks, and increase in size of previously approved signage for Albertsons; waiver request for Stater Bros. to replace deteriorated monument sign; and preliminary review for Mountain View Community Church.

Director walks out of water board meeting in protest

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Upgrades to the San Vicente wastewater treatment plant and Fire Station 81, both of which serve San Diego Country Estates, were recommended by the three Ramona Municipal Water District directors who sat through the entire Sept. 9 meeting, as one director walked out early following an angry encounter with board president Darrell Beck.

It was the third or fourth meeting this year that Director Rex Schildhouse, who represents a portion of the Estates in his Division 3, walked out of a meeting after clashing with other directors. He told the Sentinel he did so in

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