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Recognizing Sheriff’s Night Out Against Crime

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Standing in front of the sheriff’s Ramona station at Main Street and Montecito Road on Aug. 5, Crime Prevention Specialist Barbara Wallace reminds the community that it’s the Sheriff’s Night Out Against Crime with a row of Burma Shave-type signs. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, which recognized the event across the county, said Night Out Against Crime is a day when communities take a stand to let criminals know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Two of Wallace’s signs say “Crime is low” and “Because you care.”

Ramona Idol 2014 attracts variety of talent

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Music at this year’s Ramona Idol, part of Ramona Country Fair, ran the gamut from rock ‘n roll and country to show tunes and oldies from the ’40s and ’50s with talented singers entertaining a crowd.

About 35 contestants competed in the quarterfinals of Ramona Idol with 22 advancing to the semifinals Saturday night, Aug. 2.

The winners were announced Sunday evening and a tribute to the military was presented. Held in the Ramona Outdoor Community Center, the contest experienced some weather-related issues that caused a one-hour delay Saturday and sound

Bulldog football players to be treated to Chargers game, tailgate party

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Through a contest, the Ramona High football staff and varsity players won 75 tickets to Thursday night’s San Diego Chargers pre-season game and a tailgate party from which proceeds will help fund equipment.

The tailgate will be sponsored by Slater’s 50/50 burgers and The Donut Shoppe.

Slater’s 50/50 has partnered with the nonprofit organization “1 More Win,” founded by radio DJ Jesse Lozano to help undeserved high school athletic programs with equipment and resources. Proceeds from the tailgate parties will be donated

Traffic hazard reported at SR-78 near Horizon View Drive

Friday, Aug. 1, 9:50 a.m.—California Highway Patrol is reporting a traffic hazard at state Route 78 near Horizon View Drive where a gray Honda Insight traveling in the westbound lane, got a flat tire.

According to the CHP website, the driver believes something was intentionally placed in the roadway to damage vehicles.

Former RHS running back works with racing horses

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As 1986 and 87 All Avocado League running back for Ramona High School and a varsity track team member, Mike Allen loved to run, but today he is more interested in the running of horses.

Allen is ranch manager at Tommy Town Thoroughbred Farm in Santa Ynez and was recently at the Del Mar Racetrack with the farm’s horses.

After graduating from RHS in 1988, Allen went on to play at San Diego Mesa College and then finished his college career at Bethany College in Kansas.

County’s surplus vehicle online auction starts Monday

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Bidding for the county’s latest online public vehicle auction opens at 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 4, with hundreds of surplus vehicles and many bids starting at $100.

The auction will include automobiles, heavy equipment and surplus government property from the county and other local agencies.

Bidding will end at noon on Monday, Aug. 11. For anyone who would like to see the vehicles in person, they will be displayed from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, and 8 a.m. to noon Monday, Aug. 11, at 369 Main St. in Ramona.

CHP opens SR-67 traffic lane near Mt. Woodson, after vehicle overturns

Thursday, July 31, 2:55 p.m. — CHP has opened up a southbound lane on state Route 67 near Mt. Woodson following an accident involving an overturned vehicle.

According to CHP, the accident occurred 200 yards south of the Poway city limit sign and caused damage to 20 feet of guardrail on the southbound side of SR-67. No information is available as to whether there are injuries.

Intra soccer teams compete in Dave Shelton Memorial Tournament

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All seven Ramona Intra soccer teams participated in the Dave Shelton Memorial Tournament July 19 and 20, playing a variety of club teams from San Diego and Orange counties.

Held at Frances Ryan Park in Escondido, the Dave Shelton event was the first tournament of the season for many of the teams, and for a few it was their first tournament as a new team.

The teams and their records from the tournament are:

92065 pool team competes at BCA nationals

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A team of Ramona pool players competed at the BCA Pool League National Championships in July after qualifying to represent San Diego at the event.

“Ramona in general has the best pool players in San Diego,” said Henry Preciado, who served as captain of the team, dubbed “92065.”

Competing on the team with Preciado were Ramonans Chad Bennett, Bill Mellecker, Nick Iorio, Eric Whitford and Jess Libsack.

Crews stop spread of brush fires off Wildcat Canyon Road; CHP issues SigAlert

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Tuesday, 4 p.m. — San Diego Country Estates residents who drive Wildcat Canyon Road home from work should consider an alternate route, California Highway Patrol advises, estimating it will be another three hours before the road can be opened as fire crews put out hot spots from brush fires that erupted earlier near Barona Casino.

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