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Bulldogs host Mt. Carmel Sundevils Friday night


After a bye week, the Ramona Bulldogs host league rival Mt. Carmel in the Dawg Pound, Friday night at 7. This football game marks the beginning of Palomar League match-ups for the 4-1 Bulldogs and the 4-1 Sundevils.

Coach Damon Baldwin encourages everyone to “Pack the Pound.”

“We are the reigning league champions and we want to start this year’s league match-ups right,” said Baldwin.

Ramona firefighters to hold MDA boot drive Friday

Members of Ramona Fire Department/Cal Fire will be at three intersections Friday morning from 6:30 to 8:30 for their annual Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Boot Drive.

Drivers will be able to drop donations into firefighter boots at: San Vicente and Gunn Stage roads in San Diego Country Estates, Main and 10th streets, and state Route 67 and Dye Road.

Minor injuries reported in two-vehicle collision at San Vicente Road and Hanson Lane


Thursday, Oct. 9, 1:30 p.m.—Emergency responders reported minor injuries in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of San Vicente Road and Hanson Lane around 1 p.m.

Ramona Fire Department/Cal Fire paramedics were transporting a couple in their 60s who were in a white Camry — one of the vehicles involve — to an area hospital, said Capt. Jose Ramirez.

The driver of the other vehicle, an SUV, is an employee of Ramona High School, said the school’s principal, Dr. Chris King.

Wine tasting fundraiser, juried art show reception, haunted trail hikes among activities this week

RAMONA WOMAN’S CLUB 4TH ANNUAL WINE TASTING FUNDRAISER, 6 to 8 p.m., Pamo Valley Winery, 603 Main St. Tickets $25 each. Proceeds benefit the club’s Ellie Whitcomb Scholarship Fund.

OLDE RAMONA HOTEL GALLERY JURIED ART SHOW RECEPTION, 5 to 7 p.m., Olde Ramona Hotel Gallery, 845 Main St. Public welcome. Awards, refreshments. More: 760-789-3682.

Bulldog girls golf

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Ramona High’s Rachel Costan was the medalist with a 45 in the Bulldog girls golf team win over Valley Center Oct. 2.

Ramona beat Valley Center 260 to 275 at home on the San Vicente Golf Course.

In addition to Costan, also contributing to the win were Cheyenne Hockin with a 47, Amanda Raines, 53, Sara Whelehon, 55, and Elise Stickney, 60.

JV girls win league cluster race; varsity second

Cross country head coach Sherri Edwards’ focus on recruiting girls to the program has been successful. Valley League teams ran their first league cluster meet of the year at Guajome Park Oct. 3, and Ramona’s varsity girls finished second to Valley Center while the junior varsity girls placed first as a team.

In the junior varsity race Ramona had 22 points, Valley Center was second with 60 points, Mission Vista was third with 66 points, and Fallbrook placed fourth with 91 points. Orange Glen and Oceanside did not have the

Boys sweep races at cross country league cluster

Ramona High’s boys won the varsity race and the junior varsity race in this year’s first league cluster at Guajome Park.

Isaiah Spieker and Brandon Ruland took first place as individuals in those two races on Oct. 3.

The next meet, the Southern California Invitational on Oct. 18, also will be at Guajome Park, and the teams will run a longer course. The heat Oct. 3 caused the planned distance of 5,000 meters (3.1 miles) to be shortened to

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


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


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.