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Ramona is still our choice

Growing up in Ramona for the Gunnett family has and always will be the only choice for us.

From my earliest days as a Ramona native and the son of a longtime Ramona schoolteacher, I can remember our town taking care of each other and putting our youth first in the community. Playing soccer and baseball on the local fields bring back fond memories of support from my teachers, coaches, and family.

What’s in a name?

Isis Fuller Figure Fashion of Ramona, a plus size dress store for women sizes 14-38 named after the ancient Egyptian Goddess of motherhood, friendship and love, has been at the center of controversy over the name of the store, and the unfounded false claims that the store is connected to the terrorist organization ISIL.

Great ShakeOut earthquake drill


Covering their heads with one hand and using the other hand to hang on to the leg of a table, students in Ingrid Forbes eighth-grade language arts class at Olive Peirce Middle School practice what to do in the case of an earthquake during the Oct. 16 statewide ShakeOut drill.

What’s new at the movies?


New in Theaters — October 17
Fury R In 1945 Nazi Germany, an American sergeant and his small platoon desperately fight the surrounding enemy from their Sherman tank. Stars: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman

The Best of Me PG13 High school sweethearts re-unite in their small hometown, but her marriage and the past will lead to serious trouble. Stars: Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden, Liana Liberato

The Book of Life PG Manolo, an idealistic hero, strives to rescue his village and save his one true love as he travels through mythical worlds. Stars: Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna

Ramona voters will choose three of five school board candidates

Election 2014

Five candidates are on the Nov. 4 ballot for three seats on the Ramona Unified School District Board. Seeking election to four-year terms are Joyce Daubert and Richard Lemire and incumbents Rodger Dohm, Kim Lasley and Bob Stoody.

Carnival, fire department open house, quilt show, play opening among upcoming events


Coming Home Night Carnival, ‘Johnny Brooke: A Ghost Story’ opening, annual quilt show, Ramona Fire Department Open House and Ramona VFW’s Christmas in October dinner are among events in Ramona Thursday through Sunday.

Ramona Senior Center menu, activities

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Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meals also are delivered to the homebound.

Suggested lunch donation for seniors age 60 and older and for the homebound is $4. Transportation is $1. Lunch for a non-senior guest of a senior is $6. For reservations and more information, call 760-789-0440.

Ramona Community Foundation grants aim to assist range of nonprofits


Everyone from disadvantaged youth interested in attending college to chamber members wanting to “set the table” for community collaboration are among this year’s recipients of Ramona Community Foundation grants.

Nine nonprofits received checks ranging from $1,500 to $7,000 during the foundation’s third annual awards ceremony. The $29,200 awarded this year brings to $84,450 the total of foundation grants given since 2012.

Bulldogs ready for Homecoming after steamrolling Sundevils

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Ramona’s varsity football team sent a strong message to Palomar League rivals by dominating the Mt. Carmel Sundevils 49-13 at home Friday night.

On paper, the teams appeared evenly matched; the game was being predicted as a tight contest. In reality, Ramona dominated both sides of the line of scrimmage and executed an excellent game plan.

Ramona High NJROTC commissions four platoons, pins 42 first-year cadets


Forty-two first-year cadets with Ramona High’s Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp took part in their first formal ceremony this month.

The cadets, considered recruits prior to the Oct. 7 ceremony, will learn discipline inside and outside of the classroom, Lt. Cmdr. Mike Ernst promised parents, who sat in the school’s stadium as their students stood shoulder-to-shoulder in military uniform on the track.