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Voters invited to ‘Meet the (school board) Candidates’ tonight

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Sun Valley County Parents Teachers Association will host a forum featuring Ramona Unified School District candidates tonight at 6:30 p.m.

The “Meet the Candidates” event will be in the Ramona High School Performing Arts Wing, 1401 Hanson Lane.

Kiwanis Club of Ramona honors Bill Groves with lifetime membership

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Kiwanis Club of Ramona honored one of its own with a Kiwanis International Lifetime Membership.
Bill Groves, a Kiwanis member for 44 years, received the honor during the club’s annual officer installation dinner in Ramona Valley Grill on Sept. 27.
The lifetime membership is in appreciation for Groves’ longtime outstanding service to the club and to the community of Ramona, the service club’s leadership reported.
Since joining the club in 1970, Groves has served as club president for two terms and also has been club secretary and North County Division 37 secretary.
In addition, he has chaired each of the club’s service committees at least one time.
Groves and his wife, Mona, have traveled all over the world to attend Kiwanis International Conventions. Jeff Funk, fellow Kiwanian and friend, presented Groves with the award.
In other business at the dinner, the club welcomed its 2014-15 board: president Jessica Hickman, president-elect Paul Tarr, secretary Walter Ainslie, treasurer Dee Chenowth, and directors Darrell Beck, Pat Bell, Jim Cooper, Heather McGhee, David Gaines and Richard Wade.
Kiwanis of Ramona holds breakfast meetings in Ramona Valley Grill on Saturday mornings at 7. Guest are welcome.
Anyone wishing more information about the club may call 760-522-2526.

Search continues for woman, 75, missing from Julian campground

Monday, Oct. 6—Authorities searched for a third day today for a 75-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s disease who went missing from the Pinezanita RV Park and Campgrounds in Julian.
Sally Estabrook was last seen around 4 p.m. Saturday at the 26.5-acre campground in the 4400 block of state Route 79, north of Harrison Park Road, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
She apparently walked off while her husband was showering, and he called the sheriff’s department to report her missing shortly before 5 p.m.
A sheriff’s department search and rescue team combed the area Saturday evening, and continued to do so on Sunday with no success.
Estabrook is white, 5 feet 4 and 145 pounds with shoulder-length blonde hair. She may be wearing a teal top and white knee-length pants. Sheriff’s officials said she is not very communicative but may respond to her name.
Anyone who spots Estabrook is asked to call 911 or the sheriff’s department at 858-565-5200.

Preset for success


Your preset game plan begins this week The holiday season is upon us and many people can put on as much as 5 to 7 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. You can think of combating this in three ways. First, you could just go with the flow and expect to put this weight on, [...]

Three plead guilty in Gabe Hallman’s death

Three people have pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the stabbing death of former Ramona resident Michael “Gabe” Hallmann in 2012 and all will be sentenced Oct.17.

Court documents show that both men, Francisco Jose Arellano, 33, and Michael Vincent Reyes, 31, will get agreed upon prison terms of 18 years each. Nicole Anna Ibarra, 37, also known as Nicole Olmos, will receive a three-year term.

House fire in 1500 block of Ashley Road


Emergency crews are battling a house fire at 1540 Ashley Road that is sending plumes of smoke through the neighborhood and beyond.
According to neighbors the owner of the house died a couple months ago and it has been vacant.
Cause of the Saturday morning fire has not been determined as firefighters continue to fight the blaze.

Transportation and Trails Subcommittee fixes open meeting law violation

Informed of a state open meeting law, or Ralph M. Brown Act, violation after a vote last month on new Transportation and Trails Subcommittee members, the chair of the subcommittee re-visited the vote Sept. 29 to take the required steps. Six applicants were seeking to fill three seats on the nine-member board, which is a [...]

San Diego author to sign her second novel at Unicorn in Ramona on Saturday

San Diego author R.J. Belle will be in Ramona for a book signing of her second novel, “Second Sight,” in Unicorn Books and Gifts on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Belle’s debut novel, “First One Down: A Paul Sutton Novel,” was released in April 2014 and within months landed on Amazon’s Top 100 Legal Thrillers, climbing to No. 1 on multiple dates. The mystery novel also ranked in the Top 50 Indie Books as voted by Indie Author News readers in June and July.
“Second Sight” is the next installment in the Paul Sutton series. Detective Sutton is on a new case that pushes the boundaries between ethical and moral standards. He is out to catch one of San Diego’s worst while threatening to color the reputation of an entire police department in the process.
Erin Greene lost the love of her life and found herself inside a world of gunrunners and loan sharks. The danger is real and consequences could be deadly. Her life is on the line and she propels herself into living a role she knows nothing about.
The deeper she falls underground the more she discovers her hidden strengths. Going from a naive girl-next-door to a one-woman force to be reckoned with, how is the gray area defined? How close can you get to the line before you’ve gone too far?
Sutton discovers a new world, too. While investigating the senseless murder of a young war hero, he is introduced to a homeless veteran society, the people often ignored and unseen by society. He learns that these nameless men see much more than most will ever know, and someone among this invisible community could hold the key to helping Sutton catch a killer.
As this case test’s every law and justice principle Sutton has ever known, he learns that things are not always black and white. There is gray in everything.
Belle began writing as a teenager as a way to express her creative side. In 2013, she found herself spending a great deal of time working on plot development and character creation, and decided to make the jump into writing for publication. After spending 15 years in the lending industry, she left her career to write full time and within three months she published “First One Down.”
She will release her first nonfiction book, “After,” in late 2014. To learn more, go to
Unicorn Books and Gifts at 738 Main St. is owned and operated by business partners Stacy Bart and Julia Dammeir.
The age limit at the book signing is 18.

Firefighters, businesses team up for fire safety

A fire safety awareness event at Albertsons on Saturday will include an appearance from the Energizer Bunny, Ramona firefighters, a fire truck, fire safety demonstrations, Energizer giveaways, family-friendly activities and educational materials.
The event, a partnership of the fire department, Albertsons and Energizer, is to encourage residents to change the batteries in their smoke detectors when they change their clocks twice a year. It will be from noon to 3 p.m.
“On average, seven people are killed in home fires every day,” states the National Fire Protection Association. Three of five fatal fire injuries are in homes without working smoke alarms, the association reports.
Albertsons is at 1459 Main St.

Ramona Stars 4-H Club welcomes new members

Children between the ages of 5 and 19: Do you like the noises moo, baa, oink, neigh, bleat, buzz, or cluck cluck?

Ramona Stars 4-H is welcoming new members. The community meetings, which are for all members, are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Home Economics building at the Ramona Junior Fairgrounds on Aqua Lane. Each project meets for a minimum of six hours during the year.