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Forecasters predict thunderstorms, flash flooding in mountains, desert today

Thunderstorms capable of producing heavy rain and flash flooding are expected in San Diego County’s mountains and deserts again today, as are strong rip currents and elevated surf along the coastline, forecasters said.

A National Weather Service flash flood watch will remain in effect through this evening in the mountains and deserts, as a deep monsoonal flow in the atmosphere draws moisture from the subtropics north through Southern California.

Bulldogs beat the heat and the Point Loma Pointers

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Ramona High School’s varsity football team went in search of cooler temperatures and a 2-0 record on Saturday and they came away with both.

While Ramona’s temperature climbed toward 100 degrees on the thermometer, the Dawgs found Point Loma’s cooler ocean breezes blowing their way, allowing them to beat the Pointers 7-6.

Girls tennis poised for league play


Ramona High School’s varsity girls tennis team is poised for league play after facing four non-league rivals over the past two weeks and coming away with a 3-1 record.

Head coach Rose Darrough has strung together an eclectic group of athletes who have played softball, volleyball and soccer as well as tennis. This year’s team has returning players Megan Douglas, Elizabeth Bowersox, Hanna Kent, Rebecca Vaca, Danielle Vizcarra, Grace Berry and Jamie Roe, who are joined by newcomers Kristen Janak, Kaley Sapper, Renee Hogervorst and Betsy Dean.

County calls town-hall-style meeting Monday on San Vicente Road project


Residents who want to learn more about construction of the San Vicente Road Realignment Project, set to begin Sept. 15, are invited to a public outreach meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, in the Charles R. Nunn Performing Arts Center at Olive Peirce Middle School.

Facilitating the meeting will be the Ramona Community Planning Group, San Diego County Department of Public Works, Ramona Municipal Water District and Flatiron West, project contractor.

Ramona: A town that supports children

In 1978 while searching for a community to raise their three children, my parents took the drive up the hill and made their first trip into Ramona.

They traveled along the giant, tree-lined main street into town and, in an effort to get a flavor of the community, they stopped at Kountry Kitchen for a hearty breakfast. It was there that my parents began to interact and talk with many of the locals who were also out eating breakfast.

That morning, each local patron spoke highly of Ramona and what a great place it was to raise a family and how supportive the community was of children. Based on those interactions (and, I think, the delicious biscuits and gravy), my parents made a decision before looking at even one house that Ramona was to be our family’s home.

That choice was one of the best decisions for our family. Thirty-six years later and while currently raising our four children in Ramona, I still think it’s a great community to raise a family because of our community’s support of children.

Ramona has a history of supporting children in the community. Walk into almost any business or office in Ramona and you can find plaques adorning the walls, thanking community members and businesses for their support of local youth programs. Each of these programs would struggle without the financial and moral support provided by this community.

My parents owned one of these businesses years ago. I always felt I was a lucky kid to have parents who owned and operated a doughnut shop, KD’s Doughnuts. I felt this way not just for the warm glazed twist I would get to eat hot out of the oven, but because through this business our family was blessed to get to know so many community members.

Over the years, my parents as business owners were oftentimes asked to donate either doughnuts or money to support the community’s youth in these local programs. My parents would answer the call for support time and time again. They did so because they wanted to give back to the community that supported their children and family. This was their way of supporting other children and those community members who donate their time and talents to run these programs on behalf of the children in Ramona.

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Bulldogs beat Point Loma today


Ramona High’s varsity football team wins a nail-biter 7-6 today versus Point Loma, reports Sentinel sportswriter Nancy Sapper.

Pilot suffers moderate injuries when small airplane crashes near Warner Springs Gliderport

A small airplane used to tow gliders into the air crashed near the Warner Springs Gliderport today, and one person was flown by helicopter to a hospital with moderate injuries.

The small “tow plane” crashed about 12:15 p.m. today southwest of the Warner Springs Gliderport, which is at 31930 State Route 79 in Warner Springs in northeast San Diego County, Cal Fire Capt. Kendal Bortisser said.

The Art Center aims to connect community with artist


This fall sees the opening of the The Art Center in Ramona, where everything from traditional to expressive art will be explored.

The center’s mission is to create an inclusive community art space, where the community and the artist are put into direct contact, states the announcement of the center’s opening.

Let’s look at school district facts

In response to Mr. Dyer’s commentary last week condemning the school board, Ramona Unified School District and its recent bond proposal, please let me correct some of his opinions with the truth.

First, the district has not hired a campaign consultant. To do so would be illegal. The Bond Campaign Committee has also not hired a consultant. The entire campaign is being run completely by volunteers or staff members outside of their work day. Many of their names were printed in last week’s Sentinel in a separate article.

Rickey Rae Thomas graduates from 40th Annual San Diego Law Enforcement Explorer Academy


Ramona resident Rickey Rae Thomas completed the highest phase of the San Diego Law Enforcement Explorer Academy for the second time, and received her certificate of completion in August at a ceremony in Mandeville Auditorium in La Jolla.

She was among 241 Explorers from two dozen California and Washington state law enforcement agencies participating in the weeklong, live-in academy held on the University of California, San Diego campus. The training, which is divided into three phases, prepares Explorers to work alongside sheriff’s deputies and police officers.

The program’s first phase, which Thomas completed several years ago, is the equivalent of a basic police academy. In this phase topics include the administration of justice, criminal law, officer safety, traffic enforcement, juvenile procedures, physical c