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Enthusiastic crowds tour Ramona farms


It was a great day to be down on the farm — especially if you were a guest on the San Diego County Farm Bureau’s Farm Tour and had chosen Ramona as your destination. Although the tours have been in existence for a few years, this was the first year Ramona was involved.

Three farm tours took place simultaneously on Saturday, June 7, as Escondido and Oceanside each had its own farms participating.

VA audit shows up to 44-day wait for new patients

New patients at Veterans Affairs medical facilities in the San Diego region generally had to wait nearly 44 days for a primary care or specialty care appointment, according to an systemwide audit released Monday.

The Department of Veterans Affairs launched a nationwide access audit last month after it was reported that patients at the VA medical center in Phoenix died while awaiting care. The scandal led to the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

Fix Auto owner offers employee ‘unbelievable’ opportunity


When Steve Lamb received a phone call from his employer with an unbelievable offer, his first thought was that it was a prank call.

“I just — I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe the opportunity he was giving me,” said Lamb, a Ramona resident.

His employer, Greg Carter, was offering to give him the Fix Auto franchise in Ramona.

Ask Mr. Marketing: A classy way to stand out in the graduating crowd

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Congratulations, graduates! You’ve received diplomas, some gifts and maybe even a scholarship or two.

Before all hell breaks loose and you get into summer celebrations, consider how mailing a thank you note to the gift-giver or scholarship committee will differentiate you from the majority of students and really make your reputation shine.

Commercial use eyed for corner of SR-67 and Dye Road


Property on the southeast corner of state Route 67 and Dye Road is being considered for commercial use such as a gas station and convenience store, according to a Ramona real estate agent.

A presentation on potential development at that corner is scheduled for the Ramona Community Planning Group’s meeting in the Ramona Library Community Room, 1275 Main St., on Thursday, June 5, at 7 p.m.

Realtor Janet Worsham said there are four parcels totaling 4.11 acres that are zoned A70 or rural residential. The four different owners are in favor of a commercial rezone and willing to list simultaneously, according to the agent.

Unassuming dance studio teaches students to ‘dance from their heart’


From the street, Ramona Julian Academy of Dance doesn’t look like much. It’s blacked-out exterior doesn’t begin to show off the 6,000-square-foot bustling business that serves upwards of 400 local students in any given month.

Former pro-dancer-turned-choreographer-and-teacher Kristi Durbin-Griffin started the business nearly three decades ago, opening in Julian first and in Ramona three years later.

Sempra Energy reports first quarter earnings

San Diego-based Sempra Energy reports first quarter earnings of $247 million, or 99 cents per diluted share, compared to $178 million, or 72 cents per diluted share, in the same period last year.

The figure includes a $9 million after-tax charge for the closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Otherwise, the parent company of San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas Co. would have made $256 million, or $1.03 per diluted share.

Fashion is for every woman, say Ramona dress shop owners


Fashion is for every woman — no matter her size or age — at ISIS Fuller Figure Fashion.

The new plus-size clothing and accessory store at 711 Main St. opened March 27. Owners Elizabeth Hilton and her daughter, Sally, sell clothing in sizes 14 to 36, jewelry, sunglasses, purses and other accessories for any size.

“It’s so difficult to find plus-size clothes,” said Sally. “Seventy percent of American society is plus size and it’s astounding that we still only cater to the other 30 percent.”

Mega farm, ranch retailer opening this summer


Within a few months, mega farm and ranch retailer Tractor Supply Co. will introduce itself to the San Diego County market with a new store opening on none other than Ramona’s Main Street.

The nearly 20,000-square-foot store will open at Main and Hunter streets some time in the third quarter, according to Randy Guiler, Tractor Supply’s vice president investor relations.

The contractor on the job, CSI Construction of Irvine, began construction on Feb. 5. A tentative completion date is late June.

True Value puts Ramona store on its top 13 list in nation

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Mother and son Joanne and Jimmy Gilchriest, co-owners of Ransom Brothers True Value, are in the spotlight as recipients of a national award from the True Value Company.

The Gilchriests joined 12 other retailers honored at the seventh annual Best Hardware Store in Town international recognition program at True Value’s 2014 Spring & Rental Reunion in Atlanta, Ga.