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Honoring thousands of hours of service to Ramona

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After a lifetime of work, many seniors look forward to the relaxed lifestyle that retirement promises — but the men and women of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Senior Volunteer Program in Ramona aren’t ready to settle down just yet.

Bill Hicks, the senior volunteer administrator at the sheriff’s Ramona station since 1998, spoke from experience when he said that this volunteer program is “just like a job,” and that these volunteers are “another set of eyes and ears for the Sheriff’s Department and Highway Patrol.”

Repairman suspected of home burglaries arrested in Ramona

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The sheriff’s department is investigating a North County repairman who was arrested in Ramona, suspected of burglarizing homes during jobs, and is asking anyone who hired him and may have been victimized to contact law enforcement.

Carlos Barajas, 31, of RB Remodeling, was taken into custody in Ramona on April 9 on suspicion of check fraud and burglary charges, according to reports.

Thieves steal Episcopal church safe, money, communion silver, sacred wines, more in daylight burglary

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Suspects broke into St. Mary’s In-the-Valley episcopal church Monday afternoon, April 14, stealing a metal safe with currency, all the silver for communion and other items, said church authorities.

“They knew what they were doing. It was fast,” said the Rev. Gwynn Freund.

According to the sheriff’s Ramona station, two suspects were caught on video surveillance.

Elliott Pond landowner asks planners to endorse town square

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A town square or subdivision sprawl of entry-level homes?

That’s the choice, said Jim Hagey, who owns the 20 acres of property that includes Elliott Pond behind Stater Bros. shopping center.

The decision, he said, depends on whether Ramona Community Planning Group endorses his request to include his property in the Ramona Village Design Group’s Town Center plan of form-based codes.

Ramona students place wreath at Tomb of Unknown Soldiers in Arlington National Cemetery

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Ramona eighth-graders placed a wreath at the Tomb of Unknown Soldiers of the Civil War on Monday, before leaving for the airport and their flight home. Their plane is due to arrive in San Diego at 10:48 tonight.
Among other sites they visited at Arlington National Cemetery, the 63 Olive Peirce Middle School students and 12 adults accompanying them spent time at President John F. Kennedy’s gravesite and the eternal flame at Kennedy’s burial site.

Bulldog baseball sweeps three-game series

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Watching Ramona High’s baseball team play Mission Vista High School is like listening to Sirius Radio: the hits just keep on coming.

Ramona opened Valley League play by sweeping a three-game series over Mission Vista. The Bulldogs got dominant pitching and a season’s worth of hits in the league opening series.

Joel Mitchell had a week to remember at the plate. The senior first baseman/designated hitter hit four home runs in the series and has hit five home runs in the last four games.

Cycle Dawgs earn fourth-place team finish

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Ramona High School Cycle Dawgs achieved fourth place as a team — their best finish this season — during their recent bike race in the mountains above Lake Isabella at the Keyesville Special Recreation Management Area.

The “Cruise the Keys” race April 7 consisted of five-mile laps with over 700 feet of climbing in each lap, according to coach Robert Grace.

Students find Ramona connection during East Coast trip

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Ramona eighth-graders continue to explore the nation’s capital and Arlington, most recently the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, the Marine Corps War Memorial with the bronze sculpture of servicemen raising the U.S. flag during World War II’s Battle of Iwo Jima, the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial and Smithsonian Institution.

2014 Miss Ramona title goes to Courtney Ford

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Courtney Ford, second from right, is crowned 2014 Miss Ramona while Elizabeth Bowersox, second from left, wins the title of Teen Miss Ramona during the Miss Ramona and Teen Miss Ramona Scholarship Pageant at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center Saturday Night. The First Princess Teen title goes to Shannon Huff, left, and First Princess Miss to Chersten Sandvik, right.

Day 3: Capitol Building

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Sixty-three Olive Peirce Middle School eighth-graders spent much of Day 3 of their Washington, D.C., trip in the Capitol Building.

Ramona school trustee Kim Lasley, one of six district chaperones on the trip, sent several photos from their tour of the meeting place of the U.S. Congress.

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