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Jury deliberates reckless driving case against Ramona man charged with hitting bicyclist on Route 67

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A Ramona man should be convicted of reckless driving for illegally passing a car on the right shoulder of state Route 67 and hitting a bicyclist, a prosecutor said today, but a defense attorney said the accident happened after his client’s truck brushed up against a car vying for position as the road narrowed to one lane.

Friends of Ramona Unified Schools ‘kicks it up a notch’


The failure of Proposition Q does not mean Ramona does not support schools or children, Greg Chick told a roomful of people at Ramona Elementary School’s Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser in the school’s multipurpose room Friday evening.

“It means Q is not for Ramona by popular vote,” said Chick, one of the founding members of Friends of Ramona Unified Schools (FORUS), a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit group of volunteers formed in early 2013 after Ramona Unified School District’s 2012 $66 million bond bid failed.

Ramona voters this month rejected the district’s $40 million bond bid, with 53.58 percent voting no and 46.42 percent voting yes, unofficial election results show. To pass, the measure needed 55 percent support of those voting.

Sheriff’s Ramona Mounted Patrol to step up rounds during holiday season

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Shoppers in Ramona can expect to see more of Ramona Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol during the holiday season.
Scott Milner, assistant administrator of the mounted patrol, said beginning the day after Thanksgiving the volunteer force will be patrolling on horseback in shopping center parking lots in town.
“The purpose is to give the community an awareness of how to be safe in the parking lot,” Milner said, adding that their presence also serves as a deterrent to crime.
The stepped-up patrols will be occur more on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, he said, but will include some weekdays and will continue through the end of the year.
About 15 volunteers serve in Ramona’s mounted patrol. Members go out in teams of at least two and never patrol alone, said Milner.
According to Milner, the volunteers have scheduled approximately 100 more hours of patrol time for this year’s holiday season than last year.

Bulldog girls win volleyball semifinals, head to match for CIF championship on Saturday

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Ramona High School girls volleyball coach Connie Halfaker shares her team’s excitement after their CIF semifinals home win against Calvin Christian yesterday, Nov. 19. The girls will play for the championship at Cathedral Catholic on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 1:15 p.m.

Ramona High girls volleyball heads to semifinals after two playoff wins

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The girls were scheduled to advance to CIF Division II semifinals at home against Calvin Christian on Nov. 19. They seek the ultimate goal of four playoff victories culminating with a win in Saturday’s CIF championship match at 1:15 p.m. at Cathedral Catholic. The top seed in the Division II playoffs gave Ramona home matches throughout the semifinals.

Ramona High FFA equestrians sample college life at nationals

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Four Ramona High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) students — Katlyn McClellan, Alaina Sill, Luke Milbrand and Michael Johnson — placed 15th in the FFA/4-H division of the Arabian Horse Association (AHA) Nationals Horse Judging competition in Tulsa, Okla.

Ramona water board directors seek Div. 3 prospects for vacant seat


Ramona Municipal Water District directors are looking for interested candidates to fill the Division 3 seat recently vacated by Director Rex Schildhouse.

Candidates must live in Division 3 and submit a completed application to the district by 4 p.m. Dec. 2. Division 3

Bulldog boys win league cross country championship

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In Sherri Edwards’ first year as Ramona High School’s head cross country coach, the Bulldog boys secured the Valley League championship with a win at Guajome Park on Nov. 15.

“I’m not going to take all the credit. Steve Albanese did a great job with them,” Edwards said, referring to the boys’ coach from 2009-13 and the girls’ coach last year.

Mobile lab makes a splash at Ramona Elementary


Ramona Elementary fourth- and fifth-grade students learned about water issues and ways in which humans impact water resources when the Splash Science Mobile Lab, a 30-foot self-contained mobile laboratory, visited their school.

The mobile lab’s stop was partly funded by Ramona Municipal Water District.

Airport, naming parks among planners’ topics


John and Arvie Degenfelder were recognized for their 30 years of service to the community at the Ramona planning group’s Nov. 6 meeting, which also included informational topics of a cautionary nature.

Piva, chair of the planning group, made the presentation to the Degenfelders.

“In recognition of your 30 years,” he began to read from the framed certificate, but then stopped. “Now just think about that — 30 years. They have shaped this community to be what it is today, including this library where