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First Philadelphia, then Washington, D.C., for 63 Ramona eighth-graders

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It’s Day 2 in Philadelphia for 63 Olive Peirce Middle School eighth-graders who will be in Washington, D.C. tonight.

They went to Independence Hall and Liberty Bell today and had an amazing tour guide named Joe Benton, reports Ramona school trustee Kim Lasley, one of six district chaperones on the trip.

Mega farm, ranch retailer opening this summer

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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.

Deputies nab minors for underage drinking

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Sheriff’s deputies from the Ramona station conducted a foot patrol Saturday, April 5, that netted several arrests in San Diego Country Estates.

At 12:06 a.m. at San Vicente and Gunn Stage roads, deputies arrested a 21-year-old male for manufacture/sale/possess leaded cane/billy and for being drunk in public. Two females, ages 18 and 19, were arrested for being drunk in public.

Who will wear the crown?

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Sixteen girls will be competing in the annual Miss and Teen Miss Ramona Pageant that will take place at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center on April 12.

Doors open at 6 p.m. The pageant begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, available at the gate.

Vying for the title of Miss Ramona are four contestants: Brenna Brean, Courtney Ford, Andrea Proctor and Chersten Sandvik.

Planners keep two sections of bypass on priority lists

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Two of the three phases of the proposed South Bypass remain on Ramona’s recommended road priority lists.

The Dye Road Extension, also known as Phase 2 of the South Bypass, was included in a Top 14 list of capital improvement project priorities by a majority of the Ramona Community Planning Group at its April 3 meeting.

Phase 1 of the South Bypass, extending Dye Street from state Route 67 and Mussey Grade Road to Dye Road, didn’t make the Top 14 but was added to a list of road projects that the planning group is recommending the county pursue with Caltrans.

Ramona lacrosse team beats San Dieguito Academy

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Applying lessons from past deficiencies, Ramona High School’s girls lacrosse team beat San Dieguito Academy in its first Valley League triumph of the season.

“They took into account everything that we had said at practice,” said assistant coach Al Cavell. “The team did really, really well. They looked probably the best they’ve looked all season.”

The Bulldog girls will face Helix High School for the first time this year on Thursday at Ramona High.

Ramona couple quickly assist two victims in solo accident on Pamo road

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A man and woman were aided by a Ramona couple Friday evening, shortly after the car they were in flipped on its side on Pamo Road as it heads down to Orosco Ridge

Rod and Barbara Hepburn were driving down Pamo Road when they saw the car on its driver’s side, just after 6 p.m.

Barbara Hepburn said the female driver was pinned under the car between the window and the pavement.

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.

History buffs strive to connect Ramona students with nation’s past

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Jim Cooper sees a gap building between the nation’s youth and its history, and he and a group of encampment re-enactors are doing something about it.

Ramona’s first homeless count triggers Plastic Egg and Plastic Food Drive

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Ramona’s first Plastic Egg and Plastic Food Drive is taking place through Easter Sunday to benefit the homeless in the community.

The volunteers who counted the homeless during the 2014 “We All Count” effort in January found 21 visibly homeless persons living outdoors in Ramona — one appeared to be a teenager — and they know there are more.

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