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Search continues for missing Ramona man


Authorities continue to search for a 67-year-old Ramona man, missing from his home in the 17000 block of Handlelbar Road since early Tuesday morning.

Sgt. John Boyce of the sheriff’s Ramona station said residents can help by checking barns, sheds or other structures on their properties.

Carl Salayer, described as 6 feet, 3 inches tall, 140 pounds, mostly bald with some gray hair and a gray mustache, suffers from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

Ramona school trustees consider $40 million bond


In a special meeting Monday afternoon, Ramona Unified School District trustees indicated their support for a $40 million bond measure on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Of that, $32 million would pay off a loan a previous board approved a decade ago and $8 million would pay for school modernization and repairs.

Testing shows one-third of fifth-graders at risk for obesity and diabetes


Testing fifth-graders in the Ramona Unified School District for obesity and diabetes risks this year showed that 35 percent of the students were considered at risk.

This was the eighth year the Palomar Health Community Action Council conducted the Transforming Obesity and Diabetes Awareness in Youth school-based screening program, said Nancy Roy, Ramona resident and community outreach liaison for Palomar Health. Roy provided the results at the Community Action Council meeting in Ramona Community Center on June 6.

Did I sign up for this?


Well, yesterday was a first for us. As we brought the children outside to pair the preschool students with our older elementary students, we noticed that the sheriff’s helicopter was circling overhead and announcing something about “a man in black… 911.” “Hmmm….what is this about?”

Commissioners approve village plan, hold off on re-zone for big box store


Both the proponents and the opponents of a proposed re-zone that could pave the way to a big box store on H Street claimed a partial victory after a decision by the county Planning Commission on June 12.

“We kind of won,” said Jim Hagey, owner of the 20 acres behind the Stater Bros. shopping center.

However, David Glassford, who is a neighbor of Hagey’s property and opposes a big box, expressed a similar reaction.

Fundraiser nets $20,000 for Ramona Boys & Girls Club


Proceeds totaling approximately than $20,000 from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego Celebrity Golf Classic fundraiser will benefit the club’s Ramona branch.

The golf classic, hosted by San Diego Padre Yonder Alonso, was held June 5 at the Barona Creek Golf Club. About 70 golfers and 19 celebrities from the Padres, Chargers, NBA, University of San Diego Toreros, U.S. Soccer, Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) SeaLions, UT San Diego and local television stations joined Alonso for a sun-filled day of golf and fun.

Sheriff’s department searches for missing 66-year-old Ramona man

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A search is under way for a 66-year-old Ramona man who walked away from his residence in the 17000 block of Handlebar Road between 2:30 and 6:30 Tuesday morning.

Carl Lee Salayer suffers from Parkinson’s Disease and dementia. The white male is 6 feet, 3 inches tall, weighs about 140 pounds and is described as being mostly bald with some gray hair and a gray moustache.

School board workshop today targets bond


Ramona Unified School District trustees will hold a special meeting this afternoon at 2 to discuss specifics of a potential bond measure on the November 2014 ballot.

The meeting, open to the public and billed as a special board study session, will be in the Board Room of the Wilson Administrative Center, 720 Ninth St.

Flag Day tribute

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Don Bailey, his sons Levi and Sam, and Andy Mandichak burn some worn-out U.S. flags at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3783 on Flag Day, June 14. The old flags are bought to the post by those who want their flags properly disposed of with honor and respect.

Cowboy Art Class


It was standing room only when Ramona artist and teacher Carol Ravy announced there would be a live cowboy model in the room.

As part of her Acrylic Painting for Adults series in Ramona Community Library, “Captain” Jim Cooper, who also participates in re-enactments using authentic costumes he designs himself, posed for the group in different outfits on Monday.

According to Librarian Ellie Slade, students came from as far away as El Centro, Borrego, Warner Springs and Julian.

Future art classes taught by Ravy at the library include Spirit Animals for Adults on June 16 at 11 a.m. and Ramona Landscape Collage on July 23.

The free classes are funded by Friends of the Ramona Library.