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Teenagers take on leadership roles at Ramona Library


A group of high school students are not only earning community service hours for school as they volunteer at Ramona Library, but they are learning responsibilities as well.

“What we’re trying to do is prepare them for leadership roles,” Ramona Library Branch Manager Ellie Slade said of the Teen Action Council (TAC) program.

“These are life skills…we treat it like a job,” added librarian Charlotte King-Mills.

Ramona High cancels tennis matches due to heat

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Heat advisory remains in effect until 7 p.m. Tuesday

Ramona prepares for another day triple-digit heat, as temperatures near 100 before noon. Yesterday’s high was 102 degrees, and the Saturday’s high was 100 at Ramona Airport, although residents reported temperatures of 103 and even higher in San Diego Country Estates.

Rickey Rae Thomas graduates from 40th Annual San Diego Law Enforcement Explorer Academy


Ramona resident Rickey Rae Thomas completed the highest phase of the San Diego Law Enforcement Explorer Academy for the second time, and received her certificate of completion in August at a ceremony in Mandeville Auditorium in La Jolla.

She was among 241 Explorers from two dozen California and Washington state law enforcement agencies participating in the weeklong, live-in academy held on the University of California, San Diego campus. The training, which is divided into three phases, prepares Explorers to work alongside sheriff’s deputies and police officers.

The program’s first phase, which Thomas completed several years ago, is the equivalent of a basic police academy. In this phase topics include the administration of justice, criminal law, officer safety, traffic enforcement, juvenile procedures, physical c

Ramona Pregnancy Care Clinic to start childbirth preparation series Sunday

Ramona Pregnancy Care Clinic’s free four-session childbirth preparation series will begin Sunday, Sept. 7, and continue from 2 to 4 p.m. each Sunday through Sept. 28.
The class is designed to prepare a mother-to-be for the birth experience. Some of the topics covered will be choices available, nutrition during pregnancy, medical intervention, and different drugs and medications offered in the hospital. Natural pain relief, how to make a birth plan and what to do in case of an emergency also will be discussed as will breast feeding and information about the newborn.
Attendance at all four classes is encouraged. For more information or to register, call 760-789-7059. Ramona Pregnancy Care Clinic is at 1530 Main St., Suite 6.

Kia treats couple to all-expense paid trip to Seoul, South Korea


A Ramona couple will soon be traveling on an all-expense paid trip to Seoul, South Korea, courtesy of Kia Motors.

Don and Nancy Failla were chosen by Kia as one of six couples to tour its headquarters in Seoul.

“Don and I are excited,” said an exuberant Nancy.

To send them off with fanfare, Team Kia in El Cajon is hosting a catered bon voyage party for them on Sept. 4.

The Faillas will fly on Sept. 13 from San Diego to Los Angeles, where they will stay overnight at a hotel and meet the other couples selected for the trip.

Marine with Ramona ties suffers severe injuries in IED explosion

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U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Brandon Dodson is in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center recovering from severe injuries he suffered this month in an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in Afghanistan.

On Aug. 9, Dodson was on a combat foot patrol as an infantry squad leader with the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines in Helmand Province when an IED detonated, taking off his legs, fracturing his pelvis and causing other injuries including a broken tailbone and broken right hand, former Marine Dave Smith reports in his “Task & Purpose: Unsung Hero” tribute online at

Complex receives Crime Free Multi-Housing certification

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Lt. Hank Turner, left, from the sheriff’s Ramona station presents Oscar Correa, manager of Montecito Village Apartments at 1464 Montecito Road, with signage and certificate declaring Montecito Village Apartments a Crime Free Multi-Housing complex. Turner made the presentation during a safety social in the complex’s community room. Montecito Village Apartments is the 11th property in Ramona to be certified in the program.

Shoes & Socks Program helps nearly 100 Ramona schoolchildren


Ramona Kmart’s shoe section was busy today and will be busy again Aug. 17, as school-age children in need receive a pair of new shoes and a package of socks, thanks to the Shoes and Socks Program sponsored by the Outreach Ministry at St. Mary’s In-the-Valley Episcopal Church.

Ramona Idol 2014 attracts variety of talent


Music at this year’s Ramona Idol, part of Ramona Country Fair, ran the gamut from rock ‘n roll and country to show tunes and oldies from the ’40s and ’50s with talented singers entertaining a crowd.

About 35 contestants competed in the quarterfinals of Ramona Idol with 22 advancing to the semifinals Saturday night, Aug. 2.

The winners were announced Sunday evening and a tribute to the military was presented. Held in the Ramona Outdoor Community Center, the contest experienced some weather-related issues that caused a one-hour delay Saturday and sound

Miniature books reap big awards

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Eileen Cummings has displayed portions of her miniature book collection at the San Diego County Fair in past years but it was her assortment of teddy bear-themed books that won her Best of Show and Best of Division for Home and Hobby this year.

“This is like winning the gold medal at the Olympics,” the enthusiastic Ramona resident said. “I reached the ultimate goal.”