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Couple’s love continues after seven decades


At just 17 years old, Irene Dresback embarked on a cross-country trip to marry her 19-year-old high school sweetheart, Ralph Kling, just before he was to be shipped overseas to fly a P-47 fighter plane.
That was 70 years ago, and their love has endured through the decades.

Olympic snowboarder with Ramona ties finishes 15th overall in halfpipe


Teenage snowboarder and former Ramonan Seamus O’Connor, who represented Ireland at the Winter Olympics in Russia, came close to making the finals in the men’s halfpipe on Feb. 11.

After qualifying for the semifinals, he posted a score of 54.00 in the first run, enough for fourth overall at that stage with the top six advancing to the final, but he couldn’t improve on his score in the second run and finished ninth out of 12 competitors, posted the Olympic Council of Ireland on its website.

Four Bulldogs make it official on National Intent Signing Day 2014


Four Ramona High School athletes signed national letters of intent for college on National Intent Signing Day 2014 today, Feb. 5. From left are Amber Davis, who will play softball for Stony Brook University in New York; Kailey Hill, who will play softball for University of San Diego; Travis Kerchner, who will play football for U.S. Naval Academy in Maryland; and Matt Lawler, who will attend U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.

Ramona High senior sings national anthem at Dianne Jacob’s State of County address

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Ramona High School senior Brenna Brean sang the national anthem during the State of the County ceremony at the County Operations Center in San Diego.

“Amazing. It’s undescribable, and it’s such an honor to be here,” Brean said at the event on Jan. 29.

Sixth-grade campers head for Cuyamaca

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Getting on the bus bound for weeklong sixth-grade camp at Lake Cuyamaca Monday morning are Mt. Woodson Elementary students, from left, MacKenzie Beam, Alexis Sampson, Michaela Burgos, MacKenzie Nolan and Christian Nettleton.

Volunteers count 21 homeless in Ramona


About 1,300 volunteers — three in Ramona — took to the streets Friday in the annual countywide homeless count to give government agencies and charities an idea of how many people are living on the streets or in shelters.

Ramona volunteers Kathleen Kelley, Joe Minervini and U.S. Navy Chief Wiley Nowling met at 5:30 a.m. in the Jack in the Box parking lot at 1056 Main St., got into Minervini’s vehicle and spent the next three hours traveling throughout town to get as close a count as possible.

Ramona golfer and his team win national charity tournament at Pebble Beach

First Place, 2014 NKF Cadillac Golf Classic, Pebble Beach, Calif

Cortie Dove of Ramona and his golf partners took first place at the National Kidney Foundation Cadillac Golf Classic National Finals this month.

The team shot rounds of 60-58-59 for a 39-under-par total in the 54-hole, four-person scramble tournament played Jan. 17 to 19 at The Links at Spanish Bay, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, and the Pebble Beach Golf Links at the Pebble Beach Resorts in Pebble Beach.

Saturday workshop targets fiscal health of Ramona school district


The school board has scheduled a community workshop for Saturday, Jan. 25, to discuss a long-term fiscal plan for the district. A bond measure in November 2014 will be among topics.

The workshop will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the performing arts center at Olive Peirce Middle School, 1521 Hanson Lane. It will start with a brief presentation from the district and will be followed with public comments, questions and suggestions.

Cycling races capture interests of Cappos siblings

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As Jaron Cappos races to the top of his mountain bike competitions, his sister, Stassa, is there to capture the moments.

Together they make a good team.

Fifteen-year-old Jaron took part in the Socal Endurance Race Series at Vail Lake in Temecula last weekend, placing first in the junior division on Saturday, and third on Sunday.

Governor declares drought emergency

Gov. Jerry Brown today declared a drought emergency in California, prompting an environmental group to call on the San Diego County Water Authority to impose conservation measures.

State officials say this winter is shaping up as the driest in California history and the third consecutive dry year.

“We can’t make it rain, but we can be much better prepared for the terrible consequences that California’s drought now threatens, including dramatically less water for our farms and communities and increased fires in both urban and rural areas,” Brown said. “I’ve declared this emergency and I’m calling all Californians to conserve water in