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New Ross Dress for Less store opens in Placerville

The new Ross Dress for Less store opened in Placerville this past Saturday, July 19. According to its corporate office, the Placerville location is one of three new stores the company opened in Northern California last Saturday, bringing the total to 264 stores in the state. The new stores are part of the retailer’s 2014 expansion […]

People of Placerville

EDITOR: The Good: Today was movie day at the Regal Placerville Stadium 8 Theater for some of our residents in the Independent Apartments at Gold Country Retirement. I was helping some of the residents off the bus as the rest lined up to buy their tickets. To my utter surprise and delight a man and […]

Heard over the back fence: Placerville Hardware a ‘national treasure’

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: Jewel Blair-Smith sent the following quote: “May you have - Enough happiness to make you sweet, Enough trials to make you strong, Enough sorrow to keep you human, And enough hope to make you happy.” PLACERVILLE HARDWARE SHINES: The magazine “This Old House” recognized five USA hardware stores in their magazine. Our very own Placerville Hardware was recognized as […]

RE/MAX Gold in Placerville welcomes Oasis Meggers back to the team

RE/MAX Gold would like to welcome back Oasis Meggers, its newest agent to rejoin RE/MAX Gold. “I started at RE/MAX Gold as the front office receptionist in the Cameron Park office shortly before I was a licensed Realtor. I had already had a previous background in real estate, having worked as the assistant to Jim Aldrich […]

Film directed and produced by local to screen in Placerville

Placerville native, Todd Huffman will bring his latest film “Penton: The John Penton Story” to Regal Cinemas Placerville’s Stadium 8 Movie Theater on Wednesday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. After two extremely well-received premieres in Cleveland and Hollywood, plus openings around the country, “Penton: The John Penton Story,” is being released in limited markets nationally including Placerville, […]

Bo and Paul Parker return to Placerville for concert

Bo and Paul Parker will be appearing at the Wine Smith, 346 Main St. in Placerville, on Saturday, June 28 starting at 8 p.m. Their last appearance in Placerville was in June 2000. This rare performance will feature elements of folk, jazz and blues featuring Paul’s muscular lead guitar with Bo’s solid rhythm guitar and […]

Why I am fortunate to live in Placerville

When I got out of pharmacy school, I took a job at Robinson’s Pharmacy in Placerville. I chose that particular job because it would give me the opportunity to serve people individually much more so than a job at a chain pharmacy. Little did I know how that simple decision would affect so many lives […]

Brewfest returns to downtown Placerville June 28

This year’s Belltower Brewfest is 6-9 p.m. Saturday, June 28. The festival will close historical Main Street from Sacramento Clay streets. Over 45 craft breweries will be pouring samples inside merchant locations, on the street, and in the Mooney Parking Lot near Tortilla Flats. And as always, the Belltower will be dressed up as a […]

Water bigwigs appear in Placerville

It was all about water as the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association and the Association of California Water Agencies, Region 3, held a water conference on June 6 in Placerville. In attendance were some heavy hitters in the state water world including Mark Cowin, director of the California Department of Water Resources; Felicia Marcus, chair […]

Placerville nurse returns to cross-country air race

Continuing in the tradition of Amelia Earhart and 19 other women in an air race across the country in 1929, a Placerville woman is taking part in the Air Race Classic, starting June 16.

Cindy Ashmead, a nurse at Marshall Hospital in Placerville, will navigate a Beechcraft Bonanza K35, flown by Sandy St. John of Forni, Texas.

On Thursday, the pair flew out to Concord, Calif., where the race will start. At 8 a.m. on June 16, they, along with 51 other teams — each with two or three people — will take off, planes following each other every 15-30 seconds. It will be the only time the entire group …

Placerville Lions have a good outlook

1924 was a very good year — the nation was at peace between World Wars, the economy was booming and the first service club in El Dorado County, the Placerville Lions Club, was chartered in Placerville.

“The first Lions Club was chartered by Melvin Jones in Chicago in 1917, as a way for businessmen to connect and network,” said Michael Ocensak, past president of the Placerville Lions Club. “Helen Keller spoke at one of the meetings and called on the Lions to become ‘knights for the blind,’ so our mission …”

Pizza Bene! brings Naples to Placerville

What’s better than pizza and beer? Great pizza and beer. That’s what, among other offerings, you’ll get at Pizza Bene!, Ben Butler’s gourmet, Napoletano pizzeria at 423 Main Street in Placerville. The difference between good pizza and amazing pizza is in the quality and freshness of ingredients. Butler spent 25 years dreaming about opening a […]

Heard over the back fence: Placerville celebrates 90 years of Lionism

TIME IS VALUABLE: Jewel Blair-Smith forwarded the following “Thought Provoking:” “Spending time with children is more important than spending money on children.” — Anthony Douglas Williams  90 YEARS OF SERVICE: On June 7 at 6 p.m., the Placerville Lions Club will celebrate 90 years of serving those in need in our community. There will be an evening […]

Painting Placerville starts June 2

The Belltower at high noon on June 2 will be the kick-off point for the long-awaited Main Street Matters project. The project, sponsored and initiated by the Benjamin Moore Paint Co., will paint the first floor facades of 26 Main Street businesses on both the north and south sides of Main Street between the Belltower […]

Seismic retrofitting in downtown Placerville

Two Caltrans seismic retrofit projects are adding a little spice into getting around in Placerville. K-rail is blocking out a center lane on Highway 50 under the pedestrian overcrossing that connects Coloma Street to the downtown parking garage and detours are routing motorists around the closure of Smith Flat Road at the undercrossing. The retrofit at […]

Downtown Placerville seeks tagline

The Placerville Downtown Association is inviting the community and visitors to help define Main Street’s brand, character, style and personality with a tagline promotion. Cities all over the U.S. have created a unique tagline or motto to help identify their cities. Las Vegas has the tagline “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” and Reno […]

Placerville City Council members endorse Hoffman for judge

All five members of the Placerville City Council are endorsing Joseph Hoffman for El Dorado County Superior Court Judge, Office 5. The council’s members are Mayor Carl Hagen, Vice Mayor Patty Borelli, Councilmember Carol Patton, Councilmember Wendy Thomas and Councilmember Trisha Wilkins. “The caliber of our judges has a direct bearing on the quality of […]

A piece of Placerville’s history for sale

A “For Sale” sign posted next to a narrow driveway near the Highway 49/Highway 193 intersection might not attract much attention but those who make the turn will travel down Bennett Valley Lane and back in time. The Larned-Miller House, though to be constructed around 1875 and once owned by the Bennett family, has escaped […]

Murder-suicide cause of death of two Placerville women

The deaths of two Placerville women whose bodies were found during a house fire has been ruled a murder-suicide. Crystal Ward and Carolyn Hague were found with gunshot wounds to the head after an initial call of a structure fire brought emergency personnel to the Ass-Pen donkey ranch at 1680 Rose Lane on March 7. […]

Placerville man arrested in sexual predator case

A Placerville man was booked into county jail after a 15-year-old boy said to be the intended victim of the alleged sexual predator helped the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department set up his capture. Glenn O’Rourke, 26, was taken into custody after an arrest warrant was requested for O’Rourke through the District Attorney’s Office. On […]

Placerville celebrates Earth Day

Come one and all to the Placerville Earth Day Celebration on the green of the El Dorado County Library in Placerville, 345 Fair Lane, on Saturday April 26 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This family oriented event will have something for everyone. For the music lover there is an all-day concert featuring the Thankful Heads, a […]

Mountain lion seen in Placerville

A mountain lion was sighted last week near Cedar Ravine with the woman who reported it saying others have also seen one recently. Diana Miller of Placerville said she spotted a large one around 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 16, as she was on her way to work. She said she stopped at the stop […]

King of the West roars into Placerville

After opening its season last weekend, the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series are back at it this Saturday at the Placerville Speedway for the “Hoosier Tires Gold Country Shootout.” Tomorrow’s event will be the second of five KWS shows this season filmed for airing by MAVTV American Real. One of the hottest […]

EZ Mortgages Inc. opens Placerville office

PLACERVILLE — Led by Eric Grathwol, a mortgage industry veteran, EZ Mortgages Inc. opens its first office in Placerville. “We wanted to build a local company, to service the foothill community’s real estate financing needs” said founding broker Eric Grathwol. “It’s interesting, although anyone can lend throughout California, as we do, the foothills offer a […]

Smith Flat Road closed for bridge work in Placerville

PLACERVILLE – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is advising motorists of a long-term detour for access to Smith Flat Road in Placerville due to bridge work on U.S. Highway 50 at the undercrossing. Beginning April 10 at 7 a.m., Smith Flat Road will be closed to through traffic at the Highway 50 Overcrossing for […]

Downtown Placerville seeks new tagline

The Placerville Downtown Association is inviting the community and visitors to help define Main Street’s brand, character, style and personality with a tagline promotion. Cities all over the U.S. have created a unique tagline or motto to help identify their municipality. Well-known examples include Las Vegas —  “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” and […]

Open letter to city of Placerville

EDITOR: In the life of a community, like the life of an individual, there are defining moments, moments that illuminate true character. This is one such moment for Placerville. The question is whether the quirky, creative, entrepreneurial, openhearted personality of our city, which is part of our gold rush heritage, can extend to include our […]

As we were: No soup for Placerville

25 Years ago March 24, 1989 Pea Soup Anderson’s moving forward again By JOHN SAMMON Development of a local Pea Soup Anderson’s restaurant and hotel reportedly is back on track, after delays caused by Anderson’s bankruptcy reorganization under chapter 11. “We have a management contract with the developer and we’re waiting for a signature on it,” […]

Placerville Curves hosts food drive

Placerville Curves is having its 2014 Curves Food Drive through March 31. “We are honored to offer the Curves Food Drive as a unique way for the Placerville area community to come together and feed the need of our local food bank while simultaneously feeding the need for women’s health and fitness. Last year we […]

Photographer captures Placerville after dark

Photographer Paul Cockrell is showing his new release of “Placerville at Night” photographs at Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, during the month of March. Recently, Cockrell has been photographing Placerville, mostly at night, to document how the town looks before the upcoming makeover. While some of the buildings have faded and […]

Art and science fusion comes to Placerville

On Sunday, March 9 radio host, DJ/performance artist and cultural entomologist E. Emmet Brady arrives in Placerville for a two-part day-long event exploring the connections between mind, body and spirit. From 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Brady will DJ as “Eminent Bee” at the Ecstatic Dance Placerville, fusing energy onto the dance floor by weaving lyricism with […]

Paint Placerville schedule changed

A Feb. 25 conference call with representatives from the Benjamin Moore Paint Co. brought a change in the previously reported painting schedule for Main Street. Earlier, the company had set the schedule for painting some of the downtown buildings — part of a nationwide campaign to revitalize Main Streets — for April, with a celebratory […]

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Man assaulted on trail in Placerville

A man was attacked on Feb. 16 while walking on a trail in Placerville. An unknown male struck the victim from behind while the victim was walking on a trail near the Schnell School Road overcrossing, said Lt. Kim Nida of the Placerville Police Department. The suspect was described as a white male adult between […]

Placerville offers fit class

Bellyfit is the world’s leading holistic fitness system for women. By blending the power and wisdom of ancient practices with the research technology and trends of the modern world, Bellyfit classes offer much more than just a workout. Bellyfit is the myth busting, spirit soothing, bootie shaking workout designed by women, for women — and […]

Book shows ‘Placerville Then and Now’

Book: “Placerville Then & Now” Author: Joyce Thompson and Harry Critchfield Publisher: The El Dorado Museums Foundation and the El Dorado County Historical Society, 2013, soft-cover, 146 pages Cost: $25 Chinese joss houses, bordellos with tunnels, burning churches, livery stables, saloons and funeral parlors that also sold furniture — downtown Placerville had all kinds of […]

Intero Placerville team knows the business and the county

Sticking close to their roots, Tommee Briggs and Kathy Withrow (aka Team TomKat) have built a solid reputation in El Dorado County’s real estate community. The longtime business partners opened their Intero Real Estate Services office on Placerville nearly two years ago and, along with Realtor Associate Nadean Music, do everything they can to help […]

Placerville is the best village in California

EDITOR: As an AmeriCorps member, I recently had the opportunity to visit your beautiful City of Placerville where as a volunteer, I joined the American River Conservancy for Wakamatsu Farm Restoration workday on Saturday, Jan. 18 in honor of MLK. We lodged at the friendly Gold Country Inn. But the biggest impact of kindness came […]

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