A News-Sentinel employee on May 9 discovered a United States flag that had been rolled up and tossed into the bushes in front of the News-Sentinel building, located at 125 N. Church St.
The flag still had an aluminum pole and appeared to have been ripped from a building. Anyone wishing to claim the flag can contact the newsroom at 369-7035.
Woman wins award for excellence in medicine
Parampal Gill of Lodi has won the Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Award for Excellence in Medicine from Assemblyman Alan Nakanishi, R-Lodi, co-chair of the California Asian Pacific Islander Joint Legislative Caucus.
According to a statement released by Nakanishi's office, Gill received the award for her work as the chief of staff of St. Joseph's Medical Center in Stockton and for serving as the chief of staff at Lodi Memorial Hospital from 1992 to 1993.
Gill has also been a member of the board of directors at Lodi Memorial for the past 12 years and is a member of the Lodi Community Hall of Fame.
"Dr. Gill not only is a distinguished doctor and a great leader in the medical field but she also has worked to improve community health and promote education," Nakanishi said in the statement.
Gill received her bachelor and doctorate from Jabalpur University in India.
This is the fourth year of the awards, which honor six people of Asian heritage in the fields of arts and entertainment, business, journalism, medicine, civil rights and community service.
Wastewater expansion to be discussed
Lockeford Community Services District board members will review financing options for the district's wastewater expansion project at Thursday's board meeting.
The board will also hear an update on the old Lockeford Schoolhouse restoration project.
The board meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the Lockeford Community Center's McDonald Building, 19456 N. Jack Tone Road.
MAC to tackle Lockeford park, 70-room hotel
The Lockeford Municipal Advisory Council will review a three-story, 70-room hotel planned for western Lockeford with a wine-tasting room and other feature on Thursday night.
Other agenda items include updates on a park planned for Jack Tone road, a billboard proposed on Highway 88 and a community van. The council will also hear a public safety report.
The MAC meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Lockeford Community Center's McDonald Building, 19456 N. Jack Tone Road.
Deis to be first principal at Liberty Ranch High
Brian Deis, currently assistant principal at Galt High School, will take the reins as principal at Galt Joint Union High School District's new high school, Liberty Ranch.
Superintendent Tom Gemma said Deis came from a pool of 31 applicants that was whittled down to six candidates.
The final six candidates went through three rounds of interviews before choosing Deis as the new principal.
"I'm excited to have him on board," Gemma said. "His proven leadership has been exemplary."
Deis' salary is still being negotiated, but Gemma said it would be between $113,000 and $125,000.
Gemma said Deis will face challenges in opening a new high school. Gemma said splitting Galt High's current workforce so that each school's staff holds the same amount of experience will be tough.
Deis will also help determine whether Liberty Ranch High will start out with all four grade level or just freshmen and sophomores.
Deis joined the Galt High staff in 1995 as a history teacher before moving on to become assistant principal.
Assembly candidate gets business endorsement
Republican Scott Kamena of Livermore has been endorsed by the California Small Business Administration. Kamena is running for the 15th District Assembly seat being vacated by Guy Houston, R-San Ramon, who is vacating his seat due to term limits.
The Assembly district consists mostly of portions of the East Bay, but it includes Galt and Thornton as well.
Steve Nilssen, a newly appointed member of the San Joaquin County Local
Agency Formation Commission, and wife Lynn are employed at Summit Funding, a mortgage banker/broker in Lodi. A story Friday incorrectly stated their status with the company.
Mokelumne Fire Chief Dan Leary earned $40,421.71 for the 2007-08 fiscal year, which includes the amount that is removed for payroll deductions. He does not receive any benefits paid by the district.
The information was incorrect in a story May 3.