Tokay High School students went home early Monday following a campus-wide power outage.
City of Lodi spokesman Jeff Hood said a 12,000-volt transformer blew at 7:23 a.m. It is the largest transformer in the city and only supplies power to the high school.
He said a special crane had to be brought in to replace the transformer. Power was restored at 12:45 p.m.
Students, however, were released at 11:30 a.m., said Tokay Principal Erik Sandstrom, since there was not enough unspoiled food to feed all of the students.
Most of the food was salvaged and some was sent to other nearby schools until power was restored, Sandstrom added.
The transformer not only supplies power to the cafeteria and kitchen, but to every classroom and computer lab on campus. No residents were affected.
"We're all hooked up and ready to go (today)," Sandstrom said, adding that the district will determine later how students will make up the lost school hours.
Man dies in solomotorcycle crash
A motorcyclist died after losing control and crashing in Woodbridge early Sunday.
Russell Leon Wood, 53, was likely under the influence of alcohol when he lost control on Lower Sacramento Road around 1 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
Wood was traveling north on his 2000 Harley Davidson and had just passed Woodbridge Road when, for a reason investigators do not know, he lost control and was thrown from the bike. He landed on the east shoulder.
Wood, who was wearing a helmet, was taken to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, where he died of his injuries.
The crash remains under investigation but the CHP said that alcohol appeared to have contributed to the crash.
Teacher still on job after accusations
Galt school officials have taken action regarding allegations against a teacher acting inappropriately.
What those actions involved, though, is not known because it's a personnel matter involving the high school teacher, officials said. The teacher remains on the job.
The male teacher was accused of talking to and text messaging a female student late at night, according to a Sacramento TV news report.
Channel 13 did not name the girl or her mother, who supplied the station with copies of cell phone records, which she said showed a number of calls between the teacher and student.
Tom Gemma, superintendent at Galt Joint Union High School District, said school and police investigated. He said action was taken but that he could not go into any further detail because it was a personnel matter.
Historical society to occupy old schoolhouse
The Lockeford Community Services District, which owns the 19th-century schoolhouse building on Jack Tone Road, has agreed to allow the Lockeford Historical Society to create a museum inside the schoolhouse building.
The historical society will oversee the property and maintenance, said Gary Gordon, a member of the historical society and Community Services District boards.
The historical society will decorate the schoolhouse's interior with historical Lockeford artifacts, photographs and other memorabilia, but it may take a year, Gordon said. He has ordered some furniture and archival storage, and inmates at Mule Creek State Prison will construct some cabinets.
The public will be able to see the interior of the remodeled schoolhouse as early as September because the Community Services District and Lockeford Municipal Advisory Council will move their meetings there from the adjacent McDonald Building.
Group ponders position on peripheral canal
The advisory commission regarding water issues in San Joaquin County will consider taking a position Wednesday on a so-called peripheral canal that would move Delta water out of Northern California.
The county's Flood Control and Water Conservation District's Water Advisory Commission will review the Delta Vision draft strategic plan and discuss state water proposals, the South Delta Water Agency and flood-control maps within the county.
Wednesday's meeting, consisting of water officials from the county, cities and rural districts, is open to the public. It will begin at 1 p.m. at the county Public Health conference room, 1601 E. Hazelton Ave., Stockton.
Seeking outrageous dessert recipes
What's for dessert? Would it be a pizzookie - a dessert combining the idea of a pizza and a cookie that features a large, ooey, gooey chocolate chip cookie with melted ice cream all over? Or how about a barbecued banana with all the trimmings on top?