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Don Blount

Don Blount has been managing editor of The Record since 2005. He has worked at newspapers in Modesto, Ca.; Sacramento, Denver and Allentown, Pa. A Philadelphia native, he is a graduate of Lehigh University with a degree in accounting and a minor in journalism.
Blount and his wife Lisa have four children and live in Stockton.

In bloom

The blossoms are emerging at this orchard on Davis and Peltier roads in Lodi as you can see looking northwest.     And also looking southwest. Yet the dry ground is a reminder of our area’s need for rain.

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Sweet ride

This Thunderbird is a staple at Lincoln Center in Stockton. This classic vehicle can be seen regularly many mornings in the parking lot outside of Starbucks at the shopping center.

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Child’s definition of Martin Luther King Jr.

Sometimes the simplest things are best said. I asked my eight-year-old daughter what she knew about Martin Luther King Jr. She said: He was a brown man who wanted white people and brown people to be together.

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Working away

The grape vines are bare but periodic work continues to prepare them for the growing season. This worker and one other not pictured were recently working in a vineyard on DeVries Road, just south of Turner Road in Lodi.

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A scam is a scam

Record Staff Writer Joe Goldeen’s story on a scam victim  highlights a problem that happens throughout the year. In the case of Joe’s report, someone pawned themselves off as an authority figure threatening punishment if action (meaning money) was not taken. And although the victim, Jack Baker, is fairly savvy, even he fell for this [...]

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How cycling changed two lives

Iraq war veteran Jose Jauregui’s life was hampered by devastating injuries he suffered while in service. But thanks to the group Ride 2 Recovery, he can ride a specially outfitted bike. Jauregui’s story is reminiscent of Daniel Lopez Alfonso, who lost both forearms in childhood accident. Both stories are amazing in their own right. Read [...]

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Curious bit of rural road dumping

This was a curious sight to see as I was riding south on Thornton Road, just a few miles south of Flag City on Sunday. The front part of a car, hood and chassis, at the side of the road. It appears to be shorn in half and dumped in this area as opposed to [...]

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Still an hour ahead

It has been more than 2 ½ years since the Bank of Stockton shuttered its building at 301 E. Main St. The reason for closing the more than century old building was simple: not enough business. The building has been vacant since but it still serves as a landmark as it sits at the corner [...]

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New biz coming to town

Bradley’s bar closed 18 months ago, a victim of Stockton’s staggering economy. Brad Koster, who owned the Bull ‘n’ Bear midtown pub from 1993 to 2005, opened Bradley’s at 116 N. Hunter Street in 2006 as the downtown renaissance took flight. And business was good as the courthouse workers and young crowd kept the place [...]

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CLOSED

We have heard daily about the government shutdown.                     And of course, it is something else to be impacted directly by it or to see it. It was surprising to come up the Cosumnes River Preserve on an early Monday and see that the gates closed, [...]

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