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4-car collision blocks Sunrise/Greenback intersection

Updated Nov. 8, 7:59 a.m.-- A collision involving at least four cars at the intersection of Sunrise Boulevard and Greenback Lane blocked several lanes of traffic Thursday night, as about a dozen officers responded to the scene...

Pumpkin Farm closes 40th season Friday; says 10,000 visited

With storm clouds looming overhead, Citrus Heights' Pumpkin Farm closed out its month-long October season at noon Friday -- after selling out of pumpkins and finishing a final school group tour, according to Leonard Shymoniak, who runs the Farm with three of his children...

Old Auburn Rd boasts new $1.1M roadside trail

Designed to encourage more walkability in Citrus Heights, a new 4,100-foot trail has opened on Old Auburn Road just east of Fair Oaks Boulevard, featuring a wide, fully paved path for bikes, pedestrians and mobility scooters...

Controversial plastic bag ban stirs up local Walmart shoppers

Updated Oct. 24, 11:20 a.m. -- Drawing signatures of support as well as angry remarks, a paid petition-gatherer set up outside the Citrus Heights Walmart for several hours Thursday, hoping to gather signatures for an effort to overturn a recently passed law that would ban stores from offering plastic bags beginning July 1, 2015 -- if opponents don't gather enough signatures to put the issue before voters on the ballot. "I need these plastic bags," said Kathleen Ring as she walked out of Walmart with a cart full of items bagged in plastic. "What else are you gonna pick up dog crap with?" Others like shopper Tricia Wallen didn't hold the same view, muttering "I'm not signing it -- I want em gone," as she passed by the petition table...

Volvo Crashes Through Front of Safeway on Greenback

Citrus Heights' Safeway received an unwanted cosmetic adjustment over the weekend when a driver rammed his older-model Volvo into the front of the building, damaging a large pillar and part of the front wall...

Large tree uproots overnight, falls on power line, misses car

Citrus Heights resident Andrew Carpenter came home from celebrating his 30th birthday in Lake Tahoe over the weekend to find a large oak tree uprooted in his front yard -- partially blocking the road and resting right where his car is usually parked. "If it would've fallen the other way, that would have been a disaster," said Andrew Carpenter, who said the only damage to property was a scuff on his mailbox, despite the tree being rooted just five feet from his house and landing on a power line. "It's a miracle that it didn't hurt anything." Neighbors said they heard a crash around 1 a.m. on Saturday morning, but with no wind or rain that night, they were surprised to find the tree completely blocking their only exit path on Phoenix Lane, near Old Auburn Boulevard. "I thought something fell on my house 'cause the house shook," said neighbor Gary McDonald...

Benefit for war-torn Ukraine held in Citrus Heights

The Citrus Heights Community Center was filled with Ukrainian orchestra music, prayers and presentations Thursday night, as churches, business owners and political leaders joined together to support the relief effort for those caught in war-torn Ukraine. "We are Christian people, and our faith must be shown by acts of love," said organizer Stephan Skots, of the Citrus Heights-based Ukraine Relief group who put on the event. "We live in America, and we have learned from our American brothers and sisters to help others.” Showing the mixed heritage of many of the participants, the evening began with the national anthems of both America and Ukraine, before progressing somewhat like a church service, with opening and closing prayers, scripture references peppering speeches, and a call for donations...

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