Red Bluff Daily News

April 22, 2017

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SpecialtotheDN RED BLUFF The parking lot at Samuel Ayres and Dog Island parks in Red Bluff will be a busy place Friday morning before Civil War Days Red Bluff kicks off, as hundreds of eighth-graders arrive for the School Day event hosted by the reenactors from the Reen- actors of the American Civil War. As the students pass under the arch of trees and leave modern sights and sounds behind them, their soldier guides inform them they have just "joined up" and are about to learn about life during the American Civil War. Usually there are 16 stations, organized by subject and activ- ity, such as Union and Confeder- ate infantry, artillery, cavalry, ci- vilian life and politics of the Civil War. Over the next two hours stu- dents will rotate to a new station every 15 minutes, where they will be entertained and informed by uniformed reenactors who de- CIVIL WAR DAYS Studentsto receive living history lesson By Heather Hoelscher @DN_Heather on Twitter REDBLUFF Tehama County's un- employment rate remained at 7.1 in March, down 1.1 percent since March 2016, according to data re- leased Friday by the state Employ- ment Development Department. In March there were 25,210 people in the work force in the county. Of those, 23,430 were employed and 1,780 were unem- ployed. That's 160 fewer people in the labor work force, 120 fewer people employed and 40 fewer people unemployed. The data are not seasonally adjusted. Tehama County remains ranked 34th out of 58 counties in the state in unemployment. The Northern Rural Training and Employment Consortium re- gion of the north state, which in- cludes Butte, Del Norte, Lassen, Nevada, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity counties, remains 33rd out of 46 regions in the state with UNEMPLOYMENT March jobless remains the unchanged By Heather Hoelscher @DN_Heather on Twitter RED BLUFF A Redding man was sentenced to six years in state prison Monday for his involve- ment in a series of break-ins and thefts from Evergreen Elemen- tary School, the latest being Mon- day, Oct. 24, 2016 causing $25,000 in damages. Donald Eugene Harrison, 41, was arrested on Oct. 28, 2016 and booked into Tehama County Jail on felony charges of grand theft of labor, receiving known stolen property, vandalism causing more than $5,000 in damages and bur- glary. His bail at the time was set at $1 million. The superintendent of Ever- green Middle School reported a burglary at the school's free- standing freezer building on Oct. 24 2016, according to the Tehama District Attorney's Of- fice. Through investigation it ap- peared the burglary suspect used a large pry tool and hooked up a chain or a cable to pry the metal cross bar of the building. The incident was the latest in a series of break-ins at the freezer building. The first break-in was some- time in July of 2016, when the sus- pect at the time broke the lock on the freezer door and took $1,200 worth of frozen food. According to the Tehama County Sheriff's Office this break- in was not initially reported to law enforcement, but the school made security upgrades, includ- ing adding video surveillance sys- tems. During the second break-in on Aug. 31, 2016, video surveil- lance showed a blue minivan near the freezer at about 4:30 a.m. School employees discovered the lock on the freezer was broken and about $607 worth of frozen food was stolen. The third break-in occurred in October to the same freezer, $2,000 worth of frozen food was stolen and about $25,000 in dam- age was done to the freezer. The suspect, later identified as Harrison, overcame improved se- curity locks by using a truck to pull a metal bar off the front of the freezer door, resulting in ex- tensive damage to the freezer, handrails and the concrete ap- proach ramp, according to the sheriff's report. CRIME Mangetssixyearsforburglaries By Julie Zeeb @DN_Zeeb on Twitter RED BLUFF The Hope Chest, a thrift store at the corner of Breckenridge and Grant streets that supports the Family Coun- seling Center, underwent a re- model thanks to a $50,000 grant from the McConnell Fund of the Shasta Regional Commu- nity Foundation. The Family Counseling Cen- ter, previously known as the Family Service Agency, was started by local civic groups to meet the counseling needs of low income members of the community and continues to be supported by the Hope Chest, which celebrated 50 years of ser- vice to the community in 2015. "It was built in 1915 so it's an old building and it's going to have its issues and hiccups," said manager Marta Dixon. "We thought it would take a couple of weeks, but we had a few glitches in the remodel. We can laugh about it now." The store had to temporarily close from October to November 2016 and again Jan. 14-22 to get the work done, but is back to its normal hours now that the work is finished, Dixon said. Next on the list of things to be fixed was the stucco, which had some cracks in it. "The floors are finished and we have all new windows up- stairs here and in the family counseling area," Dixon said. "We also did interior paint and the floor in the store area. We were very lucky to receive a grant from the McConnell fund to pay for this." The original project was just less than $50,000, but there were some unforeseen issues with the concrete below the car- pet, which caused delays, Dixon said. Thankfully, some other ar- eas didn't cost as much, which made up for the extra expenses for having to level the concrete. Assistant manager Micki Wit- zel's husband, Mark, helped with some of the work and Dixon and both the Witzels assisted in chipping up some of the old floor that had to be removed. An old dressing room was turned into a children's read- ing room and play area that is centrally located to help par- ents who want to bring their children along while shopping, Dixon said. The store, which celebrates 52 years in June, relies heavily on volunteers and has a group of 48, but is always looking for more. Volunteers work any- where from once a month to sev- eral times a week and the main requirement are they must be at least 16 years old and will- ing to help wherever they're needed the most. The greatest need presently is for those with cash handling experience who can help with the registers. "We really appreciate our vol- unteers and have a lot of fun," Dixon said. "It's kind of like fam- ily. We work hard, but we also have fun and they're great re- sources." The group does take dona- tions, but only during store hours and has had a problem recently with people dumping items, mostly junk that can't be used, against the walls on the Breckenridge side of the store. "We've had a real problem REMODEL HOPE CHEST THRIFT STORE COMPLETES REMODEL PHOTOSBYJULIEZEEB—DAILYNEWS A volunteer assists a customer in the newly remodeled Hope Chest thri store located at the corner of Breckenridge and Grant streets in Red Bluff. Kimberly Tyson straightens up and puts things away at the Hope Chest thri store located at the corner of Breckenridge and Grant streets in Red Bluff that was recently remodeled. Calendar..........A2 Community.....A4 Opinion............A5 Lifestyles........A6 Farm ................A8 Faith ................B4 Index............... ## INDEX CEO of California's high speed rail program has announced he is walking away from the project. PAGEA9 STATE Highspeedrail chairman steps down Electrical problem that knocked out power for tens of thousands was caused by faulty circuit breaker. PAGE A10 BAY AREA SF outage sparked by equipment failure HOPE PAGE 9 JOBLESS PAGE 9 LESSON PAGE 9 BURGLARIES PAGE 9 D Dow Jones 20,547.76 (-30.95) D S&P 500 2348.69 (-7.15) D Nasdaq 5910.52 (-6.26) BUSINESS Have a great day, Jackie Krause GOOD MORNING Check out what's going on in your neighborhood and the community. 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