Volunteers of Brighter Christmas are organizing 540 baskets of toys and food for distribution in the days before Christmas. Many of the toys are coming from the Angel Tree at West Valley Mall.
Former 49ers great Keena Turner has awarded prizes to student winners of his annual essay contest.
West High’s boys varsity basketball team edged crosstown rival Tracy, 55-54, to take third place in the 13th annual Holiday Winter Classic. Sheldon High of Elk Grove won the tourney title with a 67-54 win over McAteer of San Francisco.
The Tracy City Council has awarded a contract for the installation of traffic signals at the corner of East 11th Street and Civic Center Drive.
25 years ago — 1986
The Brighter Christmas jail has raised $10,000 in the form of “bail” for “prisoners,” reported Gene Birk, chairman.
The Tracy Specific Plan Committee has approved the construction of 41 half-acre mini-parks in the 1,480-acre Residential Specific Plan area.
Maryann Pearl has won first prize among German language students entering the annual gingerbread-house competition at Tracy High School.
Frank Juarez scored 23 points to lead the Tracy High Bulldogs to a 48-41 win over Liberty of Brentwood in the annual Tracy High Boys Basketball Tournament.
Ran-Rob Inc., an electronics-component manufacturing firm, has started operations on West Larch Road.
50 years ago — 1961
Owens-Illinois is beginning to interview candidates for 60 jobs at the new O-I glass-container plant scheduled to open in February.
Services have been held for Joseph M. “Joe” Gonsalves, 28, who was killed in a two-car crash near Manteca.
Lincoln-Berggren Co. has been issued building permits for nine homes on Jeffery Drive and Beverly Place in the Linda Link subdivision.
The Joe Wilson home at 203 Berverdor won first place in the Home and Grounds division of the annual Rotary-sponsored Christmas Lighting Contest.
Harold Clough has received a service award for 25 years with the H.J. Heinz Co.
75 years ago — 1936
William H. “Bill” Larson, manager of the American Trust Co. branch office in Tracy, has been elected president of the San Joaquin County Chamber of Commerce.
After 0.34 inches of rain fell on Tracy, the seasonal total has reached 1.41 inches.
A gallon of zinfandel wine is going for 60 cents at the Frank Economy Food Store on Central Avenue.
100 years ago — 1911
The German Lutheran Church presented a Christmas program in German at the First Presbyterian Church.
Some 250 couples participated in the holiday ball held in the Arlington Hall by the Order of Railway Conductors.
— Tracy Press archives