With a new generation coming of age with no memory of the Sept. 11 attacks, and the war that the tragedy sparked coming to an end, Galt’s observance of the 20th anniversary of the attacks was marked by reflection on their continuing significance today.

Discussion of land use and potential future development dominated the Galt Planning Commission’s Sept. 9 regular meeting, which also saw the body recommend removing easements on the land for an upcoming infill project.

The Galt City Council gave its final approval to the city’s updated housing element on Sept. 7, with Mayor Shawn Farmer voting against. The memory of fallen Galt police officer Harminder Grewal was a constant presence at the regular meeting, which also included awards for community members w…

The outpouring of recognition for Galt Police Department officer Harminder Grewal continued Sept. 2 at a candlelight vigil on the California State Capitol steps. Leaders in government and the local Sikh community spoke about the significance of Grewal’s service.

The C Street Enhancement Project will take another step forward on Sept. 9, when the public is invited to see various options for the renovation.

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Photos by Matthew Malone

Galt Police Officer Harminder Grewal died Thursday, Aug. 26 from injuries sustained in a head-on collision on Highway 99 on Sunday, Aug. 22.

A majority of Galt residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the Sacramento County Public Health Office. The city has reached the milestone amid a continuing surge of cases and a rise in demand for testing.

On Aug. 26, four days after a car crash that sent him and his partner to the hospital, Galt Police Department officer Harminder Grewal died of his injuries. Grewal was 27 years old.

Having visited every school site at the start of the school year, the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District Board thanked parents, students, staff and administration for a successful start to the school year, including following health guidelines.

In a tragic case of wrong place, wrong time, two of Galt Police Department’s officers battle for their lives in area hospitals after being struck head-on on Highway 99 in the early morning hours Sunday, Aug. 22.

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A recent collision sparked a conversation on traffic safety at the Aug. 17 meeting of the Galt City Council. City staff and consultants also presented a report on the revisions to the housing element of the city’s General Plan.

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Vigil attendees hold up blue glow sticks while Bette Midler’s ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ plays.

New artificial turf is on the horizon for Walker Community Park field after Assembly Member Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) delivered $700,000 to the city of Galt.

Parks and Recreation Director Armando Solis clarified the city’s current landscape maintenance schedule at the Aug. 11 meeting of the Parks and Recreation Commission. He also updated the commission on the Walker Community Park improvements.

Planning a vacation? The Galt Police Department and its civilian volunteer program are restarting a free service to keep an eye on your home while you’re gone.

After not being satisfied with a drafted letter to the California Department of Public Health that was up for approval at the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District (GJUESD) board’s Aug. 11 special board meeting, the GJUESD board voted to table the letter to a future meeting.

Saturday evening, Aug. 7, two vehicles collided with a sound wall along Marengo Road, sending concrete bricks flying into the home on the corner of Elk Hills and Marengo.

Plans for a letter to state public health officials on the mask mandate and grade changes related to a recently passed student retention bill were the focus of the Galt Joint Union High School District (GJUHSD) board meeting that took place Aug. 5 as the district prepared for the 2021-22 sch…

In a meeting once again held over Zoom because of rising COVID-19 infections, Galt City Council on Aug. 3 approved salary and benefits agreements with law enforcement unions. Vice Mayor Paul Sandhu asked that traffic controls be considered for the intersection of Carillion Boulevard and Vaux…

Despite the gloom of smoke hovering in the air, a pandemic lingering in the distance past and the absence of its claim to fame mud volleyball, hundreds of local residents gathered at Herald Park for the annual Herald Day celebration on Saturday, Aug. 7. The Herald Community Club (HCC) hosts …

The park and playground at the Galt Sports Complex is flooded after park employees found that six sprinkler heads were removed over the weekend. Parks and Rec workers found the flooded mess Monday morning, when they initially thought a valve had malfunctioned; however, upon further inspectio…

The Sacramento County public health officer has required county residents to wear masks in indoor, public settings, whether they are vaccinated or not, the latest bid to slow a “rapid” surge of coronavirus cases.

It just got easier for those wishing to attend the weekly Friday Farmers Market in Old Town. The city of Galt will be offering free shuttle services to the promenade on Fourth Street for the next three farmers market events. The service will begin for this week’s Friday occasion, which will …

Freshly outfitted with historical exhibits, the Galt Area Historical Society’s Rae House Museum has a new dedication to educating residents on the area’s past.

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Impassioned pleas, mostly against enforcing the latest mask mandate, fueled the public comments at the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District (GJUESD) Board meeting on July 28, as parents on both sides of the mask debate, at times heatedly, shared their reasons behind their frustration.

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The Commission on Aging on July 29 discussed the practicalities of a proposal to offer computer access to older adults and of its ongoing effort to separate the Galt Senior Resource Center (GSRC) from the city.

Galt City Council on July 20 held its first in-person meeting in nearly a year and a half. It added the planned Parlin Oaks development to a community facilities district (CFD) and discussed the city’s landscaping and lighting districts (LLDs). It also heard about the local status of the COV…

The Public Safety Committee discussed ways to resolve local traffic concerns on July 26, including the parking situation around Meadowview Park. Part of that discussion included partially closing the cross street.

A Galt man is in custody after he allegedly shot and killed his wife Friday night, July 23, then fled to a nearby orchard before surrendering to police.

Two subjects refusing to pull over when directed to by a San Joaquin county Sheriff Deputy on Wednesday, July 21 triggered a 16-mile pursuit across the county line, culminating with their arrest near Herald.

Galt City Manager Lorenzo Hines will be wearing multiple hats for the time being, as Galt’s top finance official no longer works for the city. The Galt Herald was informed last week that Finance Director Claire Tyson has left her post. The city’s website recently has been changed, notifying …

Galt resident Debra Jackson, 65, of Galt was hit and killed Sunday, July 18, after she exited her vehicle to talk to another driver. Jackson had pulled to the right shoulder behind another vehicle after hitting debris from an earlier accident. Upon returning to her Chevy Malibu, Jackson was …

The Galt Parks and Recreation Commission elected a vice chair at its July 14 regular meeting, but it did so with one fewer member after a recent departure.

The California state budget, signed into law on July 12, allocates $700,000 to replace the artificial turf on one of the fields at Walker Community Park.

With COVID-19 cases once again on the rise, Sacramento County’s top public health official is “strongly” recommending that people wear masks in public, indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status.