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Donnie and Raymond Thompson were rewarded with checks for $500 each Friday for their efforts in holding back a fire in western Nevada County’s Stonebridge subdivision on July 10.

The two brothers were on their way back from a lunch break when they saw 6-foot flames on the side of the road near the tree line, Raymond Thomspon said. Pat Minch, president of the Stonebridge Homeowners Association, happened to witness the event.

“They tore their shirts off and were doing a two-man fire line between the trees and the fire,” Minch said.

The fire was allegedly started accidentally by Cable Com, a company contracted by Comcast to update the cable signal for the area. Minch said the Stonebridge Homeowners Association wanted to commend the two men for their quick thinking and heroic action by awarding the brothers $250 each. Cable Com matched the reward, for a total of $500 each.

– Britt Retherford

Richardson Street paving set to begin Monday

On Monday, crews will begin paving at the site of the Richardson Street realignment project in downtown Grass Valley.

The areas to be paved are the north side of Main Street and the old Washington Street entrance into the city parking lot. This will allow the contractor to move the construction fencing to the other side of the street, making room to place the remainder of the brick crosswalks.

Bennett Street will be closed between Main Street and the freeway access road. The intersection of Richard and Washington streets will remain closed for grading. Access to Donley Motors will be from the Main Street entrance. In addition, the post office and the Shell station will be open and accessible.

This work will continue for the remainder of the week. Access to all businesses in the area will be maintained at all times.

– The Union staff

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