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Officials brave the rain to highlight need to keep city streets safe for kids

Officials brave the rain to highlight need to keep city streets safe for kids County and Escondido officials the afternoon of January 26 braved a downpour to highlight the need for safer streets and progress that is being made in that direction. Keeping local children safer when they are walking to and from school and using the city’s streets to […]

Part of City Hall parking to be temporarily closed

City of Escondido maintenance crews will replace badly deteriorated wooded trellises on the south side of City Hall beginning on February 17 and lasting until approximately the end of March. During that time, it will be necessary to close the eastern portion of the south City Hall lot which fronts Valley Parkway. Every effort will be made to reopen sections […]

Contemporary art—

‘Who is that beautiful girl?’ A Valentine’s Day story

As Valentine’s Day approaches, I find myself thinking of Chuck and Kay Lyall. They were married just before Valentine’s Day over 60 years ago, and the story of how they met and came to be married is the sweetest love story I’ve ever heard. With their family’s permission, here is their story: Their life together began in 1948 when Chuck […]

Van Quackenbush, my most unforgettable character

For years Readers Digest has had a section called “My Most Unforgettable Character,” and while my 30 plus years reporting the news in Valley Center has introduced me to many who are in the running for that job, Van Quackenbush wins the title—hands down! I’m sure if there was a vote taken of Valley Center residents who knew Van in […]

Letters to the editor

WHY HERE? WHY NOW? Editor, Times-Advocate: I wanted to weigh in on the article about the Lilac Hills Ranch development. I was wondering why the developers are pushing something that the vast majority of residents in Valley Center do not want? First and foremost this is a minimum- 2 to 2 1/2 acre community with exception of the Woods Valley […]

Contemporary art exhibit comes to Escondido from Strauss Family Foundation

As a part of the 20th anniversary of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, the center is welcoming the return of contemporary art with two extraordinary exhibitions presented concurrently. In CCAE’s Gallery Two, Contemporary Constructions: Matthew & Iris Strauss Family Foundation highlights contemporary artists from around the world in a diverse and thought-provoking collection. Committed to making their collection […]

North Dakotan visitors to History Museum make it ‘50’ for all the states

The Valley Center History Museum can now claim that it has had visitors from every state in the Union. Since its opening in 2013, the local museum has welcomed guests from 49 of the 50 states. Only North Dakota was missing. That changed over the past 30 days when multiple visitors from that state showed up on different days and […]

Rotary Club honors Students of the Month