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Escondido Library presents an evening with Holocaust survivor

Escondido Public Library presents, “An Evening with Doris Martin, Holocaust Survivor,” on Tuesday, March 31, at 6:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Ms. Martin, author of the book Kiss Every Step, will recount her and her family’s story of extreme challenge and survival during Nazi occupation. She will discuss her life experience and share her message of tolerance and remembrance […]

So I was Thinking…

‘Well, shut my mouth!’

Some people have commented to me that they are surprised that I reveal some of my personal “foibles” (is that still a word?) in my devotionals. Well, I figure, why not? I learned long ago that people are poised to laugh at you the moment you trip or goof up (or why else would America’s Funniest Videos be so popular?), […]

Upbeat State of the City celebrates Escondido’s upward course, Chamber’s Johnston given Mayor’s Leadership Award

Mayor Abed gives upbeat message in “State of the City” address Escondido’s ebullient Mayor Sam Abed February 25 gave an upbeat and optimistic address at his fifth annual State of the City address, declaring “Let’s embrace a future with a forward focus inspired by 21st century innovation to achieve an economically sound city.” The celebration, which used to only attract […]

Fat Ivor’s celebrates 10 years after rising from the ashes

On March 10 Fat Ivor’s Rib Rack will celebrate two anniversaries. The first is that for the 34 years Fat Ivor’s has been a landmark restaurant in town, serving up tasty treats to Valley Center residents. The second is the anniversary of their reopening from the fire that shut it down in 2003. It took two years to rebuild the […]

Learning about the Job Seekers Ministry

We talked to Glenn Arrant the leader of Horizon Christian Fellowship’s Job Seekers Ministry and asked questions about Job Seekers. VCTA: How did you get involved in Job Seekers? I was working for Boeing in LA and attended a midweek service at Calvary Chapel. They put out a call for coaches to help people to find work. I felt God […]

‘This is not a drill’

Student describes tense moments of middle school lockdown

It all started in third period on Tuesday, February 24th while I was in PE learning how to have proper running form when the announcements came over the sound system with important news. “This is not a drill, this is not a drill,” Mr. Peterson’s calm voice repeated. “We are going into lock down this is not a drill.” As […]

Veteran Realtor establishes new residential brokerage

North County real estate professional Ron Brownell has opened a new brokerage in Escondido. Brownell brings nearly 26 years of experience to a new real estate practice that focuses on residential sales in Southern California. “As a Realtor and as someone who trained other Realtors I know intimately what homebuyers need and I am excited about bringing that knowledge to […]

Alice in Chains to start U.S. tour at Pala Casino

Multi-platinum rockers Alice in Chains has announced its 2015 U.S. tour and the first stop will be at 8 p.m., Friday, July 17, on the new outdoor Starlight Theater stage at Pala Casino Spa & Resort. Alice in Chains, formed in 1987 in Seattle, rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement in the 1990s. The band had […]

Bomb threat was behind school lockdown

The threat that locked down the Valley Center Middle School for several hours on February 24 was identified by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department as a bomb threat connected to domestic violence at a residence on North Lake Wohlford Road. The Sheriff’s Department released the following statement: “On Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at approximately10:16 AM, deputies from the Sheriff’s […]