Youth learn about government through Young Legislators Program

School is back in session, but over the summer a few select students learned about the workings of local government through Sen. Anna Caballero’s 2019 Young Legislators Program, and now the South County youth will be sharing their experience with their respective cities.

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Grass fire injures 3 firefighters near Greenfield

A 37-acre vegetation fire near Greenfield injured three firefighters who were battling the blaze Sunday afternoon, Cal Fire officials said.

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Hartnell College provides update on expansion

Students, nonprofits, elected officials and citizens gathered in a meeting room at the South County YMCA in Soledad Aug. 22 to hash out which educational programs and services they wanted for the upcoming Hartnell Community College facilities.

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Main Street back in session

Crosswalk guards escorted hundreds of students from Soledad’s Main Street Middle School last Friday afternoon, capping the first week of the academic year on Aug. 16.

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Soledad students start school year with fresh kicks

Hundreds of Soledad students started the 2019-20 school year this week with a brand new pair of shoes, thanks to a grant from My New Red Shoes.

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Soledad residents unite against crime

Soledad Police Department organized and hosted the annual National Night Out last Tuesday, Aug. 6, that took place at the South County YMCA.

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SCAR serves up baked potatoes for nearly 200 at Paw-some Party

South County Animal Rescue (SCAR) hosted its annual Paw-some Potato Party last Sunday, Aug. 4, at Bill Ramus Park in Soledad to benefit the volunteer-run organization.

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Congressman pays a visit to Soledad

Soledad Community Health Care District CEO Gary Staab and Rep. Jimmy Panetta discussed the future of health care in the Soledad community July 31 during the congressman’s visit to Soledad Medical Clinic and Eden Valley Care Center.

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Hartnell College launches student success initiative

Hartnell College is inviting the community to a news conference and celebration tomorrow, Aug. 8, to launch the Salinas Valley Promise scholarship program, the college’s most ambitious student success program ever.

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Salinas Valley State Prison inmates donate to veterans group

Veteran inmates at Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad recently put on a food drive to raise money for the Veterans Transition Center of Monterey County.

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Wahine Project unites local youth with ocean, beach activities

Dozens of South County youth took part in surf and beach soccer camps earlier this month with the Wahine Project at Casa Verde Beach in Monterey.

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New Main Street Middle School completed after 4 years of construction

After four and a half years, Main Street Middle School recently celebrated its ribbon cutting with the Soledad community, school board, school district and students.

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Soledad hosts star-spangled spectacle

Soledad celebrated America’s independence last Thursday with a children’s parade, live music, food booths, bounce houses and other family-friendly activities at Little League Park.

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California publisher buys South County newspapers

After 23 years of ownership by News Media Corp. of Rochelle, Ill., the King City Rustler has been purchased by a California publisher.

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Barbecue raises thousands of dollars for fireworks

Soledad Fourth of July Committee prepared several hundred Swiss sausage barbecue lunches June 21 to raise funds for the fireworks display on July 4.

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New Soledad park being planned

A new park is under consideration for the City of Soledad that brought out residents and community members June 22 to Gallardo Park to brainstorm where amenities would be located.

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County supervisor breaks ground on new office

Monterey County Supervisor Chris Lopez is opening up a new office in Greenfield as part of The Vines at Greenfield Shopping Center.

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FIELD students celebrate graduation

Nineteen men and women graduated June 20 from the Farmworker Institute of Education and Leadership Development and EPIC de Cesar Chavez High School Charter during a ceremony at Soledad High School.

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Elementary principal gets dunked by readers

San Vicente Elementary School Principal Jaime Calderon made a deal with his students at the beginning of the year: If they stayed above 85 percent in Accelerated Reading as a school, he would get dunked in a Dunk Tank.

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Pinot for Paws raises funds for local animal rescue group

Manzoni Vineyards and South County Animal Rescue (SCAR) once again banded together to bring the third annual Pinot for Paws to South County.

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Nielsen Trailer Park residents march to save their homes

Fifty residents of the Nielsen Trailer Park marched to Soledad City Hall last week to show their support for the park and their dislike for redeveloping the area.

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GRADUATION JUBILATION: Aztecs Class of 2019 graduates

Purple gowns and caps and plenty of smiles marked the end of a four-year journey for the Soledad High School Class of 2019, which celebrated its graduation Saturday morning at Gene Martin Stadium, where about 373 seniors walked across the stage to receive their diplomas.

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Soledad NJROTC receives academic honors

Soledad High School NJROTC was recently awarded the honor of Distinguished Unit for Academic Honors.

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Mission San Antonio hosts annual Fiesta this Sunday

Historic Mission San Antonio de Padua is hosting its annual Fiesta this Sunday, June 9.

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Carnival comes to Soledad

A carnival came to Soledad last week, bringing lots of rides, food and fun to Frank Ledesma Elementary School.

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South County cohort of teaching students graduate from Hartnell

The joint Teacher Pathway Program at Hartnell College and California State University, Monterey Bay, on May 19 recognized South County students who are graduating from Hartnell and moving on to complete their preparation to become classroom teachers.

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Soledad honors fallen heroes for Memorial Day

American flags, a special ceremony and a guest appearance by Congressman Jimmy Panetta paid tribute to fallen soldiers and military members May 27 at the Soledad Cemetery.

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Heritage goat sells for $108K at livestock auction

For the first time, Salinas Valley Fair auctioned off a market goat — raised by Ivan Trujillo of Greenfield High School FFA — as the Heritage Foundation Scholarship animal for nearly $1,385 per pound, resulting in a total of $108,000 raised.

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FARM TO FABLE: Salinas Valley Fair attracts nearly 30,000 visitors

Nearly 30,000 people attended the 75th annual Salinas Valley Fair in King City to celebrate the milestone anniversary, despite the unseasonably cool weather and scattered rain showers throughout the weekend.

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Salinas Valley Fair celebrates 75 years of fun

An opening ceremony for the 75th Annual Salinas Valley Fair is set for Thursday morning to celebrate the milestone anniversary and commence this year’s festivities at the fairgrounds in King City.

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Eden Valley Care Center celebrates 25 years in Soledad

Eden Valley Care Center is 25 years old and honored the milestone with the staff and community who supported the business over that time.

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Greenfield pledges $10M for South County courthouse

Greenfield City Council has pledged up to $10 million of support for a new courthouse if the Monterey County Superior Court continues its development of the South County Regional Courthouse Project located in Greenfield.

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Summer beach camp seeking applicants

The Wahine Project is gearing up for its Summer Beach Camp and is offering discounts on their programming to South Monterey County residents in need of financial assistance.

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Organizations team up for pet vaccination clinic

Several pet owners braved the wind April 27 to get their animals vaccinated, eat lunch and receive a collar for dogs.

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Mayors unite to demand new courthouse in Greenfield

All four South County mayors have joined together on a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom asking him to intervene in the decision about where to build the next courthouse for Monterey County.

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Council, youth discuss strategic planning

Soledad Youth Leaders joined the Soledad City Council to discuss what strategies city staff are working on to bring housing, economic development and safety to the city.

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Local dancers perform South County’s first original ballet, ‘The Nightingale’

South County’s first original ballet production, “The Nightingale,” dazzled audiences earlier this month with its musical score, striking costumes and strong performances from local youth at the Robert Stanton Theatre in King City.

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Farmer’s Market returns with new and returning vendors

Soledad Farmer’s Market has returned to Monterey Street and brought back new and returning vendors.

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Salinas River restoration effort receives $3M grant

A $2.9 million grant has been awarded to the Resource Conservation District of Monterey County to help eradicate 215 acres of an invasive plant that has infested more than 1,500 acres of the Salinas River.

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Wildflowers blooming on Army base

California’s wildflower “super bloom” has made its way to Fort Hunter Liggett (FHL), which shared aerial photos of the colorful spectacle last Thursday on its social media platforms.

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Local leaders take time to bond with Soledad youth

Soledad students are learning about reversing negative self-talk and goal setting through a chess program, bringing together community leaders and local youth.

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Soledad students propose youth council

Soledad students are interested in developing a local youth council and shared their views to the Soledad City Council on April 3.

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Casino Night raises $26K for Rancho Cielo Youth Campus

More than $26,000 was raised last Friday during the Fifth Annual Casino Night benefitting Rancho Cielo at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds in King City.

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Mission Days set for Saturday

Step back in time to California’s mission era while attending Mission San Antonio de Padua’s annual Mission Days event this Saturday, April 6.

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Soledad, Gonzales students among MESA Day competition winners

Local students from Gonzales and Soledad high schools as well as Main Street Middle School competed in a math, engineering and science competition March 2 at University of California, Santa Cruz, and came home with top prizes.

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New exhibit sheds light on Korean and Vietnam wars

A new exhibit is now open featuring displays about the Korean and Vietnam wars at the Soledad Historical Society.

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Salinas Valley Fair cancels poultry show

Due to an outbreak of Virulent Newcastle Disease in California, Salinas Valley Fair officials have canceled poultry shows and exhibits at this year’s event in King City.

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Youth discuss local issues with state reps in Sacramento

Students from King City, Greenfield and Soledad high schools recently visited the California State Capitol in Sacramento to speak with local legislators as part of the Girls Inc. of the Central Coast ECHO program.

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Soledad grad opens second hair salon

Soledad Hair Co. is expanding and opened a second location on Front Street over the weekend.

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New exhibit features historic Anza expedition

Monterey County Agricultural and Rural Life Museum has welcomed a special exhibit with local roots in the area, featuring the historic expedition of Capt. Juan Bautista de Anza and hundreds of families who traveled from Mexico through California beginning in 1775 to establish a mission and presidio in San Francisco.

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Local domestic violence case inspires new play

A South County domestic violence case has inspired longtime local playwright David Norum's latest theater project, “My Name Is…”, premiering this weekend at the Pink Flamingo Theater in Monterey.

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City looking at upgrading fire station

The City of Soledad is looking into expanding its fire station and is applying for Community Development Block Grants to fund the project.

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Court services expand in South County

Monterey County Superior Court continues to expand its self-help services in South County, with the Greenfield Self-Help Center preparing to operate on an additional day to assist residents seeking legal information.

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For the love of reading

Students at Rose Ferrero Elementary embraced Dr. Seuss by having a “Read Across Rose Ferrero” day on March 1.

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National FFA week wraps up with teacher showmanship

Soledad High School FFA Chapter wrapped up National FFA Week with a showmanship competition between teachers Feb. 22.

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Once again living up to its name, the 2019 South County Trashion Show brought more than 20 of the “trashiest” designs straight out of the Old West and onto the runway.

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Pizza pulled from schools after rodent droppings discovered

Pizzas were pulled from Soledad elementary schools this week after students found rodent droppings in their slices.

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Youth learn about gang violence at annual summit in Salinas

The annual Gang Prevention Summit on Jan. 26 featured many speakers from law enforcement and from the Boys and Girls Club. This year there was also a special speaker, Juan “Johnny” Gomez, who was present when two of his relatives were victims of gang violence.

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Longtime South County doctor awarded France’s highest medal

In a ceremony Feb. 12 at the French Consulate in San Francisco, Dr. Duane Hyde — a longtime resident and family doctor of King City — was recognized for his service in World War II with the Legion of Honor medal, France’s highest order of merit for military and civil awards.

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Feedback sought on express bus study

New routing options that would speed up bus service between Salinas and South County are being considered by Monterey-Salinas Transit.

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Adopt a grandparent

Rose Ferrero students took time to visit with residents of Eden Valley Care Center on Valentine’s Day.

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New roundabout proposal for Metz Road

A new traffic roundabout could be on its way, as the City of Soledad approved a grant agreement to bring in a roundabout that would reduce motor vehicle emissions on Metz Road and East Street.

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Soledad ranks among safest cities

The City of Soledad was once again listed among the top 50 safest cities in California, according to the National Council for Home Safety and Security’s recently released “The Safest Cities in California 2019” report.

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Award of Excellence

Eden Valley Care Center in Soledad was recently presented with a certificate of recognition from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors for being awarded the prestigious Award of Excellence in food safety from the Monterey County Health Department.

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Gonzales student meets with state leaders

Gonzales High School senior Cindy Aguilar recently met with Tony Thurmond, the new state superintendent of public instruction, to speak with him about mental health services for high school students.

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South County Animal Rescue hosts first Sweetheart Tea Party

A tea party took over the King City Recreation Center as South County Animal Rescue hosted its first Sweetheart Tea and Silent Auction last Saturday in King City.

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Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) meetings are underway in Soledad and saw a large parent turnout at the first meeting at San Vicente Elementary on Jan. 31.

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Schools to host stakeholder meetings

A series of stakeholder meetings are planned for the Soledad Unified School District in January and February with the purpose of providing an opportunity for parents and community members to give input on the district’s Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).

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Monterey County Free Libraries seeks feedback

Monterey County Free Libraries, which has branches in all four South County cities, is seeking community input to help determine priorities and updates to its strategic plan.

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Bright future ahead

Soledad senior Brian Sanchez has earned a full ride to the University of Maine in Orono after four years as part of the Soledad High School Navy JROTC program.

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Square dancers from all over gathered at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds last weekend to kick off the 39th Annual Winter Festival.

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Trashion Show returns to runway

Tickets are now available for the fun and fabulous Trashion Show, which returns to South County next month for the fourth year.

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Government shutdown impacts local transportation projects

Transportation Agency for Monterey County and Monterey-Salinas Transit announced this week that the federal government shutdown is adversely affecting regional transportation projects and transit services in the county.

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Bittersweet goodbye

Last Tuesday was bittersweet for local Pharmacists Anne Trebino and Jeff Hoogendyk, as Soledad Pharmacy closed its doors for good.

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All-around champions named at annual Ranch Rodeo

Last Sunday’s Ranch Rodeo drew 116 participants from the Central Coast and paid out nearly $14,000 in prize money to winners at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds’ Rava Equestrian Center in King City.

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Welcome to Soledad

Changes are coming to the Soledad Visitors Center, as the City of Soledad approved a management agreement for the operation of the facility with Salinas Valley Tourism and Visitors Bureau.

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Ranch Rodeo returns Sunday to Salinas Valley Fairgrounds

This weekend’s Monterey County Ranch Rodeo, co-produced by the Monterey County Cattlemen’s Association and the Salinas Valley Fair, will raise funds for both nonprofits while offering a fun way for local buckaroos to compete in traditional ranching contests.

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Salinas Valley Half Marathon ends after 9-year run

Salinas Valley Half Marathon has run its course after nine years, as the Big Sur Marathon Foundation announced this week that the race will be discontinued due to declining participation.

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Soledad Pharmacy to close Jan. 15

Soledad Pharmacy, a staple business in Soledad, is set to close this month after about 110 years. The pharmacy will be merging patient files with CVS Pharmacy in the Soledad Mission Shopping Center.

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After 14 years with the Monterey County Free Libraries, Jayanti Addleman is stepping down from her position as library director.

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Pinnacles National Park limits visitor services due to partial government shutdown

Due to the federal government shutdown and a lapse in federal funding, Pinnacles National Park will temporarily reduce some of its services while the park remains open to visitors.

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New year means new resolutions

A new year means South Monterey County residents are making resolutions and goals for 2019, among those making New Year’s resolutions include local city officials, high school students, librarians and others.

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Holiday delivery

Local oil company Aera Energy is making the holidays brighter for four San Ardo families, including 15 children ranging in ages from 5 months to 15.

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Gonzales senior to attend Senate program

Gonzales High School senior Cindy Aguilar-Castaneda has been selected to represent California at the 57th annual U.S. Senate Youth Program, sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation for students interested in pursuing careers in public service.

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Cops Giving Tree gives back to local families

Several organizations in Soledad and outside the city came together last Friday evening to bring the ninth annual “Cops Giving Tree” event to disadvantaged youth and their families.

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Santa Claus visits Eden Valley Care Center

Families lined up at Eden Valley Care Center in Soledad for its annual Santa’s Studio to have their pictures taken Dec. 12 with Jolly Old St. Nick.

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Season of giving

Toys for boys and girls were collected by the Soledad Rotarians as they prepare for the holiday season.

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Forum discusses farmworker housing

Soledad city officials, community members and businesses recently met to speak about H-2A farmworker housing in the city.

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Soledad church provides shoes for local children in need

One hundred elementary school children in Soledad and 50 in Greenfield are enjoying new shoes this Christmas thanks to the generosity of a Soledad church.

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Council swears in

City of Soledad welcomed new and returning councilmembers Dec. 5 while giving gratitude to those leaving the council.

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City unveils road upgrades

City leaders, along with the Transportation Agency of Monterey County (TAMC), school officials and Century Homes, unveiled the new Orchard Lane connection to Metz Road on Nov. 28.

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Salinas Valley Fair Heritage Foundation announces scholarship winner

Salinas Valley Fair Heritage Foundation has selected Ivan Trujillo of Greenfield for the 2019 Heritage Foundation Scholarship.

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Royal Christmas

Christmas floats, dancers, cheerleaders, marching bands, The Grinch and the Snow Court took to Front Street on Dec. 1 for the annual Christmas Parade.

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Construction underway on new housing

Construction is underway for a new housing development for 12 apartments and six townhouses on the corner of Vista De Soledad and San Vicente Road.

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Stomp for a cause

Sun Street Centers recently celebrated its South County STOMP at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds, bringing in more than $125,000 in one night to support the new substance abuse treatment facility in King City.

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Wild hogs tear up San Lorenzo County Park fields

A sounder of wild hogs tore up the fields at San Lorenzo County Park in King City over the weekend, leaving a mess for park employees and volunteers who surveyed the damage Monday morning.

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Orchard Lane now open to traffic

A new road has opened in Soledad, promising an easier way for drivers to get from the eastern part of the city to Metz Road and Third Street.

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South County students give thanks

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on everything we are thankful for, such as family and friends. In the spirit of the holiday, South County Newspapers asked local students from King City, Greenfield, Soledad and Gonzales what they are thankful for this year.

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Decades of service

Soledad City Council recognized Frank P. Trevino last week for his 43 years of working for the City of Soledad.

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South County voters turn out for election

Voters in South County made their voices heard last Tuesday by choosing between various candidates for local city councils, school boards and other special district governing bodies in the area.

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Greenfield farmworker wins $2M from lottery

A Greenfield farmworker is counting his blessings after winning $2 million from a lottery ticket.

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A tribute to veterans

The Salinas Old Downtown streets were filled as families, veterans and friends waited for the eighth annual Veterans Day Parade to begin Nov. 11.

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Siembra Latinos Fund launches, announces first grants

The Siembra Latinos Fund (SLF) of the Community Foundation for Monterey County recently gathered more than 100 supporters and leaders at the Taylor Farms Building in Salinas to launch the new Latino-focused philanthropic initiative.

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Food drive brings in 16K pounds to county food bank

It was a record year for local oil company Aera Energy’s annual food drive last week, with the equivalent of 16,101 pounds of food donated to the Food Bank for Monterey County.

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Salvation Army provides gifts for those in need

The Salvation Army in Soledad collected toys and food to distribute to families throughout South County over the past few weeks.

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‘Nutcracker’ brings holiday tradition to town

More than 1,200 people attended the 58th annual production of “The Nutcracker Ballet,” which was jointly produced by the Monterey County Dance Foundation and Monterey County Dance Theatre.

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Community invited to first K-9 unit fundraiser Saturday

Soledad Police Department’s K-9s Huro and Leco will be doing a meet and greet with the community on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bill Ramus Park during their first K-9 Unit Fundraiser.

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Sheriff discusses undocumented immigrant felons

Monterey County Sheriff Steve Bernal has a message for undocumented immigrants saying to not get arrested and their citizen status will probably be "safe,” and that if they are arrested his hands are tied.

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Prescribed burn planned for Gabilan Range near Soledad tomorrow

Cal Fire plans to conduct a prescribed burn on private property in the Gabilan Range near Soledad in Monterey County on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

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Soledad Pool hosts three nights of terror

Scary clowns, witches, aliens, dolls and more took over the Soledad-Mission Recreation District last weekend for “Nightmare on Walker Drive Fright Walk,” bringing an additional scare to South County residents.

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Mee Memorial Hospital recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Mee Memorial Hospital will be offering mammograms for women over 40 at a rate of $99.

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A decade of services

Monterey County Behavioral Health Clinic in King City celebrated its 10th anniversary Sept. 13 at its location at 200 Broadway St., Suite 88.

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Soledad announces top staff

Two San Vicente certificated employees were chosen as September Employees of the Month and were recognized by Soledad Unified School District Board Members on Sept. 13 at the board meeting.

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Soledad marches in Labor Day parade

Members of the Soledad High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) march in the Labor Day Parade last Saturday in Marina.

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Residents reminded to keep pets safe during heat advisory

An excessive heat advisory has been issued for the Central Coast and is expected to be in effect through Monday, with temperatures in parts of Monterey County possibly hitting triple digits this weekend.

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Rotary welcomes new members

Soledad Rotary Club welcomed Soledad Unified School District Superintendent Tim Vanoli and Rabobank’s Ida Chan as the club’s newest members on Aug. 24 at the Windmill Restaurant.

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4 Cities 4 Peace host Block Party

Four Cities For Peace Block Party brought the community together Aug. 26 to play games and hear stories about South County residents’ road to recovery.

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Residents encouraged to sign up for free clean drinking water

State Water Board bilingual staff, along with Monterey County Public Health, will have a booth to sign up any qualified residents this Sunday for free bottled drinking water if they have domestic wells with high nitrate levels.

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Arco and AMPM now open

The Arco and AMPM on H. De La Rosa Sr. Street is now open and providing gas and snacks to travelers and locals.

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Cork and Plough welcomes authors for Books and Brews

The Cork and Plough hosted the Second Annual Books and Brews on Aug. 12, during which residents met two Monterey County authors, Anne Ylvisaker and Carol Diggory Shields, who read passages from their writings.

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Hitting the waves

South County girls between the ages of 5 and 17 recently took part in surf camp with the Wahine Project at Casa Verde Beach in Monterey.

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Salinas Valley Half Marathon returns this year

It’s been two years since the running of the Salinas Valley Half Marathon, a scenic 13.1-mile run through the vineyards and rich agricultural lands of “Steinbeck country.” The event returns Aug. 5.

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Fire breaks out at CTF

A fire broke out over the weekend near Soledad Correction Training Facility due to high voltage wires in the southeast corner of the facility.

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South County cities win Clean Air awards

The Cities of Gonzales, Greenfield, King City and Soledad received awards from the Monterey Bay Area Resources District for being Clean Air Leaders on June 22 at the Monterey Tides Hotel.

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Celebrating summer with Zumba at Eden Valley

The occasional three-digit weather over the past few weeks didn’t stop faithful Zumba enthusiasts from getting their fitness on outdoors during last Saturday’s community event, “Summer Fun Zumba 2017,” at Eden Valley Care Center.

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Faulty power lines cause brush fire near Bradley

At about 9 a.m. on June 28, CAL FIRE received reports of a vegetation fire near the community of Bradley in southern Monterey County.

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Get on the Bus

Cheers, claps and welcomes greeted buses as Get on the Bus participants drove into the parking lot of Greenfield’s Holy Trinity Church last Saturday, June 10.

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South County Activities & Events

Activities, meetings and events happening in the South County area, including King City, Greenfield, Soledad and Gonzales.

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