Residents gear up for 'Taste of Apple Valley'

By Rene De La Cruz
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

APPLE VALLEY • Vendors are preparing to make the taste buds of High Desert residents come alive as Sun City hosts the Taste of Apple Valley on Saturday.

The two-hour event, which begins at 11 a.m., will revolve around the sampling of various foods from area restaurants and caterers, and the opportunity to tour model homes at the retirement community for the 55-plus crowd.

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Take a spin at Kiwanis Casino Night Friday
Apple Valley Kiwanis will hold its second annual Casino Night from 6 to 11 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Apple Valley Country Club, 15200 Rancherias Road.

Tickets are $25. For more information, call (760) 900-3107 or email bbbcoleman@msn.com.

Calling all artists
The Apple Valley Review is seeking to feature the work of talented local artists in upcoming editions.

Around Town: Dropouts, grads and vouchers

By Pat Orr
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

I like the recent news that the new Indiana law allowing parents to use a voucher to help offset costs when they choose a private education is a big hit. The pitiful dropout and graduation rates in San Bernardino County and all of California indicate we could stand a similar status quo shake-up. Indiana Catholic schools are bulging at the seams all of a sudden. Teachers unions are beside themselves.

Arrest Logs

All names listed are residents of Apple Valley, and all suspected crimes were committed in San Bernardino County unless otherwise stated, as reported by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Granite Hills shooting for DSL title, deep playoff run

FROM STAFF REPORTS

APPLE VALLEY • The Granite Hills football team will have some changes to adjust to as it welcomes in new head coach Obie Galindo, the program’s third head coach in as many seasons. But with the return of multiple key players, the Cougars expect to compete for the Desert Sky League championship.

A.V. counting on experience this season

FROM STAFF REPORTS

APPLE VALLEY • With most of the Mojave River League football teams losing key players to graduation, Apple Valley figures to be a contender for the league title.

The Sun Devils went 5-6 and finished third in league last season, but they return 16 players who either started or saw significant playing time. One of the returners is quarterback Ben Quiroz, who racked up more than 1,900 yards of total offense.

They also have five impact sophomores ready to start this year, including middle linebacker Mason Kelly.

Cuba comes home

Photo courtesy of Carrie ‘Daizy’ Mullaney

VISITING THE HOME TURF: Academy Award-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr., left, who attended Apple Valley High School in the 1980s, visited DJ’s Sports Bar & Grill on Wednesday. He told bartender Carrie ‘Daizy’ Mullaney, right, he’s proud to say he’s from Apple Valley. For more, click on www.VVDailyPress.com and search ‘Gooding.’

Q & A with Cliff Earp: The High Desert’s Son of a Gun

Cliff Earp was born in Lubbock, Texas and in 1944 moved with his family to Riverside where he grew up. His family lived by the Santa Ana River and he spent a lot of time “running amock” up and down the river bottom.

His dad and mom plus his two sisters and two brothers would drive back to Texas every year to visit, stopping at Stuckey’s Trading Post along the way. Most of the time they would spend the night along the side of the road sleeping on the ground next to the car.

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Council discusses facility sponsors, naming rights

Councilman suggests reviewing naming rights policies to increase revenue stream

By Rene De La Cruz
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

APPLE VALLEY • Next time you use a park drinking fountain, don’t be surprised if you see a fast food or computer software company logo staring back at you.

The town council agreed at its meeting on Tuesday to review current policies regarding facility naming rights to open up alternative revenue streams, particularly in the area of park and recreation facilities.

St. Mary's prepares for Sept. 24 gala

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Caroll Yule of Shear Realty and Mesrak Gessesse of St. Mary Medical Center will serve as co-chairs of this year’s St. Mary Medical Center Foundation Gala.

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