Letters to Santa due Friday

December 4, 2012

It’s never too early to send Santa Claus your wish lists.

The Daily Press will publish the annual edition of “Letters to Santa” on Dec. 22. All elementary schools are encouraged to submit letters to Santa Claus from their students by Friday. Please include the student’s name, teacher, grade and school. Drawings are also welcome.

Due to the high volume of letters received, not all of them will be published.

Around Town: Local conservatives ‘circle the wagons’

December 4, 2012

Apple Valley Review

There were many collective sighs of relief among the newly elected local council members and one congressman-elect at the Victor Valley Republican Club luncheon last week as they predicted a better future for local cities and each expressed a desire to “work together” as one voice to bring jobs and some level of prosperity back to the Victor Valley.


Letter to the Editor

December 4, 2012

Obama’s presidency is the final liberal straw

Liberal-progressive presidents are responsible for the rise in government growth, contrary to the dictates of the Constitution. Indeed, government growth and abuse of power began with the presidencies of Theodore Roosevelt, continued with Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, then Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, both of whom are directly responsible for the housing crash and financial meltdown.


Arrest Logs

December 4, 2012

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 sophomore dreams big

November 27, 2012

Kate Vinton
Staff Writer

With bedroom walls are covered in Justin Bieber and One Direction posters, Puja Patel describes herself as a typical teenage girl.

But the sewing machine and mannequin in the corner of her room, along with a homemade sign that says “Big dreams, small world” tell a different story — one of an aspiring fashion designer.

Patel, 15, is a sophomore at Granite Hills High School and has been interested in fashion since elementary school, inspired by shirts her father designed while in high school and college in India.

Q&A with Kristin Lekens: One chance at life

November 27, 2012

Kristin Lekens was born and raised in the small town of Mishawaka, Ind. She lived with her parents, her twin sister, Anne, and older sister, Amy. In their neighborhood, Lekens said the kids would stay out way after dark playing Ghost in the Graveyard with friends, in a time when it was still safe to do so.

“I wasted my parents’ money for a couple years at Ball State University,” Lekens said, “before I was hired by United Airlines as a flight attendant. I traveled the world for a few years before I married and settled here in Apple Valley in 1992.”


Sales tax increase — a sign of recovery?

November 27, 2012

By Rene De La Cruz

The town of Apple Valley received a bit of good news Wednesday when it announced that gross sales tax was up 4.7 percent for the second quarter of 2012 compared to the same time period last year.

The report showed that an additional $50,782 in sales tax was collected during May to June, with sales tax growth estimates for the remainder of the year projected between 4.5 percent and 5.0 percent.

Find Santa around town

November 27, 2012


With Christmas less than a month away, Santa and Mrs. Claus have several appearances scheduled throughout town over the next few weeks.

Pictures with Santa
Santa will be available for pictures from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Friday, Dec. 4 and 6 at Town Hall Recreation Center, 14955 Dale Evans Parkway. Appointment fee is $20 and includes a glossy 8-by-10 print. Call (760) 240-7880 to reserve an appointment. Additional photos will also be available for a fee.

Agencies join to raze, burn building

November 27, 2012

By Rene De La Cruz
Staff Writer

After discovering human waste and a severe rodent infestation in an abandoned structure in north Apple Valley, several local agencies worked together to remove the code enforcement house of horrors.

The structure, in the 20000 block of Otoe Road, was razed by the town, Victor Valley College and the Apple Valley Fire Protection District during a training exercise Nov. 13 after several major code violations over the years.

Town reaches out during holidays

November 27, 2012

By Deloris Comford

There are several programs in the works to help make sure everyone in Apple Valley has a merry Christmas this year.

The Apple Valley Fire Protection District will partner with the Spark of Love Toy Drive to help children in need this Christmas by playing Santa Claus.

The toy drive, which includes Southern California counties, collects toys for underserved children in local communities during the holiday season.


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