Granite Hills unveils family resource center

December 11, 2012

By Rene De La Cruz
STAFF WRITER

After witnessing Zee Halls’ drive and tenacity in establishing the Family Resource Center and after school tutoring program at Granite Hills High School, Tammie Wallace is in awe of Halls’ accomplishments.

“She is a force to be reckoned with, and she loves these kids and will do anything to make sure they succeed in school and in life,” said Wallace, owner of One of Life’s Perks. “It’s about giving back to the community, that is why I’m helping with what ever Zee needs.”

Councilman Rick Roelle reflects

December 11, 2012

By Rene De La Cruz
STAFF WRITER

After serving the people of Apple Valley, Councilman Rick Roelle said it’s been a “crazy and wonderful” eight years.

“It’s been fun and I’ve met some incredible people while I was on the council,” said Roelle, as his term comes to an end tonight. “It’s been an incredible journey.”

Roelle, who came up short during his run for 1st District Supervisor of San Bernardino County in November, said the idea of not being involved on the council or in politics will be difficult.

Q&A with Rachel Tonyan: Brewing up a better way of life

December 11, 2012

Rachel Tonyan was born and raised in Apple Valley, attending Excelsior Education Center with her brothers Joshua and Matthew. Growing up, Tonyan loved being outside — camping in Yosemite, going to the beach, anything that had to do with her family.

Since age 15, Tonyan was into the world of coffee. She spent three years as a barista, moonlighting as a coffee roaster.

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Town to seat new mayor, council members

December 11, 2012

By Rene De La Cruz
STAFF WRITER

It will be a busy night in Apple Valley, as the Town Council selects a new mayor, seats two new council members and bids farewell to another.

The council will swear-in candidate winners Art Bishop and Larry Cusack, and Mayor Barb Stanton will give up her seat during the last meeting of the year on Tuesday.

Nothing is certain, but the mayoral seat could be taken by Bishop, who received the most votes during the November election, or Mayor Pro Tem Curt Emick may slide up to the top spot with Bishop taking the second seat.

Talented teens take stage at Lewis Center

December 11, 2012

By Davida Siwisa James
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

They sang, danced, recited dramatic verses and strummed guitars.

On Thursday evening, the Lewis Center for Educational Research in Apple Valley held the fourth and final of this semester’s talent shows dubbed “Knights of Stardom.” Middle and high school students competed for bragging rights and cash prizes for the top three winners.

Around Town: B-day blahs

December 11, 2012

By Pat Orr
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

On Wednesday, I have another birthday, a date which I share with Dionne Warwick, Cathy Rigby, Bob Barker, “Old Blue Eyes” Frank Sinatra and I’m sure many others. I was hoping to be in great spirits on 12/12/12 perhaps somewhere in Las Vegas betting on 12 at every roulette table.

But like a lot of people, I’m in a holiday funk.

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Arrest logs for Dec. 11, 2012

December 11, 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.

Dec. 5
Tracey Johnston was arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Daniel Guzman was arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Michael Davis was arrested on suspicion of drunkenness.

Tailor Titus was arrested on suspicion of petty theft.

Christine Haas was arrested on suspicion of drunkenness.

Kids hit stage during talent competition

December 4, 2012

BY RENE DE LA CRUZ
STAFF WRITER

With the energy of a rock concert, a standing room only crowd cheered as Charlie Colbert, 11, masterfully played Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man" on her electric guitar.

“When my uncle died I saw his guitar and that started it all,” said Colbert, during Apple Valley’s Most Talented Kid competition on Friday.

After being tutored by many guitar teachers and playing at Memphis’ famous Beale Street, Colbert was completely relaxed on stage at James A. Woody Community Center.

Rumors swirl around empty Nikki’s Cafe

December 4, 2012

By Rene De La Cruz
STAFF WRITER

Ever since owner Robin Angelopoulos and her family closed Nikki’s Cafe in 2011, rumors have swirled around the vacant property on the corner of Bear Valley and Apple Valley roads.

The first rumor began soon after Angelopoulos leased the property to Chase Bank, which planned to open a branch on site, but decided to pull the plug on the project because the town of Apple Valley supposedly asked Chase for $500,000 in infrastructure improvements. That rumor turned out to be false.

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