Chateau Court Christmas display ready to amaze

December 4, 2012

By Rene De La Cruz

With nearly 400,000 lights and numerous decorations, Jim and Gloria Hopper have transformed their front yard into a Christmas wonderland that has drawn thousands of people over the last 10 years.

“We do it for our community, especially for the kids,” said Hopper, 64, a general contractor who began decorating the day after Halloween with his son and grandson. “If it wasn’t for all the people that drive by we wouldn’t do it.”

Q & A with Chris Hitt: Surrounded by family

December 4, 2012

Chris Hitt, owner of Hitt Plumbing Co., moved with his parents from Riverside to Apple Valley in 1960. Hitt started school in Apple Valley at Yucca Loma School. His first job was paper boy for the Victor Press newspaper. He then went to work for Bud Parker at Parker’s Garage.

“While going to Apple Valley High School, I worked for Hugh Golden at the Richfield Gas Station in the Village of Apple Valley and my dad (Carl Hitt) at Hi Desert Plumbers in the Village of Apple Valley.”


Cruisers help out

December 4, 2012

Photo courtesy of Edda Aichinger

CHECK PRESENTATION: Sun City Cruisers members Jeannie Morgan, secretary, left, Larry Cooper, vice president, second from left, and Pete Ashlock, president, right, present Julie Norton, second from right, with a check for $13,000 to go to the Phoenix Foundation, a local nonprofit that helps families who’ve been through a tragedy due to an accident or violent crime. The check was the result of four fundraisers the club put on throughout 2012. For more information on the Phoenix Foundation, click on

Who has the best Christmas decorations in town?

December 4, 2012

The Daily Press’ Weekender magazine is looking for homes dripping with Christmas lights and decorations for an upcoming annual feature. We will list your home as one of the “best dressed” holiday homes in the High Desert so others can drive by and enjoy.

Email a brief description of how many lights you have, what time they are on, types of displays and high-quality, clear digital photos with the subject “Weekender Christmas Lights” to

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.


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