Granite Hills grad honored for Army intel work

January 24, 2012

FROM STAFF REPORTS

A local military intelligence analyst has been honored for his work and is now competing for the Army’s highest intel award.

Spc. Matthew W. McPherson was recently nominated for the CSM Doug Russell Award, the highest honor that can be given to any military intelligence soldier for having an impact on the military intelligence corps. He will now compete against fellow soldiers at the Department of the Army level.

St. Mary moving ahead with new local hospital

January 24, 2012

New hospital to include two trauma rooms; four operating rooms

By Rene De La Cruz
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

St. Mary Medical Center has unveiled plans for a $260-million, 249,000-square foot hospital campus and trauma center along Interstate 15 in Victorville.

Rumors that the new hospital project would be delayed while St. Mary’s seeks to acquire bankrupt Victor Valley Community Hospital are simply not true said, Larry Woodard, vice President of St. Mary Medical Foundation.

Optimists to roast Hitt March 10

January 24, 2012

From Staff Reports

The Apple Valley Optimist Club is gearing up for a March 10 awards dinner to toast Archie and Lois Hardy along with Jack Fales — followed by a roast of Chris Hitt.

Optimist Club mainstays Lois and Archie Hardy have always been first in line to work on fundraising events, said Optimist Vicky Murray. They’ve also helped provide Christmas to local families

and led a monthly program that gives honor to the school children at the various schools.

Around Town: Hoo Dat?

January 24, 2012

By Pat Orr
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

The Apple Valley Super Walmart is all set to go — plans, permits, and clearances and yet — no construction has started. If dirt doesn’t start getting pushed around on the Dale Evans and Thunderbird site before the end of February the project may run afoul of a fowl.

Yes come spring the burrowing owl may decide to inhabit the ground in or around the building site and then its “hands-off” until September or whenever the baby birds leave the burrow.

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Arrest Logs

January 24, 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.

Students return to school for employment and diploma

January 17, 2012

BY Gretchen Losi
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

APPLE VALLEY • Teachers at Apple Valley High School are making a difference in the lives of students who once gave-up.

By integrating different programs, students under age 22 are returning to school to complete their diplomas while learning job skills and becoming employed by local businesses like Staples and K-Mart.

“All they have to do is walk through that door with a desire to get a diploma and a job,” said teacher Dennis Killian. “We'll get them hooked up.”

Mayor nixes trip to White House

January 17, 2012

By Rene De La Cruz
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

Mayor Barb Stanton turned down a trip to Washington D.C. and a possible chance to meet President Barack Obama.

Citing a hefty price tag, Stanton turned down an opportunity to attend the United States Conference of Mayors 80th Winter Meeting in Washington D.C.

Stanton was told about the three-day event by Town Manager Frank Robinson last month, after becoming mayor on Dec. 13.

‘Out of this World’ BBQ closes

January 17, 2012

By Rene De La Cruz
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

The aroma of smoked meat will be missed in southern Apple Valley after Todd Eves closed his Out of This World BBQ and Saloon.

“We tried to make it work, but with this poor economy it just didn’t happen,” said Eves, who resurrected the Western-themed building that was once the home of Big Mike’s Country Palace before it folded at the end of 2010.

Located on Bear Valley Road just east of Kiowa Road, Eves said his eatery was “too far out to attract a regular lunch crowd” despite advertising and special lunch menus.

Council awards sewer contract to S.F. firm

January 17, 2012

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Despite objections from Mayor Pro Tem Ginger Coleman and Councilman Curt Emick, the Town Council voted to award the $263,097 Sewer Master Plan Update project to the San Francisco-based URS Corporation.

Coleman said she would rather step back and not do anything because the Request For Qualification process was confusing and misdirected and excluded local contractors.

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