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Mission Fiesta brings community together

Mission Soledad celebrated its 58th annual Mission Fiesta on Oct. 7, bringing Soledad and Mission residents together to eat chicken, enjoy some sun, listen to music and watch the Grape Stomp.

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South County Animal Rescue hosts first event for dogs

Dogs and their owners took over Front Street and Cesar Chavez Park on Sept. 29 to celebrate the first Dog Days of Summer, sponsored by South County Animal Rescue.

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Former King City resident shares journey to sobriety

The road to sobriety is not easy, but Steve “Moe” Modena shows that it can be done. Modena, a former King City resident, came to Sun Street Centers in Salinas to “sober up” in 1999.

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Food drive brings in 16K pounds to county food bank

It was a record year for local oil company Aera Energy’s annual food drive last week, with the equivalent of 16,101 pounds of food donated to the Food Bank for Monterey County.

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Stage Hands’ latest show opens Friday

Ya’ll best be fixin’ to get all gussied up in your fancy pants and wander over yonder to see The Stage Hands next Supper Show, “Southern Fried Funeral,” by Osborne and Epps, opening Feb. 23.

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South County Activities & Events

Activities, meetings and events happening in the South County area, including King City, Greenfield, Soledad and Gonzales.

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Wall of Wine winner

Donna Oliveira of King City was the raffle winner of more than $7,500 worth of wine for the Wall of Wine fundraiser, which supports the Campaign for the Preservation of Mission San Antonio de Padua.

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Barbecue, holiday tea fundraisers benefit SCAR, Historical Society

South County Animal Rescue (SCAR) conducted back-to-back fundraisers Dec. 2 to conclude its 2017 fundraising efforts.

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‘Nutcracker’ brings holiday tradition to town

More than 1,200 people attended the 58th annual production of “The Nutcracker Ballet,” which was jointly produced by the Monterey County Dance Foundation and Monterey County Dance Theatre.

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Longtime resident Bob Thorp recalls life growing up in Greenfield

Robert Thorp, better known as Bob to Greenfield residents, can still recall what the schools were like in 1938.

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Sheriff discusses undocumented immigrant felons

Monterey County Sheriff Steve Bernal has a message for undocumented immigrants saying to not get arrested and their citizen status will probably be "safe,” and that if they are arrested his hands are tied.

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District governor visits area Rotary Clubs

Rotary District Governor Art Gafferty visited the Soledad, Greenfield and Gonzales Rotary Clubs on Oct. 25 to speak about different outreach works that Rotary has participated in.

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Mee Memorial Hospital recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Mee Memorial Hospital will be offering mammograms for women over 40 at a rate of $99.

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South County’s hidden jewel: Oak Park

Greenfield Oak Park is located two miles east of Greenfield on Elm Avenue toward Metz Road. The park has been a local favorite for decades.

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Greenfield student attends leadership camp

Yasmin Solis, a student at Greenfield High School, was one of 110 young ladies, all juniors from dozens of high schools around Central California and the Central Coast, to attend Camp Royal this year.

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Residents reminded to keep pets safe during heat advisory

An excessive heat advisory has been issued for the Central Coast and is expected to be in effect through Monday, with temperatures in parts of Monterey County possibly hitting triple digits this weekend.

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4 Cities 4 Peace host Block Party

Four Cities For Peace Block Party brought the community together Aug. 26 to play games and hear stories about South County residents’ road to recovery.

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Kaatia Larsen sings along with special guests at Soledad Rotary meeting

A special musical performance from Kaatia Larsen arrived at the Windmill Restaurant in Soledad on Aug. 24 in time for the Soledad Rotary Club meeting.

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Residents encouraged to sign up for free clean drinking water

State Water Board bilingual staff, along with Monterey County Public Health, will have a booth to sign up any qualified residents this Sunday for free bottled drinking water if they have domestic wells with high nitrate levels.

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Cork and Plough welcomes authors for Books and Brews

The Cork and Plough hosted the Second Annual Books and Brews on Aug. 12, during which residents met two Monterey County authors, Anne Ylvisaker and Carol Diggory Shields, who read passages from their writings.

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Coffee with a Cop

Greenfield Police Department and McDonald’s presented Coffee with a Cop on Aug. 5, during which community members were able to meet and socialize with officers at the local restaurant.

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Hitting the waves

South County girls between the ages of 5 and 17 recently took part in surf camp with the Wahine Project at Casa Verde Beach in Monterey.

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Salinas Valley Half Marathon returns this year

It’s been two years since the running of the Salinas Valley Half Marathon, a scenic 13.1-mile run through the vineyards and rich agricultural lands of “Steinbeck country.” The event returns Aug. 5.

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The Big Bang

The Compos family from Greenfield stands next to “The Big Bang” of fireworks they won through a raffle hosted by the Greenfield Lions Club this Fourth of July.

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South County cities win Clean Air awards

The Cities of Gonzales, Greenfield, King City and Soledad received awards from the Monterey Bay Area Resources District for being Clean Air Leaders on June 22 at the Monterey Tides Hotel.

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City tours marijuana facility construction

Greenfield Organix hosted a special lunch June 7 for construction workers, staff, city staff, council members and community members.

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Celebrating summer with Zumba at Eden Valley

The occasional three-digit weather over the past few weeks didn’t stop faithful Zumba enthusiasts from getting their fitness on outdoors during last Saturday’s community event, “Summer Fun Zumba 2017,” at Eden Valley Care Center.

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Faulty power lines cause brush fire near Bradley

At about 9 a.m. on June 28, CAL FIRE received reports of a vegetation fire near the community of Bradley in southern Monterey County.

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Additional Articles

  • California condors headed to Central Coast for release in the wild

    A group of the Peregrine Fund’s California condors will soon be unfurling their nine-and-a-half-foot wings to soar the skies of central California, but first they have to get from the World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho, all the way to central California, where the National Park Service and the Ventana Wildlife Society will release the condors from their respective sites at Pinnacles National Park and in Big Sur.

  • County hosts open house for new Victim’s Center

    Join the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office on Thursday, July 27, from 9 to 11 a.m., 250 Franciscan Way, King City, for an Open House in the newly refurbished District Attorney’s Office, Victim’s Center.

  • Salinas Valley’s Meals on Wheels announces new staff, board members

    Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley, Inc. (MOWSV) has announced that Robyn Chamberlin has joined the current Board of Directors as incoming treasurer.

  • Migrant and Seasonal Head Start enrolling children for 2017

    Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County (CAPSLO) Migrant Seasonal Head Start is recruiting children in South Monterey County for the 2017 program year.

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