Local domestic violence case inspires new play

A South County domestic violence case has inspired longtime local playwright David Norum's latest theater project, “My Name Is…”, premiering this weekend at the Pink Flamingo Theater in Monterey.

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Picking up STEAM

Greenfield Community Science Workshop once again partnered with Mary Chapa Literacy and Technology Academy to bring hands-on science activities to local students and their parents at the second annual Family STEAM Night.

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Greenfield alumnus donates laptops

Greenfield High School and the Greenfield Community Center were the lucky recipients of 30 laptop computers donated by Gabe Trujillo.

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WESTERN CHIC

Once again living up to its name, the 2019 South County Trashion Show brought more than 20 of the “trashiest” designs straight out of the Old West and onto the runway.

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Longtime South County doctor awarded France’s highest medal

In a ceremony Feb. 12 at the French Consulate in San Francisco, Dr. Duane Hyde — a longtime resident and family doctor of King City — was recognized for his service in World War II with the Legion of Honor medal, France’s highest order of merit for military and civil awards.

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Youth learn about gang violence at annual summit in Salinas

The annual Gang Prevention Summit on Jan. 26 featured many speakers from law enforcement and from the Boys and Girls Club. This year there was also a special speaker, Juan “Johnny” Gomez, who was present when two of his relatives were victims of gang violence.

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Feedback sought on express bus study

New routing options that would speed up bus service between Salinas and South County are being considered by Monterey-Salinas Transit.

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Words to live by

Third-grade students were given a treat last Friday as they received dictionaries from the Greenfield Rotary Club.

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Soledad ranks among safest cities in California

The City of Soledad was once again listed among the top 50 safest cities in California, according to the National Council for Home Safety and Security’s recently released “The Safest Cities in California 2019” report.

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Oak Avenue principal awarded for leadership

Oak Avenue Elementary School Principal Sonia Aramburo was awarded for her work in bringing an early literacy program that uniquely reaches pre-kindergarten-aged children to the Greenfield Union School District.

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Supporting the arts

The 14th Annual Champions of the Arts Gala recently honored former King City resident Hector Dionicio Mendoza and longtime Greenfield volunteer Silka Saavedra, among others, for their contributions to the local arts community.

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Gonzales student meets with state leaders

Gonzales High School senior Cindy Aguilar recently met with Tony Thurmond, the new state superintendent of public instruction, to speak with him about mental health services for high school students.

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South County Animal Rescue hosts first Sweetheart Tea Party

A tea party took over the King City Recreation Center as South County Animal Rescue hosted its first Sweetheart Tea and Silent Auction last Saturday in King City.

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GIVE A HOOT

Lockwood 4-H member Seralyn Colton has reported that the Give A Hoot! 4-H project succeeded in making 20 owl-nesting boxes for the community last year.

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Local art champions awarded

Former King City resident Hector Dionicio Mendoza and Greenfield volunteer Silka Saavedra will be honored for their contribution to the arts this Saturday at the 14th Annual Champions of the Arts Gala, presented by the Arts Council for Monterey County.

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Monterey County Free Libraries seeks feedback

Monterey County Free Libraries, which has branches in all four South County cities, is seeking community input to help determine priorities and updates to its strategic plan.

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HIP TO BE SQUARE

Square dancers from all over gathered at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds last weekend to kick off the 39th Annual Winter Festival.

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Trashion Show returns to runway

Tickets are now available for the fun and fabulous Trashion Show, which returns to South County next month for the fourth year.

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Government shutdown impacts local transportation projects

Transportation Agency for Monterey County and Monterey-Salinas Transit announced this week that the federal government shutdown is adversely affecting regional transportation projects and transit services in the county.

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ART AMONG FRIENDS

Circle of Friends Club, which promotes friendship and inclusion by pairing special education students with their peers, hosted its first art show last Friday at Greenfield High School.

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All-around champions named at annual Ranch Rodeo

Last Sunday’s Ranch Rodeo drew 116 participants from the Central Coast and paid out nearly $14,000 in prize money to winners at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds’ Rava Equestrian Center in King City.

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White selected to fill council vacancy

Greenfield City Council has appointed longtime resident Robert “Bob” White to fill the vacant seat on the dais.

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Birthday bash

City of Greenfield celebrated its 72nd birthday last week with councilmembers, city staff and community members gathering and eating cake at the City Hall Chambers.

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Soledad Pharmacy to close after more than a century

Soledad Pharmacy, a staple business in Soledad, is set to close this month after about 110 years. The pharmacy will be merging patient files with CVS Pharmacy in the Soledad Mission Shopping Center.

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Salinas Valley Half Marathon ends after 9-year run

Salinas Valley Half Marathon has run its course after nine years, as the Big Sur Marathon Foundation announced this week that the race will be discontinued due to declining participation.

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Ranch Rodeo returns Sunday

This weekend’s Monterey County Ranch Rodeo, co-produced by the Monterey County Cattlemen’s Association and the Salinas Valley Fair, will raise funds for both nonprofits while offering a fun way for local buckaroos to compete in traditional ranching contests.

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END OF A CHAPTER

After 14 years with the Monterey County Free Libraries, Jayanti Addleman is stepping down from her position as library director.

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Pinnacles National Park limits visitor services due to partial government shutdown

Due to the federal government shutdown and a lapse in federal funding, Pinnacles National Park will temporarily reduce some of its services while the park remains open to visitors.

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New year means new resolutions

A new year means South Monterey County residents are making resolutions and goals for 2019, among those making New Year’s resolutions include local city officials, high school students, librarians and others.

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Holiday delivery

Local oil company Aera Energy is making the holidays brighter for four San Ardo families, including 15 children ranging in ages from 5 months to 15.

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Google reps pay visit to Greenfield classroom

A fifth-grade teacher at Arroyo Seco Academy in Greenfield has been teaching her students to create computer programming code and was recently visited by Google representatives who observed the classroom in action.

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Gonzales senior to attend Senate program

Gonzales High School senior Cindy Aguilar-Castaneda has been selected to represent California at the 57th annual U.S. Senate Youth Program, sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation for students interested in pursuing careers in public service.

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Council swears in

A new mayor and two new councilmembers joined the Greenfield City Council after a swearing-in ceremony Dec. 11, during which the outgoing mayor and council were thanked for their service.

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Youth gain insight into jobs

Oak Avenue Elementary School students are looking to their future and recently had the chance to learn about different careers during the school’s annual Career Day visits.

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Soledad church provides shoes for local children in need

One hundred elementary school children in Soledad and 50 in Greenfield are enjoying new shoes this Christmas thanks to the generosity of a Soledad church.

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’Tis the season

Greenfield Christmas in the Park brought lots of joy and goodies for hundreds of youth and their families last Saturday at the Village Park gazebo.

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Martinez receives library award

One of Greenfield’s own city officials, Councilmember Yanely Martinez, received the honor of Best Elected Official of the Year by the California Public Library Advocates.

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Salinas Valley Fair Heritage Foundation announces scholarship winner

Salinas Valley Fair Heritage Foundation has selected Ivan Trujillo of Greenfield for the 2019 Heritage Foundation Scholarship.

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Ocean Guardians

Thanks to the hard work of teachers at Vista Verde and the generosity of the Marine Sanctuary and Ocean Guardian Grant, local students have become stewards of the Arroyo Seco River this year.

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City welcomes new fire chief

A new fire chief has joined the Greenfield Fire Department, as Jim Langborg was sworn in at the Nov. 13 city council meeting.

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Youth treated to ‘Nutcracker’ preview

Little ones, and even big ones, recently received an opportunity to see ballet in a different light when “The Nutcracker Ballet” readers theater program visited local libraries in November.

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Stomp for a cause

Sun Street Centers recently celebrated its South County STOMP at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds, bringing in more than $125,000 in one night to support the new substance abuse treatment facility in King City.

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Wild hogs tear up San Lorenzo County Park fields

A sounder of wild hogs tore up the fields at San Lorenzo County Park in King City over the weekend, leaving a mess for park employees and volunteers who surveyed the damage Monday morning.

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Holidays kick off in Greenfield with community dinner

More than 450 Thanksgiving dinners were served at a community dinner held last Saturday at the Greenfield Lions hall.

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South County students give thanks

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on everything we are thankful for, such as family and friends. In the spirit of the holiday, South County Newspapers asked local students from King City, Greenfield, Soledad and Gonzales what they are thankful for this year.

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Helping those in need

Just in time for the holiday season, a new toy donation container has been set up inside the Greenfield Civic Center as part of the annual winter coat drive.

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South County voters turn out for election

Voters in South County made their voices heard last Tuesday by choosing between various candidates for local city councils, school boards and other special district governing bodies in the area.

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Greenfield farmworker wins $2M from lottery

A Greenfield farmworker is counting his blessings after winning $2 million from a lottery ticket.

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A tribute to veterans

Cesar Chavez Elementary School hosted its annual Veterans Day Assembly last Friday, Nov. 9.

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Chief gives Police Academy speech

For the first time, a Greenfield police chief was the guest speaker for the Monterey South Bay Police Academy in Salinas last month.

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Honoring our past

All things Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, hit the Greenfield Cultural Arts Center on Nov. 2.

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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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