Lancaster

A special holiday home for Emily

Four-year-old brain cancer patient Emily and her dad, Emilio, pose for a picture with the kindhearted local deputies who set up the family's Christmas lights Thursday, Dec. 19. [Contributed]

LANCASTER – Christmas came early for 4-year-old brain cancer patient Emily Janelle Jarquin, when local sheriff’s deputies showed up at her Lancaster home Thursday and surprised her with Christmas lights. Things have been hard for the Jarquin family since the preschooler was diagnosed with a brain tumor the day before Thanksgiving. The family spent that…

AVH ‘excellent’ in treating stroke patients

AV Hospital

LANCASTER — Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) has achieved Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification from The Joint Commission and the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency. This designation signifies that AVH has the equipment, infrastructure, staff and training programs needed to quickly diagnose and treat patients presenting with acute stroke. The Joint Commission performed an…

UAV adding men’s basketball

UAV basketball

LANCASTER – University of Antelope Valley is starting an intercollegiate men’s basketball program, Athletics Director Jeff Bussell announced this week. UAV is recruiting players immediately, and the inaugural season is slated for winter 2015. “We are truly excited to add a premier sport like men’s basketball to our athletics program,” Bussell stated. “Basketball is rich…

Man hit, killed by car in Littlerock

(LUIS MEZA)

LITTLEROCK – A man standing in the road was hit and killed by a car Thursday evening in Littlerock, authorities said. The fatal collision occurred around 6:08 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, on Avenue T, just west of 85th Street East, according to a California Highway Patrol report. The pedestrian, described as a Hispanic male in…

Eastside board president celebrated for 19-year legacy

Janette Crawford is honored Dec. 8 with a certificate of appreciate from State Assemblyman Tom Lackey. (Contributed)

LANCASTER –Janette Crawford, school board president of Eastside Union School District in Lancaster, was recently honored for 19 years of service on the school board. “Janette is the type of leader any district would hope to find,” stated Eastside Union School District Superintendent Mark Marshall. “She always makes decisions with our students in mind and…

Check out this Lancaster home!

Holiday home 2014 Roxanne Williams 2

Thousands of lights, handmade wooden decorations and “snow” make this local home a must see this holiday season. The decorated home is located at 6136 Brentwood Avenue in Lancaster; the pictures were sent to us by homeowners Roxanne Williams and Keith Chisam. “A lot of people that come to see our decorations love that we…

Various holiday events on tap this Saturday

UAV's 'Caring for the Community' dinner service and toy distribution event (left); Palmdale's Christmas parade (top right); and Lancaster's 'A Magical BLVD Christmas' (bottom right) are all taking place this Saturday, Dec. 13.

LANCASTER – Various local holiday events are on tap this Saturday, Dec. 13, from an annual Christmas parade in Palmdale to a Magical BLVD Christmas in Lancaster. Here is a rundown of the family-friendly events, many of which are free and open to the community: UAV’s Caring for the Community. From 10 a.m. to 2…

Single Airmen get home-baked holiday goodies

Airman 1st Class Ardell Reams, 412th Force Support Squadron, shows off his bag of holiday cookies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rebecca Amber)

EDWARDS AFB – Like a well-oiled machine, the Edwards Officers’ Spouses Club packed around 3,600 cookies into decorated brown paper last week. The annual Airman’s Holiday Cookie Drive, sponsored by the First Sergeants Council, was a community effort to ensure that nearly 300 Airmen living in the dorms got a taste of home for the…

A walk for peace down Lancaster Blvd.

Rally organizer Seth Ferguson (far right) said he plans to hold the demonstration every week until local law enforcement officers are required to wear body cameras.

LANCASTER – Nearly two dozen local residents gathered in front of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station Sunday afternoon for a rally and walk against police brutality and racial bias. Titled “All Lives Matter! A Walk for Peace Down Lancaster Blvd.,” the event was organized in solidarity with protests sweeping across the nation after grand juries declined…

Double fatal traffic crash in Lancaster, witnesses sought

Both male drivers were killed upon impact. Their names have not yet been released pending next of kin notification. (LUIS MEZA)

LANCASTER – Two drivers were killed in a head-on collision Friday night in Lancaster, authorities said. The fatal traffic crash happened around 7:58 p.m. on Avenue K, near 90th Street East, according to Sgt. David Jennings of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station. “Preliminary information gathered at the scene indicates the driver of a white 2012 Toyota…

Motorcyclist killed in Lancaster traffic crash

Traffic was blocked off on Avenue K, from Elm Street to Lowes Drive, for about three hours to allow for the investigation. (LUIS MEZA)

LANCASTER – A motorcyclist was killed and his female passenger was injured Thursday night after the bike they were riding collided with a car in a Lancaster intersection, authorities said. The fatal crash happened around 10:25 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, on Gadsden Avenue at Avenue K, according to Sgt. David Jennings of the Lancaster Sheriff’s…

CHiPs for Kids Toy Drive increases goal

The hoped to collect 500 toys at Thursday's event to help in meeting the overall goal of collecting 6,000 toys by Dec. 22.

LANCASTER – California Highway Patrol officers and volunteers, Walgreens staff and BOB FM 103.9 representatives spent all day Thursday collecting donations for the local CHiPs for Kids Toy Drive. The group volunteered their time for the daylong event, which ran from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in front of the Walgreens on the corner of…

AVTA receives clean audit report

AVTA provides local, commuter and dial-a-ride service to a population of more than 450,000 residents in the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale as well as the unincorporated portions of northern Los Angeles County.

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) received a clean financial audit report for the 2014 fiscal year, the agency announced Wednesday. The accounting firm Windes,Inc. recently completed its annual audit of AVTA’s financial statements, including the Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards. The auditing firm reported there were no operational weaknesses detected for…

Give the gift of life this holiday season

Blood donor

LANCASTER – During the holiday season, blood donations often decline as people become busy with holiday preparations and travel. Yet the need for blood remains constant, which is why the Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) Blood Donor Center is encouraging local residents to give the gift of life this time of year. All of the blood…