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Community group announces call to action to end local violence

TCAL co-founder Pharaoh Mitchell speaks at a press conference Jan. 29 outside the Antelope Valley Courthouse to address violence in the community. (Photo by Jim E. Winburn)

LANCASTER – The Community Action League held a press conference at the Antelope Valley Courthouse Thursday to recruit local participation in the fight against violence. TCAL co-founder V. Jesse Smith told the handful of people gathered outside the courthouse that members of the community must add to the solutions to stop senseless acts of violence…

AVTA launches real-time bus tracking

With a few taps on a smart phone, customers with the myStop application will be able to check when the next bus will depart from any stop in the transit system. Customers can also go to track-it.avta.com, where a computerized map will show the current position of each bus, tracked by GPS.

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority is now offering Track-it, a state-of-the-art system that provides passengers with real-time bus location information, officials announced Thursday. The $2.4 million system monitors AVTA’s fleet of local and commuter buses via a Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) tracking system, giving passengers 24-hour access to bus departure information on their…

Lancaster officials introduce Administrative Citation Program

Lancaster city hall

LANCASTER – City Council members Tuesday night voted 4-0, with Mayor R. Rex Parris absent, to introduce a program they say would counter the criminal impact on local communities due to recent state laws. To discourage people from committing crimes such as shoplifting, theft, buying or receiving stolen property, unlawful dumping, vandalism, and other nonviolent…

Hospital auxiliary donates $100k for medical equipment

AVH Auxiliary board members: (back row left to right) Harriet Lee, president; Judy Vaughn, treasurer; Marsha Pedersen, recording secretary; (front row left to right) Donna Sweikow, 1st vice president; Pearl Bogard, 2nd vice president; Mary Overton, parliamentarian; and Bobbie Patton, corresponding secretary. (contributed)

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) Auxiliary, which is made up of more than 500 adult and teen volunteers, recently donated $100,000. The funds were used to purchase much-needed medical equipment, including ten AccuVein Illuminators and a pulmonary function test booth. The vein illuminators, which allow medical personnel to easily identify veins, are especially…

Woman dead after trailer fire

The trailer burned down early Tuesday on the 46400 block of 172nd Street East in Lake Los Angeles, authorities said. (Photo JOHN MEZA)

LAKE LOS ANGELES – A mother found the remains of her 41-year-old daughter after a trailer fire in Lake Los Angeles early Tuesday morning, family members said. The fire was reported around 2:12 a.m. in the 46400 block of 172nd Street East, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department supervising dispatcher Robert Diaz. Diaz said…

R.E.A.D. at AVC returns Feb. 21

READ AVC

LANCASTER – Antelope Valley College’s spring session of “R.E.A.D! (Read, Educate, Activate, Discover) @ AVC” kicks off Saturday, Feb. 21, with the addition of a new class for older students. Saturdays (Feb. 21 through May 6), librarians from AVC will encourage children to disconnect from TV and electronic games to discover the wonderful and magical…

AVTA promotes public transportation summit for students

(Image courtesy American Public Transportation Association.)

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) is promoting an exciting opportunity for local high school students to learn more about careers in public transportation. The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is seeking a diverse group of 50 students from across the nation to participate in the 2015 APTA Youth Summit, to be held…

AVTA executive director announces retirement

Julie Austin annouces retirement AVTA 1

LANCASTER – After a more than 30-year career in the public transit industry, Antelope Valley Transit Authority Executive Director Julie Austin has announced her retirement. She will leave the agency in early April of this year. Austin joined AVTA as interim executive director on December 6, 2010, and was permanently appointed to the position on…

Elderly man hit, killed crossing street in Lancaster

William Morice Bell Jr. was not crossing in a crosswalk when he was struck. (LUIS MEZA)

LANCASTER – A 72-year-old man on a motorized mobility scooter was struck and killed by a car as he attempted to cross the street in Lancaster Tuesday evening, authorities. William Morice Bell Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office. The collision occurred around 6:33 p.m. Tuesday, Jan.…

‘Battle of the Badges’ blood drive coming up

AMR Battle of Badges

LANCASTER – Calling all badge carrying personnel and supporters! The American Red Cross would like you to come out and donate blood at the annual “Battle of the Badges” blood drive. Hosted locally by American Medical Response, the Battle of the Badges blood drive will take place from 7 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. Monday, Jan.…

Lancaster man killed in motorcycle crash

Roderick McConnell

ROSAMOND – A 45-year-old Lancaster man died Sunday evening after he lost control of his motorcycle and was thrown onto the roadway, authorities said. Roderick McConnell was pronounced dead at the scene of the single-vehicle collision, which occurred around 5:50 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, on Sierra Highway, just south of Avenue A, according to a…

Air show anticipates performance of USAF Thunderbirds

USAF Thunderbird advance pilot Maj. Scott S. Petz addresses aviation enthusiasts at the 2015 Los Angeles County Air Show press conference. (Jim E. Winburn)

LANCASTER – Representatives of the Los Angeles County Air Show held a press conference at Fox Airfield Friday morning to announce that the USAF Thunderbirds will headline the 2015 Los Angeles County Air Show March 21-22. Performing several flybys in a Lockheed Martin F-16D Fighting Falcon, USAF Thunderbird advance pilot Maj. Scott S. Petz completed…

UAV welcomes new men’s basketball head coach

Brad Rogers

LANCASTER – University of Antelope Valley this week announced the hiring of Brad Rogers as the first men’s basketball head coach at the university. Rogers comes to the Pioneers after spending the last three years working as the assistant men’s basketball coach and assistant athletic director at Arizona Christian University (ACU). Rogers was instrumental in…

Countdown to AV Fair Bridal Show 2015

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LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Fairgrounds is gearing up for its 11th Annual Bridal Show. The event, which caters to couples looking to tie the knot, will take place from noon to 5 p.m. this Sunday, Jan. 11, at the Fairgrounds, located at 2551 West Avenue H in Lancaster. Admission is free and parking is…

L.A. County Fire hiring firefighters

Hiring firefighters

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Fire Department has posted its Firefighter Trainee examination bulletin on its website. Applications will be accepted during a two-day period, from 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21 to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23. To view the examination bulletin and find additional information, including Frequently Asked Questions and the Firefighter…