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Local toddler to be featured in Times Square video!

This photograph, taken at the Poppy Reserve in early May, was chosen from more than 2,000 photographs for a video to be screened this Saturday, Sept. 20 in New York City's Times Square. The video will promote the achievements and acceptance of those with Down syndrome. (Contributed)

LANCASTER – Two-year-old Jordyn has a smile that brings joy to nearly everyone she meets, according to her mom, Crysteena Paez. “We take her everywhere and she waves and smiles at everyone she sees. Sometimes we get stopped by people who tell us that she just made their day by smiling and waving at them,”…

AVTA expands its commuter service

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LANCASTER – The commute into the Los Angeles basin will soon be more convenient thanks to the Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA), which is planning to increase its commuter service. AVTA intends to add another roundtrip on two of its three commuter routes starting October 6 in an effort to accommodate the growing demand for additional…

Domestic violence prevention workshop in Lancaster this Saturday

Domestic Violence

LANCASTER – A domestic violence education and prevention workshop, titled “Pain No More,” will take place in Lancaster this Saturday, Sept. 20. The free event is scheduled for  11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 43145 Business Center Parkway (next to Charter College). The workshop is being presented by New Life Community Church of the Antelope Valley. “We…

AV Hospital, union officials to host events addressing layoffs

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LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Hospital officials are hosting information sessions for employees, volunteers, physicians and members of the community this Friday to address the health care facility’s recently announced layoffs. The hospital’s outside public relations firm, Kevin/Ross Public Relations, confirmed that Antelope Valley Hospital CEO Dennis M. Knox will hold an informational meeting Friday to…

JetHawks claim Cal League title

Jethawks champs

LANCASTER – The JetHawks captured the 2014 California League championship with a 10-2 win over the Visalia Rawhide in Game 5 on Monday night at The Hangar. The victory marks the second title in the franchise’s 19-year history and the first since the team’s first crown in 2012. Tyler Brunnemann (1-1) earned the victory with…

‘Three Feet for Safety Act’ takes effect Tuesday

Three Feet for Safety Act

On Tuesday, Sept. 16, the “Three Feet for Safety Act” goes into effect. The new California law aims to keep cyclists safe by requiring motorists to stay at least three feet away when passing a bicycle that is proceeding in the same direction. “If the driver of a motor vehicle is unable to comply ……

New UAV men’s soccer team poised for success

The new UAV men's soccer team is made up mostly of freshmen, who will all have the opportunity to get collegiate level playing time, according to Head Coach Jarrod Cline. (Contributed photo)

LANCASTER – With the addition of men’s soccer this fall, the University of Antelope Valley’s Athletic Department has taken another step toward the goal of earning recognition as a competitive athletic program. The soccer team’s inaugural season kicked off Sept. 5 with an opener against Vanguard University of Costa Mesa, CA. “It has been a…

Countdown to Hot 100 Car Show!

Hot 100 car show

LANCASTER, CA – The Children’s Center of the Antelope Valley is gearing up to present its “Hot 100” car show with a growing line up of eye-catching cars for a great cause. The car show will feature beautifully restored and maintained classic or vintage cars – otherwise known as ‘eye candy for car enthusiasts’!   Entrants…

AVTA honored for financial accounting

AVTA Financial Accounty Award

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) has been honored with the highest form of recognition for its financial accounting. AVTA’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the 2013 fiscal year received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The award was presented by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). “We are…

Countdown to Pagan Pride Day 2014!

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QUARTZ HILL – Heathens, Druids, Wiccans and Witches will meet at a local park on Sept. 27 to celebrate Pagan Pride Day and the Fall Equinox. The Antelope Valley’s Annual Pagan Pride Day Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27, at George Lane Park, located at 5520 West Avenue…

GraceFest AV returns this weekend

GraceFest AV draws thousands of attendees each year. [File photo]

PALMDALE – The 7th annual GraceFest AV returns this Friday and Saturday to the Palmdale Amphitheater. GraceFest is a family event featuring national and local Christian artists, merchants, vendors, kid’s games, a youth performance stage, concessionaires, interactive arts, speakers, three performance stages and much more. Friday, Sept. 12 presents the return of the Prayer Rally,…

Community Academy XXXI starts Sept. 16

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The Palmdale and Lancaster Sheriff’s Stations are in the process of selecting 50 interested residents from the station areas to participate in the Antelope Valley’s 31st Community Academy. The purpose of the Academy is to build a better understanding between the community and the Sheriff’s Department through education. Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings…

West Nile virus at highest level ever in mosquitoes

WNV AV Birds

SACRAMENTO – The state’s public health director is reminding Californians to remain vigilant against the threat of West Nile virus. “The proportion of mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus is at the highest level ever detected in California,” said Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state health officer.…

20th annual Fall Job Fair set for Sept. 10

AVC Job fair

LANCASTER – Job seekers are encouraged to attend the Antelope Valley’s largest job fair, which takes place next week at Antelope Valley College’s Lancaster campus. The event is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10 in the Library Plaza, located at 3041 West Avenue K. There will be free parking on campus that day, officials…

Miss Antelope Valley aims to inspire young people

Miss Av 2014 profile

EDWARDS AFB – Desert Jr.-Sr. High School Class of 2014 graduate Emily Booth hopes to use her platform as Miss Antelope Valley to encourage children to follow their dreams. Booth participated in her first pageant when she was 11 years old, and after three years, she finally won the title Junior Miss California City. “I had no…