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Praying for a place to call home

Every Sunday, someone brings in the hymnals and holy water, another brings the bread and wine, another carries in the crucifix - and Mass proceeds in the multipurpose room of Castaic's North Lake Hills Elementary.

February 28, 2009 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Faith / Religion


Molester sentenced, ordered to register as sex offender

A man who pleaded guilty to molesting a Placerita Junior High School student was sentenced to 60 days in jail and ordered to register as a sex offender, a prosecutor said Friday.

February 28, 2009 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Business park helps keep the shutters open

Bryan Buhtz thinks he found the perfect space for his Shutter World Inc. business.

February 28, 2009 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Local Business News


Good old-fashioned haircuts

An eclectic mix of framed old silver pistols and aged posters of James Dean, John Wayne, Clint Eastwood and American Indians hang in random order on the walls of the old barber shop.

February 28, 2009 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Ash Wednesday begins Lent

Soft voices and organ music reverberated throughout the steeple as hundreds of Ash Wednesday observers sang "Be merciful oh Lord, we have sinned" at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Newhall.

February 26, 2009 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Town Center reduces hours

Shoppers reacted with concern and understanding Tuesday when they learned the Westfield Valencia Town Center will cut daily shopping time by an hour to save retailers some expenses.

February 25, 2009 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


The local drive for urgent care

If the newly built Castaic medical center houses an urgent care center, Castaic resident Flo Lawrence is all for it.

February 25, 2009 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bad economy, fewer miles

If Newhall's Rosa Aviles could find a job, she would have driven to see her grandson in Alameda Monday instead of waiting for the bus at the Santa Clarita Transit McBean Transfer Station.

February 24, 2009 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


City hopes Armstrong will generate revenue

As Santa Clarita was only a starting point in this year's 2009 Amgen Tour of California - not a crowd-and-revenue-drawing ending point - the city's economic guru didn't expect it to top last year's take of $2 million for local businesses.

February 22, 2009 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Cycling through: 2009 Amgen Tour of California

Guillermo Galarza propped his young daughter, Natalia, up on his shoulders as she clutched a camera Saturday, waiting to get a quick shot of Lance Armstrong the moment he stepped off his Team Astana bus.

February 22, 2009 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Peace, love and roller coasters

Hundreds of students chowed on hot dogs and ice cream and tried to hold it down on Goliath's steep drop. There were no Bible lessons or prayers, but Young Life leaders hope events like Thursday's Six Flags Magic Mountain celebration will bring unity, relationships and God's love to students across the Santa Clarita Valley.

February 21, 2009 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Faith / Religion


Home sweet home business

For Angela Freeland, of Valencia, transforming an occasional hobby into a successful job opportunity has proved to be a truly sweet sensation.

February 20, 2009 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Local Business News


Family businesses thrive against the odds

Several local mom-and-pop business owners say personal care and competitive prices attract a loyal client base and keep business stable or even booming for some shops.

February 19, 2009 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


More home foreclosures predicted

Homeowners should brace for another wave of foreclosures this spring, said The Master's College political studies professor John Stead.

February 18, 2009 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Stressed about schools

Foreclosures and job losses are causing high levels of stress for students who fear getting yanked out of their schools because of their families' economic situation.

February 16, 2009 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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