This is the first time in two years I'll be spending the Fourth of July back in the Santa Clarita Valley. Two years ago, I was in Clearwater, Fla., and last year I was on Whidbey Island, Wash.
As a parent of a Valencia High School student, I am extremely concerned about the possibility of further delays in construction of the new high school in Castaic. Even though my child would not attend there, the lack of a high school to serve the Castaic community affects those who attend other schools - and these impacts will become more significant as time passes and our valley's student population experiences inevitable growth.
Before becoming a pastor, I worked as a training officer for a large bank in the Northwest. One of my projects was to develop a program for training branch employees in different states in the area of internal controls.
To dogs, cats and other animals, the Fourth of July might seem more like World War III than a summertime celebration.
I take great exception to Tim Myers' comments ("What do high school rankings really mean?" June 27) regarding The Signal's article and my comments about Hart and Valencia high schools making Newsweek's list of America's Best High Schools.
On the eve of America's 234th birthday, President Barack Obama met with the Hispanic Caucus then addressed the American people on the subject of illegal immigration.
Today, some 25,000 people will line the streets of Newhall for our community's 78th Independence Day parade - a red, white and blue cavalcade of about 3,000 participants that has been held since 1932.
Welcome to The-Signal.com's "2day in the SCV," a compendium of today's events and a quick journey through the past, present and future.
An open letter to Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita:
This column originally appeared in July 2004
Like fine wines, the eight members on the board of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital's Guild each have their own unique qualities.
All births below were recorded at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia, unless otherwise noted. Parents can submit jpeg photos and announcement information to Lifestyle@the-signal.com - subject line: BIRTH.
Santa Clarita Valley Troop 6562: Katie Tamura, Lexie Brown, Nicole Stephani, Brooke Axton and Jacqueline Watson. The Girl Scouts of Troop 6562 recently volunteered to help break down the weekly Arlington West memorial during sunset.
Air Force Airman Roberto E. Flores graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
Air Force Airman Joseph T. Real graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
Hart girls swim has put decades-long locks on the Foothill League and has dominated its rivalry with Valencia.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The title character of "Jessie" heads in an unprecedented direction for a Disney Channel series: toward the altar.
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MOKPO, South Korea (AP) - Koo Bon-hee could see the exit. For half an hour, as the doomed ferry filled with water and listed severely on its side, the crew told passengers to wait for rescuers.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Advocates for the gray wolf in California will have to wait 90 days before learning if the animal will be listed as endangered, a state board decided Wednesday. Ranchers and state wildlife officials oppose granting the species legal protections.
BOSTON (AP) - Police stepped up patrols near the Boston Marathon finish line after a masked man walked in the street with a rice cooker in his backpack only hours after the city marked the anniversary of last year's deadly bombing.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Even after every momentum swing, dramatic hit and terrible relief performance in an 11-inning game, the Oakland Athletics still were unshakably confident somebody would pull them through.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hector Sanchez had his wife and young daughter waiting in the parking lot. He had to do something to end the game.
BEIJING (AP) - Since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, some lawyers have claimed they can get several millions of dollars in damages for each lost passenger by taking the cases to the United States. But past lawsuits show U.S. federal courts are more likely to throw such cases out if the crashes happened overseas.
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) - At least one prospective juror in New Jersey could take a bite out of crime.
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - They're called leggings - popular fashion items that are tight-fitting pants to some, and glorified tights to others.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Anxious students - not to mention their parents - can get a heads-up for how the redesigned SAT might look in two years.
BOSTON (AP) - A federal judge has blocked Massachusetts from banning the powerful new painkiller Zohydro.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Two parolees raped and killed at least four women while wearing GPS trackers, and there may be more victims, a California police chief alleged Monday.
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - Under a canopy of trees on the edge of a large field, soldiers from Bravo Battery are lying in a circle as they pore over targeting charts. Nearby, others are preparing the howitzer cannons as helicopters swoop overhead. At the edge of the circle, the platoon leader watches as the field artillerymen go through their training exercise.