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McGrath surprised, honored by school's name

The closely guarded secret was revealed at Superintendent J. Michael McGrath's retirement dinner, taking even his secretary by surprise:

The next school built in the Newhall School District would be named in McGrath's honor.

August 10, 2008 | By Sharon Cotal Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Highlands math whiz earns perfect score

Most sixth graders don't even pass the Math Honors Test given each year by the Saugus Union School District, and only one student in the 12 year history of the test has earned a perfect score.

August 10, 2008 | By Sharon Cotal Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Memorial gardens raise money for the troops

Two boys from Santa Clarita died in Iraq.

On Sunday, their service and the service paid by scores of other local military heroes to our country was honored, not with a gun salute or a parade down Main Street, but with a simple invitation to stroll through gardens of flowers and a simple message - remember those who serve.

August 10, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man caught with coke, marijuana on Highway 14

A Lancaster man was arrested in Canyon Country after authorities found more than six grams of rock cocaine, less than one gram of marijuana and nearly $3,000 in cash in his vehicle during a traffic stop, an official said Monday.

August 10, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Italian Feast satisfies

One does not need to fly East to please the palate with the taste an Italian feast. For those living in the Santa Clarita Valley, one only has to travel to Westfield's Valencia Town Center, where the sights and sounds of Italy came to life Saturday with an entire day of food, music and play.

For the second straight year, Frankie Competelli - owner of Hollywood's Frankie's on Melrose - brought the Italian-American experience to life through The Feast of the Blessed Mother Mary.

August 09, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Video team nabs dual awards

The video program at West Ranch High School continued its award-winning work this spring, bringing home honors from state and national competitions.

At the 42nd annual California Media Festival, the WRTV daily broadcast was named the Best Student Produced Television Show in the state of California. "The Coffin," a short film by Tyler Sellars and Josh Chocooj, was named Most Creative Video and "Cruel Melody," a music video by Aaron LaRue and Jordan Paterson, won Best Cinematography at the festival.

August 09, 2008 | By Sharon Cotal Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


History given life

Some 30 young children and teenagers swimming in a community pool at Soledad Canyon's Thousand Trails in Acton were surprised Saturday when a cannon was fired.

Thankfully, the cannon was not real. Instead, the fake piece of artillery was used to take about 300 onlookers back in time to the 1860s, when America was engulfed in the Civil War.

August 09, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


French fry grease turned into fuel

A lot of people complain about the skyrocketing price of gasoline, but a West Ranch High School chemistry teacher, with the help of his students, decided to do something about it.

After gathering used vegetable oil from a local Burger King, teacher Benjamin Scott taught his students how to turn the leftover french fry grease into biodiesel fuel.

August 09, 2008 | By Sharon Cotal Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


As gas goes up, so does SCV bus ridership

As the week rounded out with average gas prices reaching $4.40 per gallon, city bus ridership is now at an all-time high, according to a Santa Clarita Transit official.

"People need public transportation now more than ever," said Transit Manager Jeff O'Keefe. "Clearly the rising fuel prices have had an effect on ridership."

August 09, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man arrested after hitting dog with shovel

A Saugus man was arrested Saturday morning after a neighbor saw him beating his Pit Bull Terrier repeatedly with a shovel, officials said.

According to Lt. Tom Bryski of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station, Matthew Lantzy, 30, was taken into custody after his neighbor called the station to report that Lantzy used a shovel to beat the head of his dog.

August 09, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Teacher garners $10,000 grant for alternate energy

A local teacher has also been awarded a $10,000 A+ for Energy grant from BP America.

Wendy Shaner, a special education teacher at Canyon Springs Elementary School, received a grant for a project she developed called Nature's Energy at Work. The project will give students the opportunity to learn about solar, thermal and biomass energy through the creation and maintenance of a solar greenhouse, outdoor solar garden, solar water farm and biomass compost station.

August 09, 2008 | Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Three-acre fire slows I-5 traffic

A 3-acre grass fire erupted Saturday morning just off the right hillside shoulder of northbound Interstate 5 at the 2,000-foot level. Fire crews fought the Turn Incident, which burned along the rugged, mountainous gap between northbound and southbound lanes of I-5 approximately 2 miles north of Lake Hughes Road in Castaic, for nearly one hour.

According to Batallion 6 Fire Chief Michael Flocks, the fire started just before 11 a.m. Saturday. About 80 county firefighters and crew members assisted in dousing the blaze.

August 09, 2008 | Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newhall Land owner files for bankruptcy

LandSource Communities Development, LLC, owner of Newhall Land, Sunday filed a voluntary petition for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware in Wilmington.

As a LandSource subsidiary, Valencia-based Newhall Land is included in the filing.

August 09, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: Dodgers win on SCV Dodger Day

Saturday was SCV Dodger Day at Dodger Stadium, as the team played an afternoon game, the third in a series of four games with the visiting Chicago Cubs.

August 09, 2008 | By Stephen K. Peeples Signal Online Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


First class completes 'looping' program

A group of eighth graders at Rio Norte Junior High just completed a two-year experiment involving an educational concept called "looping."

Simply put, looping is the practice of allowing a classroom teacher to "promote" with his or her class of students to the next grade, so that a team of students stays with the same teacher for both seventh and eighth grades.

August 08, 2008 | By Sharon Cotal Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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State lawmakers reach deal on film tax credit

California lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday they have reached a deal that would offer $330 million a year in tax credits for Hollywood film productions over five years.

August 27, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


CORRECTION: Man charged with sex acts with a Santa Clarita minor

After allegedly arranging to meet a teen in Santa Clarita for sex, a 44-year-old Anaheim man was instead greeted by Special Victims Bureau investigators, who arrested him on suspicion of having an illegal yearlong relationship with the alleged victim, an investigator said Wednesday.

August 27, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Walk-on coach at West Ranch arrested on DUI charge

A 45-year-old "walk-on" soccer coach at West Ranch High School was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, Hart district officials confirmed Wednesday.

August 27, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV deputies seek help in identifying woman

On August 17, 2014, deputies assigned to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station responded to a residence located within the unincorporated area of Santa Clarita (Westridge / Valencia). The victim reported she was contacted by her credit card company regarding a suspicious transaction. Deputies began the investigation and contacted station detectives.

August 27, 2014 | Source: Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two local hotels sold to undisclosed buyer

Two Santa Clarita hotels, Holiday Inn Express and the Best Western sitting side-by-side off the I-5 freeway at Magic Mountain Parkway, have been sold for $21 million.

August 27, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Community college system outlines goals for student success

California community college system officials outlined lofty goals Wednesday to markedly increase the number of students who successfully complete a community college program.

August 27, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


COC student takes home $7,500 Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship Award

College of the Canyons graduate Jessie Warme has been named a recipient of the 2014 Phi Theta Kappa Hites Transfer Scholarship, joining a select group of just 10 community college students from across the nation to receive this prestigious award.

August 27, 2014 | Source: College of the Canyons | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country man pleads to lesser charge in 2013 Newhall stabbing

A 20-year-old gang member from Canyon Country who was charged with attempted murder for stabbing a man in 2013 has pleaded no contest to a lesser charge and sentenced to seven years in prison, a prosecution spokesman said Wednesday.

August 27, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita council members choose continuity for city commissions

Continuity was the name of the game this week as Santa Clarita City Council members largely elected to appoint familiar faces to sit on a selection of city commissions.

August 27, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Saugus butterfly sculpture to return in September

After being hit by a car on Bouquet Canyon Road, the Saugus butterfly sculpture - the object of both criticism and admiration - is due to make a triumphant return in September, according to a Santa Clarita city official.

August 27, 2014 | By Alexa Ferrante For The Signal | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita to host public meetings on manufactured home park rent

The City of Santa Clarita will host three public comment meetings to discuss draft updates to Santa Clarita Municipal Code 6.02, which pertains to Manufactured Home Park Rent Adjustment Procedures. The meetings are open to all mobile home park residents, park owners, park managers, and the general public. Meetings will be hosted by City staff on September 2, 3 and 4, 2014 at convenient locations around Santa Clarita.

August 27, 2014 | Source: City of Santa Clarita | Santa Clarita Valley News


Saugus wins 5th annual SCV Burrito Bowl

Ahead of the upcoming SCV high school football season, Saugus nabbed a victory - by winning the 5th annual SCV Burrito Bowl.

August 27, 2014 | By Dan Watson Signal Photo Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


City approves lighting contract for Newhall

Santa Clarita City Council members voted Tuesday night to once again deck Newhall come holiday time.

August 27, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newhall County Water District launches drought education plan

August 26, 2014 (Newhall, Calif.) – This week, Newhall County Water District's 10,000 customers can expect to receive resources on California's drought directly in their homes and mailboxes. Following the adoption of its own Drought Action Plan, District officials are taking extensive education measures to ensure residents are aware of how they can help during this historic drought.

August 26, 2014 | Source: Newhall County Water District | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia man convicted in FBI case loses bid to have verdict overturned

A Santa Clarita Valley man and former Sheriff's Department lieutenant asked for a new trial this week in his conviction on obstruction of justice charges, but a federal judge denied his request, a U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman said Tuesday.

August 26, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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