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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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UPDATE: Election month starts today

June 3 primary mail-in ballots began wending their way to voters Monday as county and state officials gear up for what one California official calls "election month."

May 05, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Santa Clarita: Billboard petitions have sufficient signatures

After estimating the number of signatures on 15 of 28 boxes of billboard petitions turned in at City Hall today, Santa Clarita city officials declared a minimim number of signatures had been collected to send the issue up to the next level: verification of those signatures by Los Angeles County officials.

May 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia Water Company Announces Personal Drought Report for Residential Customers

VALENCIA, Calif. (May 5, 2014) – Valencia Water Company customers will soon receive a "personal drought report" that specifies exactly how much water they need to save this year to meet Governor Brown's call to save 20 percent during the state's unprecedented drought.

May 05, 2014 | Source: Valencia Water Company | Santa Clarita Valley News


Joint session on tap to talk city budget

Santa Clarita City Council members and city commissioners will meet Tuesday for a joint study session to discuss the state of the city's budget.

May 05, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Taste of the Town returns to Valencia

Santa Clarita is 'sweet' according to thousands who attended the 26th annual Taste of the Town event in Valencia Sunday.

May 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Wings for Life World Run draws hundreds to Santa Clarita

In the dead of the night, more than 1,100 runners gathered at Westfield Valencia Town Center to compete in an event embraced simultaneously by runners in 35 cities around the world, all to raise money for research into spinal cord injury.

May 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deadline for billboard referendum is Monday

After a month of signature-gathering, blocking and more than a few arrests, Monday marks the deadline that a billboard referendum petition must be turned in to the Santa Clarita City Clerk's office.

May 04, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Pavley bill would provide overdose ‘antidote’ to first responders

A bill from a Santa Clarita Valley legislator that would ensure emergency responders have access to an "antidote" that can help reverse some of the effects of heroin and prescription pill overdoses is currently making its way through the state Senate.

May 04, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Problems could arise with concurrent elections, official says

In a bid to avoid a lawsuit and increase voter involvement, Santa Clarita has agreed to change its city elections to November starting in 2016. But the change could cause additional wrinkles in the voting process, according to a county elections official.

May 04, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Val Verde residents explore, add to treasures of the times

Val Verde residents and other community members can explore artifacts on display from a time capsule buried in 1939 as the cornerstone of the Val Verde swimming pool, which was unearthed in 1994.

May 03, 2014 | Photos by Dan Watson Signal Photo Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Culture, dance center stage at Cinco de Mayo event in Newhall

Dance, music, tradition and celebration brightened up the streets of Old Town Newhall at the annual Cinco de Mayo event, "A Celebration of Latino Culture," presented by the Latino Chamber of Commerce on Saturday.

May 03, 2014 | Photos by Dan Watson Signal Photo Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Signal takes home collection of CNPA awards

Signal Multimedia took home four awards, including top honors for enterprise reporting and feature photography, in an annual competition, the California Newspaper Publishers Association announced Saturday.

May 03, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Author visits SCV shopping center

Author Gregory Orfalea will be discussing his book "Journey to the Sun: Junipero Serra's Dream and the Founding of California" on Saturday, May 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

May 02, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita officials stick with Monday deadline for billboard referendum petitions

After some uncertainty Friday, Santa Clarita city officials announced the billboard referendum petition must be turned in to the Santa Clarita City Clerk by 5:30 p.m. Monday.

May 02, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


KB Home plans 278 more homes in Santa Clarita

Builder KB Home is preparing to build 278 new homes in the Plum Canyon area of the Santa Clarita Valley, an executive with the company said Friday.

May 02, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


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