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December 8, 2023

Community events spread holiday cheer to Soledad, Gonzales

Hundreds of families got into the holiday spirit last weekend at several community events in Gonzales and Soledad. On Saturday, La Gloria Elementary School in Gonzales hosted its annual Holiday Bazaar fundraiser with handmade crafts by local artisans, special performances and more, and the City...

$100K grant benefits Monterey County’s first Family Justice Center

MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey County District Attorney’s Office has received a $100,000 grant for Monterey County’s first Family Justice Center, Holding on to Hope, which will be located in King City at 250 Franciscan Way.  Monterey County District Attorney Jeannine Pacioni announced Dec. 4 that...

Soledad Police Department awarded $55K grant to deter unsafe road behaviors

SOLEDAD — Soledad Police Department will increase patrols throughout the community and provide other traffic safety programs to help reduce the number of serious injuries and deaths on roads, thanks to a $55,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). “This grant funding...

Hartnell College to offer new bachelor’s degree in respiratory care

SALINAS — Beginning in spring 2025, students can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care, a significant milestone in Hartnell College’s 103-year history and a first in Monterey County.  This program aims to expand on the college’s successful two-year associate degree program, providing students...

Cross Country | South Monterey County runners compete at State

SALINAS VALLEY — Giovanni Ochoa of Gonzales and Fabian Serrano of Greenfield ran against the best runners in the State of California at last Saturday’s California Interscholastic Federation Cross Country Championships in Fresno. Ochoa was making a return trip to the State Meet and finished...

Mee Memorial Healthcare System chosen to participate in Rural Healthcare Provider Transition Project

SALINAS VALLEY — Mee Memorial Healthcare System, based in King City, has been selected to participate in the Rural Healthcare Provider Transition Project (RHPTP), which is designed to help strengthen the foundations of small rural hospitals and certified rural health clinics in the key elements...

Winter Reading Program begins at Monterey County Free Libraries

MONTEREY COUNTY — As the community heads into the heart of the winter months, Monterey County Free Libraries (MCFL) knows that it is the perfect time to snuggle up with a good book and read. To help readers get their snuggle on, MCFL invites library...

Soledad’s first Step-Up Mentoring class graduates

SOLEDAD — Partners For Peace recently celebrated the graduation of 27 Soledad seventh and eighth graders for its inaugural Step-Up Mentoring class at the Soledad Community Center. The Step-Up Mentoring program, held weekly from May to October 2023, made a profound impact on Soledad’s youth,...

Youth baseball players attend camp in Gonzales

GONZALES — The South County Titans Youth Baseball Program hosted the Turkey Break Youth Baseball Camp on Nov. 20-22 at Art Brusa Park in Gonzales. Youth from ages 6-12 worked on speed and agility, throwing and hitting, and fielding under the guidance of Titans Coach...

Monterey County Sheriff’s Office announces promotions

MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey County Sheriff Tina Nieto has announced the promotions of Commander Jason Smith to the rank of chief deputy and Sgt. Veronica Olguin to the rank of commander effective Nov. 18. “I spoke with both this morning about the expectation of leadership...

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Greenfield man gets 20 years in prison for forcible rape

GREENFIELD — A Monterey County judge sentenced Greenfield resident Adrian Rojas Sebastian on Nov. 28 to 20 years in prison for committing three counts...