Hometown Mission: Two dozen youth give back

February 24, 2015

Senior Reporter

For three days, 24 local teens gave back to the community.

Organized by Lucerne Valley Community Church, the youth participated in the Weekend of Service. In years past, the church has taken the weekend missionaries to other locations, but this year they decided to make a difference at home.

And there was lots to be done.

Recipes: Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

February 24, 2015

Prep time

10 mins

Cook time

4 hours

Total time

4 hours 10 mins


I made this slow cooker honey sesame chicken last night and it was all kinds of amaze. Packed with flavor, fairly easy to make, and enough sauce to cover a bed of rice, it was the perfect Asian meal to satisfy our bellies. We love Asian food in our home and when I nail a perfectly balanced sweet and salty recipe, we all sing my praises.


• 2½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breast

• 1 cup honey

• ½ cup low-sodium soy sauce

191 neglected dogs discovered at Lucerne Valley residence

February 17, 2015

From Staff and Wire Reports

LUCERNE VALLEY • Acting on a tip, county animal control officers discovered 191 abandoned dogs at a Lucerne Valley residence on Feb. 6, according to the Humane Society.

Investigators found 191 dogs, some of them puppies, stacked on top of each other in small kennels and fenced in enclosures. The wide variety of dogs show signs of severe neglect and were taken to the Devore Animal Shelter, where they are being cared for at this time, according to a Humane Society news release issued Tuesday.

School enrollment on the rise

February 17, 2015

Students aren’t coming in droves, but the steady trickle of new enrollment has put smiles on the faces of Lucerne Valley Unified School District officials.

School board president Jim Harvey announced the encouraging news during last Wednesday’s monthly meeting of the governing board at Lucerne Valley Elementary School.

“We’re up by 10 since last month,” Harvey said. “We’re at 738 now. That’s actually six consecutive months of enrollment growth.”

According to Billy Wessell, the district’s chief business official, the district is above the budgeted figure of 726.

A Weekend of Service: Local youth pickup trash, get rid of graffiti and help the needy

February 17, 2015

This weekend 24 teens were out in the community picking up trash, painting over graffiti, cleaning the Water Wise Garden at the Senior Center and helping the elderly with spring cleaning.

These young people were part of the Lucerne Valley Community Church’s “Weekend of Service.” According to event director Linda Riddle, the purpose of the weekend was to teach the teens the importance of serving and respecting your community. 

Film production crew to help spread the merits of Lucerne Valley

February 17, 2015


To many who live here, Lucerne Valley is a special place, and film producers T Smith III and Hugo Pallete are determined to share the message through video.

The two have been hired by the Lucerne Valley Unified School District to use their production expertise to create two videos. One will be a snappy 30-second production to be shown in area movie theaters and on social media sites. The centerpiece product, however, will be a longer video featuring the music of John “Cougar” Mellencamp’s classic song, “Small Town.”


What's Happening - February 18, 2015

February 17, 2015

Wessell to make presentation at LVEDA

Billy Wessell, chief business official of the Lucerne Valley Unified School District, will present an update on the LCAP (Local Control and Accountability Plan) at the Tuesday, March 3 meeting of the Lucerne Valley Economic Development Association. The District wants to involve the community and seek input from us. This is very important for us to know what it is all about.


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