T.O.P.S. hands out awards

March 24, 2015

Collectively, hundreds of pounds have been lost in recent years by a determined group that watches their weight while creating lasting friendships.

On Sunday at the Senior Center, the Lucerne Valley Chapter of T.O.P.S. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) awarded those who have lost the most pounds.

"Our group is special," said member Vicki McKenzie, who served as emcee of the event. "We have a lot of dedicated women who help one another. We're just a phone call away. We had some phenomenal women in our group who try very hard."


Sheriff's Blotter 03-25-15

March 24, 2015

Tuesday, March 17

1:14 a.m. Deputies were called to assist a crisis situation in the 9000 block of Mesa Road.

Monday, March 16

10:31 p.m. A drug-related arrest was made in the area of Highway 18 and El Dorado Drive.

7:41 A theft was reported in the 9000 block of Custer Avenue.

5:30 p.m. Disturbing the peace was reported in the 32000 block of Highway 18.

4:02 p.m. A vehicle was repossessed in the 7000 block of Trade Post Road.

3:17 p.m. A burglary was reported in the 10000 block of Lincoln Road.

Photo: East End Fire

March 24, 2015

Firefighters, right, walk around the remains of a house destroyed by a fire that broke out around noon on Thursday in a remote area of Lucerne Valley about a mile east of Santa Fe Road just off East End Road. The fire was fully involved when firefighters arrived. Two engines, a water tender and medic ambulance were on scene, according to a San Bernardino County Fire Department representative. The home appeared to be vacant, he said. Further investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of the fire. PETER DAY/THE LEADER


Lucerne Valley's Got Talent show

March 24, 2015

The styles were a diverse as the talent, but last Monday's "Lucerne Valley's Got Talent" event certainly showed a passion by all who participated.

The talent show was held in the Bryan L. Walker Gymnasium at Lucerne Valley High School.

The group consisting of Sara and Samantha Sullivan, Angelica Delgadillo, Jack Andrade and Hollie Lopez kicked off the event with "Uptown Funk."

Sydnee Fox sang a solo rendition of the Dixie Chicks' "Traveling Soldier."

Obituary: Robert Anson Clark, Jr.

March 24, 2015

Robert Anson Clark, Jr.

Aug. 5, 1936 - March 11, 2015

Robert Anson Clark, Jr., 78, of Arcola, passed away at 7:36 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, IL.

He was born August 5, 1936 in Los Angeles, eldest son of Robert A. and Agnes (Brown) Clark.

In his early years, he attended Midway School in Lucerne Valley and graduated from Victor Valley High School, where he was known for his enthusiasm in science and band.

Mr. Clark was an Aeronautics Test Engineer with the Boeing Company.

Recipe: Vanilla Coke Cake

March 24, 2015


This decadent cake is made with Vanilla Coke to give it a rich and incredibly moist texture. The complimenting frosting also includes Vanilla Coke to round out a perfectly fudgy, brownie-like cake that will have you going back for seconds...and maybe even thirds!



½ cup butter

½ cup vegetable oil

1 cup Vanilla Coke

2 cups sugar

2 cups flour

2 eggs

¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ cup buttermilk (or ½ cup milk and 1 teaspoon lemon juice)

Majority Rules holds 12th annual walkathon

March 17, 2015

Forty-five hearty participants and a handful of dedicated volunteers braved the cold morning light during last Saturday’s 12th annual Majority Rules Walkathon.

After the 10-mile event, down Rabbit Springs Road to Camp Rock Road, back and ending at Pioneer Park, the walkers, runners, support crews and others converged for a barbecue provided by the Lucerne Valley Roadrunners and a resource fair to reinforce healthy choices.

It was fabulous,” said Karol Thompson, adviser for Majority Rules.


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