Group seeks to change elementary school name to honor Julia Bell

August 20, 2014

Bell was a beloved teacher, principal and volunteer

Senior Reporter

LUCERNE VALLEY • Four longtime residents made an emotional plea during last Wednesday’s school board meeting to change the name of the local elementary school in honor of the late Julia Bell.

Roadrunners Jo Richards, Pam Hart, along with Hart’s husband Woody and Jerry Byars, proposed renaming Lucerne Valley Elementary School to Julia Bell Elementary School.

“I would like to see her name go on the elementary school,” said Richards, “Julia made life better for all of us.”

‘It’s a Gas’ ... to start school

August 20, 2014

Victorville Motors and 106.5 The Fox FM Radio were on hand at Lucerne Valley High School on Monday to help kick off the school year. LVHS junior Amanda Mathew, center, shared her experience winning a Dodge Dart during last year’s “It’s A Gas To Go To Class” event for high-schoolers with perfect attendance. Joining Amanda are, from left, Tina Salazar and Amanda Shaffer from Victorville Motors and Patrick Patton and Danny Garcia of 106.5 FM. Peter Day / The Leader

Jessie J. Jones completes Marine Corps training

August 20, 2014

Above: Jessie J. Jones

Jessie J. Jones has completed his training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego and Camp Pendleton to conclude the training.

Jones has been awarded the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor, the most cherished of emblems and now is called a United States Marine. He is currently stationed in North Carolina for further training in electrical.

Jones grew up in Lucerne Valley and is a 2013 graduate of Lucerne Valley High School.

School board this 'n' that

August 20, 2014

There’s lots to report out of last Wednesday’s school board meeting. The presentation by Jo Richards to change the name of the elementary school to Julia Bell Elementary took center stage (see page 1), but there were lots of other tidbits:
Larry Mayer of the Lucerne Valley CERT (Community Emergency Response Training) made a presentation on “Teen CERT,” a FEMA-sponsored program that teaches teenagers how to respond to an emergency. Mayer, a retired firefighter, said the 20-to-24-hour program is paid for by FEMA, the county and state.

Sheriff's Blotter 08-20-14

August 20, 2014

Tuesday, Aug. 12
8:16 p.m. - A drug-related arrest was made in the area of Baker Road and Pitzer Buttes Road.
2:30 p.m. - A Custer Avenue resident reported a petty theft.
1:17 p.m. - An arrest was made in the 30000 block of Morningside Street.
10:11 a.m. - A joyriding incident was reported in the 10000 block of Dallas Avenue.
12:20 a.m. - A drug-related arrest was made in the area of High Road and Barnes Road.

Weekly booking logs: August 20, 2014

August 20, 2014

The Leader publishes the names of those who are arrested in Lucerne Valley as well as Lucerne Valley residents who are arrested elsewhere in San Bernardino County, along with the reason for their arrest. All information comes from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

UNDER THE INFLUENCE: On Aug. 8 at 3:35 p.m., 56-year-old Terry Lee Collins of Lucerne Valley was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance. He was booked into the Victor Valley Station and released later the same day.

Recipes: Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup

August 20, 2014


Zucchini is my favorite veggie by far, but I seem to lack creativity when it comes to adding it into my meals. In this version of minestrone soup, I tried adding my pal, zucchini, into it along with carrots, celery, and onion to give it a hearty serving of veggies. The results were pleasantly scrumptious. This soup is a perfect meal to make when your veggies are nearing their spoiling point or when you need to empty out your produce drawer in a pinch. 

3.7-magnitude quake hits area

August 18, 2014


BIG BEAR CITY • A small earthquake struck the the Big Bear area last Sunday but no damages or injuries are reported.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-3.7 quake struck at 9:55 p.m.

It was centered 4 miles north of Big Bear City at a depth of about 4 miles.

Some Lucerne Valley area residents reported feeling a short jolt and windows rattling, but there have been no reports of quake-related damage or injuries.


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