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Superintendent search down to 4

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 29th, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- There are four finalists in the search for a new Paso Robles Joint Unified School District superintendent.
Rich Merlo of Corcoran Unified School District, Hugo Pedroza of Lompoc Unified School District, Cynthia Toews of St. Helena Unified School District, and Chris Williams of Central Unified School District have been named as finalists in the search.
The finalists
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Jr. Livestock Auction brings in $2.1M

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 29th, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- Hundreds of 4-H and FFA students from all over San Luis Obispo County brought their projects to auction at the Mid-State Fair Saturday -- finally receiving a pay-off for the months of hard work they put in raising and caring for their animals.
In all, a total of 849 animals were auctioned, including 81 steers, 193 lambs,
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Masons give $850 to library

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 29th, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- The Masons supported the Paso Robles children's reading programs
with an $850 donation last week.
Members of the Paso Robles Thaddeus Sherman Masonic Lodge 196 gave the Paso Robles
City Library staff and their young patrons a lot to smile about on Monday, said Heather Stephenson, Children's Services Librarian.
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Kindred Care supports life at home

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 29th, 2014
Kindred Care Services offers an at-home living experience for those who can use a hand as they age, after surgery or at any time when a little help is required.
"Our goal is to help families address the growing needs of their aging loved ones," said Chris Madden, Kindred Care director. "As each person is different
and has specific requirements,
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Pancake palooza: Main Street feeds the masses

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- The Main Street Downtown Association flipped pancakes, scrambled eggs, browned sausage and poured orange juice for more than a thousand people in the city's downtown park Thursday morning.
Main Street and the California Mid-State Fair partnered in the breakfast that was an event, drawing the fair's pageant queen Taylor Mae Lindquist and princess Lauren Rodrigues were
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Last weekend at the fair

Modified: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- This is the last weekend of the 2014 California Mid-State Fair.
As soon as it opens, it seems that it's time to pack up the carnival, put away tiaras, and sweep the grounds of the event that draws tens of thousands of visitors to the Paso Robles Event Center each year.
This year's concerts have drawn record
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Templeton votes for water allocation

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
TEMPLETON -- Though the state is in drought, water demands are growing through the hot summer months -- the Templeton Community Services District is taking that seriously as board members discussed its Lake Nacimiento water allocation July 15.
The board discussed its preference to safeguard its water supply before large users like J.Lohr take a bigger share, and in that
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High-flying demo

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- Visitors to the Mid-State Fair will be able to enjoy an amazing skate demonstration sponsored by Atascadero's A-Town Skate Park for the first time ever this year and manager Kevin Campion says he hopes families will come out and enjoy the show together.
"We wanted to do it during a time of day when there's normally less
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Farmer, rancher awards handed out

Posted: Monday, Jul 21st, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- The San Luis Obispo County agriculture community -- farmers and cattle ranchers -- has selected three outstanding farming and cattle ranching leaders to honor for a lifelong dedication to their heritage, livelihood, community and colleagues. They were recognized at the Annual Farmers and Ranchers Day Dinner at the California Mid-State Fair on Friday, July 17.
The recipients
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JB Dewar names tractor winners

Posted: Monday, Jul 21st, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- JB Dewar names three North County youth as tractor restoration
winners, handing out nearly $10,000 in prizes.
This year, winners were grand prize winner, Luke Reilly, from Atascadero High School who won $4,000; Alex Madonna Memorial Scholarship winner, Loren Isaac Lindsey, from Templeton High School; and Papich Construction award winner, Louis Lindsey, from Templeton High School.
JB
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Public hearing about Andros construction at city meeting

Posted: Monday, Jul 21st, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- There will be a public hearing at tonight's Paso Robles Planning
Commission meeting to discuss the construction of two buildings at Andros Engineering 4285 Second Wing Way on the northwest corner of Dry Creek Road.
Ted Weber filed an application on behalf of Matt Andros proposing the construction
of two new manufacturing buildings totally 16,800 square feet.
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12 compete in Tuesday’s Miss California Mid-State Fair Pageant, Lindquist wins

Posted: Thursday, Jul 17th, 2014
Taylor Mae Lindquist, 18, of Templeton, won the title of Miss California Mid-State Fair Tuesday night in a stiff competition of 12 talented North County women.
Along with Lindquist's queen title, two princesses were named -- First Runner-Up Lauren Rodrigues, 20, of Paso Robles, and Second Runner-Up Devin Corea, 17. Of Paso Robles, Rebecca Sligh, 18, of Templeton was voted
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Burn-survivor steer moves to Grass Valley

Posted: Thursday, Jul 17th, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- After 16-year-old Dylan Wilkinson's FFA steer was burned during an animal cruelty incident last fall, he has made the decision to withdraw the bovine from the Mid-State Fair.
Although Wilkinson's steer, Panda, was an FFA project animal destined for the fair and slaughter when he raised it, it has been taken to Animal Place, an animal
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Fair time!

Posted: Thursday, Jul 17th, 2014
The California Mid-State Fair opened its giant gates Wednesday and was stampeded by an eager public while the annual cattle drive moved onto the site.
"I've been coming to this fair for 57 years, and we've been the contractors for about 35 years for all the cattle for all the events," said Cathie Twisselman. "And then the cattle drive, as
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Lavender Festival

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
Photo collection from the Central Coast Lavender Festival on Saturday
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Sgt. Louis John Molinari retires from Camp Roberts

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
CAMP ROBERTS -- Sgt. Louis John Molinari has seen quite a lot during his 35 years at Camp Roberts, including thousands of troops and waves of change. Molinari worked Range Control as a non-commissioned officer for his first 27 years, then moved to Department of Public Works. For the past eight years, he's worked as a heavy equipment operator.
"For
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Interim PRJUSD superintendent holds coffee chats

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- A new era has begun in the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District with interim Superintendent Jim Brescia flinging open the doors of communication that have long been closed.
Last week, Brescia began coffee chats with anyone in the public to share their thoughts, ideas or concerns.
Throughout the summer, Brescia will continue to meet with the
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Outgoing councilman donates funds to charities

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- Paso Robles City Councilman Ed Steinbeck will not run for re-election this November and donated his surplus campaign funds to three Paso Robles charities:Toy Bank of Greater Paso Robles; Loaves and Fishes food bank; and Up with Kids.
"Ed is just a great guy," said Bill Pluma, of the Toy Bank. "We can use every cent we can
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Steve Gregory kicks off campaign for city council

Posted: Friday, Jul 11th, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- Paso Robles Planning Commissioner Steve Gregory is setting his sights on the city council in the November election.
Gregory, a planning commissioner for the past 5-1/2 years, announced his candidacy in a press conference Wednesday surrounded by friends, colleagues and family, including his 2-week-old granddaughter, Vionna.
Gregory has lived in Paso Robles for the past 34 years
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Paso Robles School budget uncertain

Posted: Friday, Jul 11th, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- The Paso Robles School District continued as did disagreement over how much money is present and what programs would be funded at the regular school board meeting Tuesday.
The board voted 5-0 in favor of directing staff to revise the budget and to come back to the board with recommendations at the August meeting. Trustees Katy
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Her heart will go on

Posted: Friday, Jul 11th, 2014
NORTH COUNTY -- When Jennifer Adams thinks about her late sister, Amy Fields, she is flooded with warm examples of her altruistic spirit and vibrant personality.
"She was a free spirited person," Adams said. "She had garage sales, and during one of them, she met a couple with a new baby. They didn't have a way to get the baby
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Paso children’s museum is a good investment

Posted: Friday, Jul 11th, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- Pleasant Valley Wine Trail handed over $2,500 to the Paso Robles Children's Museum Wednesday, a result of its successful event, Bordeaux Blitz.
"We were happy to be this year's beneficiary of Bordeaux Blitz and we thank the Pleasant Valley Wine Trail members for the generous donation and support of the Paso Robles Children's Museum," said Museum Director
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Thousands celebrate 4th of July in Paso

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 8th, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- Children happily swarmed the Paso Robles Downtown City Park Friday for a dawn-to-dusk day filled with 4th of July celebratory events during the city's 125-year anniversary.
The children's parade brought Mayberry-esque visions of bicycles adorned with balloons and children decked out in red, white and blue.
Brie Howenstine, 11, of Paso Robles rode with her sister, McKenna,
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Get your splash on at San Miguel pool

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 8th, 2014
SAN MIGUEL -- San Miguel's free, public pool opened in 1955, back when flowered bathing caps and full coverage one-pieces were all the rage. Today, swim fashion may have changed, but the duty of a lifeguard
remains.
San Miguel Pool Head Lifeguard Matthew Robison, 20, has kept his attention on the water for the past four years. On his off
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Lorenz, VanSteenwyk awarded beautification

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 8th, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- Brett VanSteenwyk and Debbie Lorenz received the Paso Robles
Main Street Association award for beautification and for being historical preservationists,said Norma Moye, executive director of the Main Street Association.
"They're a real asset to our downtown," Moye said. "They redid Park Place; they redid the whole thing; the clock tower; the McClintock building."
With Acorn, Odd Fellows,
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Interim superintendent says there will be no cuts

Posted: Friday, Jul 4th, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- Paso Robles Interim Superintendent Jim Brescia called a press conference Wednesday to ease the minds of constituents after more than $1 million of proposed cuts caused an outpouring of worry and criticism at the last school board meeting.
"I want to see that we get on the same page as a community," Brescia said at the conference.
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Mayor to run for city council

Posted: Friday, Jul 4th, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- Paso Robles Mayor Duane Picanco will not run for re-election as city mayor; he will, instead, run for city council.
Picanco held a press conference Wednesday saying he would run for one of two open council seats, currently held by Councilmen John Hamon and Ed Steinbeck whose terms are up this year.
Picanco said he's served the
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Card room rejected

Posted: Friday, Jul 4th, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- Card room owner Don Ezzell said he felt ambushed Tuesday night when the Paso Robles City Council rejected his request to move his card room from Black Oak Drive to the manufacturing district on Ramada Drive.
The council voted 4-1 rejecting the application, with Councilman Fred Strong in dissent.
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