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  • 55 FHS student-athletes make academic team

    Tom Ferrall, Staff Writer|Updated Dec 31, 2018

    The San Diego Union-Tribune released its high school fall sports All-Academic Team Dec. 19 and 55 student-athletes from Fallbrook High School made the list. The All-Academic Team honors juniors and seniors who participate in a California Interscholastic Federation-approved varsity sport and maintained a cumulative, weighted grade-point average of 3.0 or better. Marks above 4.0 reflect grades from honor classes weighted on a 5.0 scale. Senior cross country runner Audrey...

  • Transient is shot while attacking deputy with baseball bat

    Tom Ferrall, Staff Writer|Updated Dec 31, 2018

    A San Diego County Sheriff’s deputy from the Fallbrook substation shot a transient who attacked him with a baseball bat the morning of Dec. 21. The incident occurred at 4:30 a.m. when Fallbrook deputies were performing surveillance in the area of Reche Road and Ranger Road looking for a male suspect who on three occasions – at 8 p.m. Dec. 19 and at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Dec. 20 – attacked people sitting in their cars with a bat. The unprovoked attacks on three male victims resulted in damage to the vehicles – primarily shatter...

  • Eight Warriors make all-league team

    Tom Ferrall, Staff Writer|Updated Dec 22, 2018

    Led by first-team selection Craig Person, eight Fallbrook High football players were selected by Valley League coaches for recognition on the all-league team. Person, a senior, made first team offense as a wide receiver. Senior running back Jalen Webb, senior quarterback Jake McBroom and senior lineman Darius Watson made second team offense. Earning honorable mention offense were senior lineman Ricardo Magana and sophomore lineman Brady Hoff. Junior linebacker Dru Calloway and...

  • Fallbrook passes alcohol test

    Tom Ferrall, Staff Writer|Updated Dec 22, 2018

    Local liquor stores and community members passed a surprise test Dec. 14 when the San Diego County Sheriff's Department and the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control conducted operation "Shoulder Tap" in Fallbrook. Deputies and two minor (under age 21) decoys executed Shoulder Tap, an operation in which a minor attempts to purchase alcohol at a liquor store or asks an adult to purchase alcohol on their behalf. The operation was conducted between 5 and 11 p.m. and the decoys attempted to purchase alcohol at five...

  • Mission Theater to reopen in January

    Tom Ferrall, Staff Writer|Updated Dec 22, 2018

    The historic Mission Theater, idle for several months while its new owner went through a laborious permit process, will reopen in a few weeks. Roy Moosa, who purchased the downtown venue last summer, reported the theater has passed inspections and he has secured the permits needed to host live performances. Mission Theater will host its first public event under Moosa's ownership Jan. 18, when The 413 Project Repertory Theater presents Seussical the Broadway Musical. Termed a "fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza,"...

  • Flores, Hernandez, Lopez and Stotts honored as Students of the Month

    Tom Ferrall, Staff Writer|Updated Dec 18, 2018

    It was Ladies Morning at the Student of the Month breakfast Dec. 6 as Haley Flores, Vanessa Hernandez and Stacia Stotts of Fallbrook Union High School and Joana Lopez of Oasis High School were honored as the Students of the Month for December. SonRise Christian Fellowship pastor Greg Coppock emceed the recognition breakfast held at North Coast Church, where the dedicated young ladies were saluted by teachers, family and friends and community leaders. Flores, the first student...

  • Anderson wins BUSD board seat

    Tom Ferrall, Staff Writer|Updated Dec 18, 2018

    In the closest local race, Larissa Anderson won the short term (two-year) seat on the Bonsall Unified School District Board of Trustees by 39 votes over incumbent Sylvia Tucker, final results of the Nov. 6 general election revealed. Anderson, listed on the ballot as a businesswoman/education advocate, received 3,048 votes (50.32 percent). Tucker garnered 3,009 votes (49.68 percent). Anderson, who in early returns trailed Tucker by 48 votes, knows pulling out the victory was no small feat. "It was only after I registered my...

  • FUHSD superintendent Pedroza gets termination without cause

    Tom Ferrall, Staff Writer|Updated Dec 6, 2018

    There will be a major overhaul of the board of directors of the Fallbrook Union High School District Board of Trustees next week as a result of the Nov. 6 general election, which saw three challengers top three incumbents for the open seats on the board. Voted off the board were president James O'Donnell, Richard Goodlake and Sherry Ludwig. Voted on the board were Diane Summers (who received the most votes), Lita Tabish and Elana Sterling. The election winners will join vice president Sharon Koehler (term: 2016-2020) and Lee...

  • Miller completes sweep of Del Mar training titles

    Tom Ferrall, Staff Writer|Updated Dec 6, 2018

    Bonsall-based Peter Miller won three races during closing week of Del Mar's Fall Racing Festival to finish the 16-day season with 15 victories and complete a sweep of the 2018 training titles at seaside racetrack. Miller, who took the conditioning title at the 36-day summer meeting by besting runner-up Doug O'Neill 31-21 in victories, topped Jerry Hollendorfer 15-9 in wins at the short fall session. Miller reached the winner's circle with 15 of his 46 starters, which translate...

  • Miller enjoys four-win afternoon at Del Mar

    Tom Ferrall, Staff Writer|Updated Nov 30, 2018

    Bonsall-based Peter Miller saddled four winners at Del Mar Nov. 24 and the big day was a key factor in him owning a 12-8 lead over Jerry Hollendorfer in the trainer standings after 12 days of competition at the seaside racetrack's 16-day Fall Festival of Racing, which concludes Dec. 2. Miller won three races in a row – the second, third and fourth – and then completed his four-bagger with a victory in the ninth and final event. Miller scored with his first starter of the day...

  • Tree lighting kicks off holiday season

    Tom Ferrall, Staff Writer|Updated Nov 30, 2018

    The holiday season in Fallbrook gets started this weekend (Nov. 30-Dec. 2) with a trifecta of events offering fun for all ages. The Official Fallbrook Holiday Tree Lighting at the Fallbrook Community Center will be held Friday evening, the Fallbrook Christmas Parade takes place Saturday evening, and the Fallbrook Historical Society presents its "Old-Fashioned Christmas Open House" Sunday afternoon. This year's tree lighting celebration, which will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m....

  • Race for spot on BUSD board very tight

    Tom Ferrall, Staff Writer|Updated Nov 30, 2018

    The San Diego County Registrar of Voters' Nov. 26 update of results from the Nov. 6 general election – with 47,000 outstanding ballots to be processed and 100 percent of precincts reporting – revealed that the race for the short term (two year) spot on the Bonsall Unified School District board was very tight. Larissa Anderson, a businesswoman/education advocate, led BUSD Trustee Sylvia Tucker by 37 votes (3,001-2,964). Tucker had been holding a very small lead over Anderson. San Diego County Registrar of Voters Michael Vu was...

  • Boosters present Veterans Day Baseball Tournament

    Tom Ferrall, Staff Writer|Updated Nov 26, 2018

    The Fallbrook Union High School Baseball Boosters presented the inaugural Veterans Day Baseball Tournament the weekend of Nov. 10-12 and 26 youth baseball teams participated in the event. Jessica Knox and Kristy Baker served as co-tournament directors of the three-day event that benefited the Fallbrook High baseball program. "There are quite a few things that we need and there's not much funding left anymore for any of the (high school) sports so we had a group of hard-working parents say, 'let's do a tournament,'" said...

  • Miller notches 1,000th training victory

    Tom Ferrall, Staff Writer|Updated Nov 23, 2018

    Peter Miller, who for several years has had the majority of his stable based at the San Luis Rey Training Center in Bonsall, reached a career milestone Nov. 16 at Del Mar when he recorded his 1,000th training victory. The 2-year-old colt Haydens Havoc, ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, provided Miller with the landmark win when he rambled to a 1 1/2-length victory in the third race on the program. “It’s a great accomplishment,” said Miller. “It took a lot of years to get there and a lot of hard work. I’ve got a great team behi...

  • Group works to help Fallbrook's homeless

    Tom Ferrall, Tom Ferrall|Updated Nov 22, 2018

    A middle-aged homeless woman who states she hasn't had a shower in 15 days walks up to Blaine Vice and asks if she could wash her feet at the foot washing station that is set up in the parking lot of Fallbrook Apostolic Assembly. She then asks if there are any sandals. "Go over there and get some socks and shoes and then come back," said Vice, pointing to an area where clothing and footwear are available. "That way you'll have some clean socks for your clean feet." Vice is a...

  • History-making Miller off to good start at Del Mar

    Tom Ferrall, Staff Writer|Updated Nov 18, 2018

    Less than a week after making history at the 2018 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, Bonsall-based trainer Peter Miller celebrated opening day of Del Mar's Fall Racing Festival by saddling two winners at the seaside track Nov. 9. Miller, who in 2017 at Del Mar earned his first Breeders' Cup victories when Stormy Liberal won the $1 million Turf Sprint and Roy H captured the $1.5 million Sprint, saw those two runners repeat in those...

  • Del Mar opens Fall Racing Festival Nov. 9

    Tom Ferrall, Staff Writer|Updated Nov 12, 2018

    Del Mar opens its Fall Racing Festival Friday, Nov. 9, and more than 200 horses from the San Luis Rey Training Center in Bonsall are taking up residency at the seaside racetrack. Del Mar racing secretary David Jerkens reported that horses stabled in San Luis Rey's temporary, giant tent-like barns have been relocated to Del Mar while a sprinkler system is installed in those barns. "We're estimating 225 horses from San Luis Rey to be on our property," said Jerkens, adding that...

  • Ahrend, Callagher, Petersen and Wade honored as top students

    Tom Ferrall, Staff Writer|Updated Nov 5, 2018

    The nonprofit organization Fallbrook Student of the Month presented its first recognition breakfast of the 2018-2019 school year Oct. 4 with Kaitlyn Callagher, Audrey Petersen and Grace Wade of Fallbrook Union High School and Trent Ahrend of Oasis High School being saluted as the Students of the Month for October. The celebratory breakfast was held at North Coast Church and pastor Greg Coppock of SonRise Christian Fellowship served as emcee of the event, which is sponsored by...

  • Main Avenue marijuana dispensary takes a hit

    Tom Ferrall, Staff Writer|Updated Nov 1, 2018

    It was no secret that Main Avenue in Fallbrook was home to a popular marijuana dispensary but law enforcement officials had to get all their "ducks in a row" before busting the illegal store called Jah Healing. "We've received numerous complaints about Jah Healing – dozens of complaints over the last year or so about the illegal dispensary operating," said detective/sergeant Patrick Yates of the San Diego County Sheriff Department's Fallbrook substation. So why the delay in s...

  • Driver involved in fatal hit-and-run still sought

    Tom Ferrall, Staff Writer|Updated Nov 1, 2018

    Law enforcement officials – as of Oct. 30 – were still searching for the driver of red Mustang who struck and killed a female pedestrian in Fallbrook the evening of Friday, Oct. 19, and left the scene. "The issue is we don't have much to go on," said California Highway Patrol Officer Mark Latulippe. "Our guys have been looking through the area, trying to maybe catch lightning in a bottle so to speak. They've been looking at some video from the area to see if we can get any more information." Latulippe said authorities are...

  • Warriors avoid Homecoming shutout

    Tom Ferrall, Staff Writer|Updated Oct 26, 2018

    The Fallbrook High football team, outnumbered and undersized compared to its opponent, scored a moral victory when it scored 10 points in the second half against San Pasqual to avoid being shutout on Homecoming Night. The final: San Pasqual 42, Fallbrook 10. San Pasqual scored touchdowns on six of its seven possessions in the first half and led 42-0 at the break. The extra time at halftime for Homecoming activities provided some relief for Fallbrook, which, aided by a almost continuously-running clock, stopped the onslaught...

  • Candidates give closing arguments

    Tom Ferrall, Staff Writer|Updated Oct 26, 2018

    The Village News – as a follow-up to a previous article – recently contacted candidates in selected races to give them one more chance to communicate with readers prior to the Nov. 6 general election. A question was emailed to the finalists in the races for Board of Supervisors – District 5, U.S. Representative – 50th District, State Assembly – 75th District, and State Senate – District 38. The Villages News received responses from all of the candidates contacted with the ex...

  • Five candidates vie for two spots on Palomar College's Governing Board

    Tom Ferrall, Staff Writer|Updated Oct 25, 2018

    There are two open seats on the Palomar Community College District's Governing Board and five candidates are looking to obtain one of those seats. Voters in northern San Diego County will decide who lands the spots when they participate in the Nov. 6 general election. Palomar College is a public two-year community college which has its main campus in San Marcos. The Palomar Community College District serves 2,500 square miles of northern San Diego County, and last summer...

  • Work continues to work on Monserate Winery

    Tom Ferrall, Staff Writer|Updated Oct 22, 2018

    Jade Work will always remember the only time he got fired, especially because he got the boot on the very property he owns today and is transforming into Monserate Winery. "I rolled a golf cart," said Work, who as a teenager performed many duties while working at Fallbrook Golf Club before his "having too much fun" driving a cart resulted in a wipeout and a pink slip. "I worked in the kitchen, parked carts and painted the range balls – put the stripe on them," recalled W...

  • Lightning strikes down football game

    Tom Ferrall, Staff Writer|Updated Oct 20, 2018

    The Fallbrook High football team hosted its first home game in more than a month Oct. 12 and the varsity contest against Ramona lasted less than five minutes thanks to Mother Nature. Lightning prompted officials to suspend the game with 7:33 remaining in the first quarter and Ramona holding a 6-0 lead, the result of a touchdown scored immediately before play was halted (the Bulldogs never had the chance to kick the PAT). CIF rules state that if lightning can be seen within 10...

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