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  • BREAKING NEWS: Experienced racer and mother of three dies in motorcycle accident

    Julie Reeder - AC Investigations|Updated May 28, 2024

    Fallbrook resident and motorcycle racer Megan Vilardi Johnson, age 40, tragically lost her life in a motorcycle accident on Sunday evening, May 19, 2024. According to the San Diego Coroner's report, Megan Elaine Vilardi, was riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound on Vía Monserate, just north of Orange Hill in Fallbrook, when the incident occurred. Preliminary investigations suggest that Vilardi lost control of her motorcycle while attempting to navigate a turn, ultimat...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Woman hit while crossing street

    Village News|Updated May 28, 2024 A woman was hit by a car Monday night at 8:39 pm on S. Mission and Old Stage Rd. In Fallbrook. The car was driven by a man. Alcohol has not been reported to be suspected at this time, according to witnesses at the scene. More information will be reported as it becomes available....

  • Victims identified after tragic collision that claimed four lives and leaving one in serious condition

    Julie Reeder, Publisher|Updated May 28, 2024

    In a devastating collision on Friday night, May 10, 2024, four lives were tragically lost, and one Fallbrook resident fights for recovery after a head-on crash near the intersection of Pala Rd and Horse Ranch Creek Rd. The incident has left several communities mourning the loss of loved ones and grappling with the aftermath of the tragic event. Albert Gary Salazar, a 60-year-old Fallbrook resident, was behind the wheel of a white Jeep Gladiator with three passengers. The Jeep...

  • One person transported after 3-car collision

    Village News and AC Investigations|Updated May 25, 2024

    An ambulance was requested for one person who appeared to have mild injuries after a three-vehicle collision was reported at 2:43 pm on the 1400 block of S. Mission Rd. In Fallbrook. While the cause is unknown, it was reported to be between a grey Honda, a white Jeep Cherokee and a grey Lexus....

  • South Mission Road closure announced

    Updated May 23, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – San Diego Gas & Electric advises Fallbrook residents that South Mission Road, between Green Canyon Road and Via Encinas Drive, will be reduced to a single lane between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 28 – Friday, May 31. Traffic control will be in place to assist drivers through the work area. The lane closures are necessary for crews to safely install new overhead power lines. The work is part of SDG&E’s efforts to help reduce the risk of wildfires by replacing wood power poles with taller, fire-...

  • FCAT to hear about wildflowers of FLC Preserves

    Updated May 23, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Climate Action Team will present Susan Liebes to talk about Wildflowers of the Fallbrook Land Conservancy Preserves. Susan Liebes, chair of the FLC, will discuss how the wildflowers, bees and butterflies of the FLC Preserves interact to mutually benefit our environment. The Zoom meeting will be held Tuesday, May 28, at 6:30 p.m. FLC owns more than 3,000 acres of permanently protected open space and over 1,000 acres of conservation easements. Liebes is a l...

  • Fallbrook Senior Center marks 50th with meals, magic, music and more

    Tim O Leary, Village News Writer|Updated May 23, 2024

    My home-away-from-home marked it's 50th year in fine fettle last week. There was food, a vintage car show, a magician, music and dancing. And, of course, there was plenty of Pickleball. The week began with the public unveiling of the Fallbrook Intergenerational Storyteller Project. That effort combines the experiences of local seniors and the technical expertise of area high school students to create mini-documentaries that will be posted online. About 35 people munched snacks...

  • Fallbrook Art Association moves gallery to North Main Street

    Updated May 23, 2024

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  • Residents addressing "bad doughnuts" in intersection

    Julie Reeder, Publisher|Updated May 23, 2024

    San Diego County traffic engineers met with residents of the Clearcrest/Winterhaven neighborhood on Friday morning, May 17, to discuss possible deterrents to people speeding and doing "bad doughnuts" in their intersection. According to neighbors at the meeting, some people have been nearly hit while the cars are doing "doughnuts" in the wide intersection. Organizer Karl Higgins served "good doughnuts" while exchanging ideas with the engineers, such as rumble strips,...

  • Chamber of Commerce posts event schedule

    Updated May 23, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce is holding the following events in May. Friday, May 24 – After Hours Networking at Village Roots Taproom, 4-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29 – Wine Down Wednesday at Romiglio Ridge Winery, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 – Awards & Installation Luncheon at Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens, 11:30 a.m. seating begins Friday, June 21 – Business Breakfast Club at Nessy Burgers, 9 a.m. Friday, June 28 – After Hours Networking at 127 West Social House, 4-6:30 p.m. For more details on...

  • 90th Worker of the Week – Lori Cook

    Updated May 23, 2024


    Updated May 22, 2024

    NOTE: While these reports have been taken straight from the Sheriff's Office, individuals are innocent until proven guilty. These addresses reveal the block number, not an exact location. May 6 E. Mission Rd. / N. Brandon Rd. Arrest - Indecent exposure - Obstruct/resist peace officer/emergency medical technician 600 blk Sancado Terrace Missing adult 300 blk E. Alvarado St. Domestic violence - Battery: spouse/exspouse/date/etc 1400 blk McDonald Rd. Grand theft: money/labor/property May 7 1600 blk Reche Rd. 5150 - Mental...

  • Car burns on Mission Rd offramp

    Julie Reeder- AC Investigations|Updated May 21, 2024

    North County Fire Protection District responded to a car and vegetation fire that was reported at 2:46 pm on Tuesday, 5/21. The car was fully engulfed on the southbound Mission Rd offramp. Multiple units responded and the incident was closed out at 3:48 pm. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the car and keep it from burning very much vegetation. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is not known at this time....

  • Ending the school year strong with Students of the Month.

    Christine Eastman, Special to the Village News|Updated May 18, 2024

    North Coast Church hosted Fallbrook Unified High School District's final Students of the Month celebration for the year on Thursday, May 2. Here are our stars of the day to close out a great 2023-2024 school year. All four are from Fallbrook High School. Bailey Petersen (Nominated by Alana Milton) With an outstanding 4.1 GPA, Petersen isn't one to shy away from a challenge. Having picked up lacrosse on a whim her junior year (and of course becoming a stellar player) and being...

  • The Mill closed permanently last week after repeated visits from the County

    Julie Reeder, Publisher|Updated May 18, 2024

    Tiffany Garcia and her business partner sold a furniture rental business in Carlsbad and they decided to move to Fallbrook. After she moved to Fallbrook, she spotted the old building which was an eyesore on the corner of Brandon and East Mission. She said, "When I stumbled across this property it was abandoned and had been taken over by homeless and druggies. It had been taken over by heroin addicts. There weren't any of the new floors and walls that are here now. There were...

  • Fallbrook's Railroad Heritage Park

    Updated May 18, 2024

    FALLBROOK – With the help of Southwest Boulder & Stone and Fallbrook's Community Benefit Program, the Fallbrook Village Association is in the next phase of completion of the new Railroad Heritage Park on the northwest corner of Elder and Main. The park will honor the past and educate a new generation about Fallbrook's rich agrarian past, present and future and the rail industry that made it possible. Southwest Boulder & Stone donated a beautiful stone that will feature the n...

  • North County Fire honors 107 year old

    Updated May 18, 2024

  • Hatch to mark 100 years next week

    Updated May 18, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Betty Hatch was born May 19, 1924, in Troy Ohio, the daughter of Harry & Blanch Helmick. With the famous depression in full swing the family, including her brother Maynard Helmick, moved to Glendale where her dad secured a job with Universal Studios. There, she met her future husband Stephen Hatch Jr., and they were later married in 1943 before her husband's deployment to France with the U.S. Army. Her brother Maynard enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Unfortunately M...

  • When life doesn't make sense

    Dr. Rick Koole, LifePointe church|Updated May 18, 2024

    It was about 11 years ago that my wife, Carolyn, and I struggled to decide whether or not to accept the invitation to pastor what is now LifePointe Church in the heart of Fallbrook. It was a difficult decision. We were very comfortable back in our home town of Grand Rapids, Michigan. In many ways it did not make much sense. My wife, Carolyn, headed the local pregnancy resource center, and I pastored a remarkable and loving church that was growing rapidly and had just finished...

  • Hope Clinic for Women celebrates families at Hope Walks

    Updated May 18, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Hope Clinic for Women will host "Hope Walks," a free family event at The Vineyard 1924, Saturday, June 15, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., 1924 E. Mission Road. After the Walk, coaches and dads from their new Fatherhood Program will host a Cornhole Tournament and Chili Cook Off with prizes for the winners. Funds raised at the walk will help keep the HCW Fatherhood Program running and help it to grow. The goal for this year is $20,000 in sponsorships for the event and p...

  • Lifetime support switch turns on for Youth Music and Engineering Scholarship

    Jean Larsen, Legacy Endowment|Updated May 18, 2024

    I’ve been feeling a very odd tug of regret recently that I did not know Richard or Mary Jane Weeks. Richard died many years ago, and last November, I was informed of Mary Jane’s death. They both lived long lives. He was an engineer, and she was a homemaker. There’s not much more I can share, and I truly wish there were. Perhaps they chose to live under-the-radar, so to speak, because in this age of mass technology with ancestry, genealogy, social media, print and online archives, there’s simply very little to be found. Much o...

  • Supervisors accept library donations

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated May 18, 2024

    Donations to San Diego County which exceed $5,000 in value must be approved by the county Board of Supervisors, although the traditional procedure for the County Library system has been to ratify the donations twice a year. The donations from July 1, 2023, to Dec. 31, 2023, were approved by a 5-0 county board of supervisors vote Tuesday, April 30. The county supervisors approved $500,420.59 of cash and non-cash donations for the six-month period including Friends of the Fallbrook Library donations valued at $19,584.87. The...

  • Rainbow MWD approves $10M financing agreement for capital projects

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated May 18, 2024

    The Rainbow Municipal Water District will be paying for $10 million of capital projects and equipment with a loan. A 5-0 Rainbow board vote April 23 approved a resolution authorizing an installment purchase agreement with U.S. Bank to finance the infrastructure and equipment. The loan will begin as a line of credit with a variable interest rate before converting to a 4.7% fixed rate for the remainder of the ten-year period. “We’re hoping to use the debt to help keep our cash reserves healthy and prevent any type of shock rat...

  • Worker of the Week has a passion for cooking

    Updated May 18, 2024

  • Vallecitos School District gives 5% raise to classified employees

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated May 18, 2024

    The Vallecitos board voted 3-0 Tuesday, April 9, with two seats vacant at the time of the vote, to approve the salary schedules for fiscal year 2023‑2024. The 5% increase matches that given to the certificated employees. “We felt comfortable with that raise,” Meliton Sanchez, superintendent of Vallecitos School District and the district’s chief business officer, said. The pay for specific groups of classified employees is based on steps. The district has 22 steps. “The board voted to increase that schedule by 5 percent r...

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