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According to the Veterans Affairs Department , nearly 42 million American men and women have served during wartime. Nearly 1.2 million died while serving.


Four months ago, the Thomas Fire and Montecito mudslide changed the local community forever. In response, many people have desired to help in whatever way they could.


Three sets of parents tell of their experiences with volunteering to help infants and toddlers in need of long-term homes Kiel and Matthew Cavalli play with their two adopted children at their store in Buellton. "There are so many children out there who need love," says Matthew, at right.


The crash occurred at about 3:15 p.m. at State and Alamar Avenue, according to the Santa Barbara City Fire Department . Four vehicles were involved in the collision, including two that sustained major damage, said Lt.


Keith Moles, a freshman on the UCSB golf team, shot a 6-under par 64 to take the first-round lead in the championship flight of the Santa Barbara City Golf Tournament on Saturday at the Santa Barbara Golf Club. Moles, who attended Righetti High holds a three-shot lead over Santa Barbara's Brian Helton going into the second round of the three-day, 54-hole tournament.


Fifteen years into his marriage he composed a song entitled "Dancing in the Minefields." To the best of my knowledge, the song produced in 2010 had limited success, but the lyrics are certainly meaningful to all who hear its poignant message.


Impact Hub has sponsored 10 elementary schools, with a total of some 500 students, from Santa Barbara County to take part in The Key Class. The Key Class is part of Social Skills America and teaches life skills, with classes ranging from the Importance of Positive Identification, the Choices Ahead and Your Future is Here, What's Next? Classes include instruction on proper social and dining etiquette to interview techniques and is offered to students of all ages, from elementary school to college graduates.


In a celebration of their unit on citizenship and what it means to be a good citizen in one's community, Laguna Blanca fourth-graders invited community members, including Santa Barbara's mayor, local first responders, teachers and community volunteers, who model good citizenship. The honorees will be recognized at a Citizenship Breakfast 8:30-10 a.m. Wednesday, May 30, at the Lower School campus, 260 San Ysidro Road.


We now offer up a few choice words concerning the continuing investigation being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller , and those words are: Happy Birthday, baby! You are now 1 whole year old. Traditionally, the present for a first anniversary is paper, but you don't need any more of that, considering the voluminous file cabinets full of documents already collected and stashed in triple-locked, humidity-controlled warehouses all over the leaky swamp that is Washington.


Allan Hancock College on Friday celebrated the class of 2018 and its record-setting 1,009 students, who earned 1,527 associate degrees in 96 majors during the 97th annual commencement ceremony on the Santa Maria campus. "Allan Hancock College is your community college," said Hilda Zacaras, president of the college board of trustees.


The firm Geosyntec has been retained by the county of Santa Barbara to provide professional guidance on options to expedite clearing of the waters at Goleta Beach and allowing the waters to be open to the community for safe use. The waters at Goleta Beach have been closed since Jan. 11, 2018, due to heightened levels of bacteria including coliform, fecal coliform and enterococcus.


A Santa Maria Superior Court jury returned mixed verdicts, most of which were not guilty, in the criminal trial of a Solvang animal rescue operator charged with 10 misdemeanor counts stemming from an escalating neighborhood feud. Julia Di Sieno, 57, who operates Animal Rescue Team on Carriage Drive property outside the Solvang city limits, was found guilty of violating an order to surrender firearms, possessing a deadly weapon and contempt of court.


Music and Artistic Director Nir Kabaretti has signed a three-year contract extension with the Santa Barbara Symphony, with plans to continue to bring high-quality performances of interest to Santa Barbara audiences. The Board of Directors approved the contract with compliments to Maestro Kabaretti and excitement about the current and coming seasons.


Hundreds of students gathered at the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Garden this week to celebrate the financial boost they are receiving to further their education. The awards ceremony is held each May by the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara , which this year is giving out more than $8.3 million in college and vocational scholarships to a total of more than 2,700 students throughout Santa Barbara County.


Prestigious Auto Body has been certified by Assured Performance, a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization for maintaining the right tools, equipment, training and facilities necessary to repair the participating automaker brand vehicles according to the manufacturer's specifications. In achieving certification, Prestigious Auto Body is now an integral part of the most advanced repair capable and efficient auto body repair network in the world.


Dream Foundation, the Santa Barbara-based organization that serves some 2,500 final Dreams every year for terminally-ill adults, has been gifted the private plaza in front of the newly reconstructed, historic Hotel Californian in Santa Barbara's Funk Zone. The plaza, at the corner of State and Mason streets, is comprised of 1,140 stones available to be dedicated with an elegant name engraving for a tax-deductible gift to the foundation.


Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education announced the selection of Christina Giguiere as the principal for Washington Elementary School a part of Santa Barbara Unified School District. Giguiere succeeds Sierra Loughridge as principal who was selected to serve as the Director of Elementary Education for Santa Barbara Unified School District.

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