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March 21, 2023

Hartnell plans groundbreaking at new Soledad Education Center

SOLEDAD — Hartnell College will celebrate the start of construction on its new Soledad Education Center with a public groundbreaking ceremony at 11 a.m. this Friday, Nov. 8. The 16,750-square-foot multipurpose educational center is being built on 3.7 acres at the northeast corner of Metz Road and Orchard...

King City wins statewide award for public safety

KING CITY — The City of King has won the 2019 Helen Putnam Award in the public safety category for its Comprehensive Plan to End Youth Violence, announced the League of California Cities at its annual conference in October. This year’s award winners were honored Oct. 16 during...

Halloween events offer frightful fun for South County families

SOUTH COUNTY — Thousands of South County children and their families were treated to events full of frightful fun last Thursday for Halloween. King City Recreation Department hosted “Trunk or Treat” for a second time Oct. 31 at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds, where local businesses and organizations decorated the...

Rustler’s early issues now available in online database

KING CITY — Copies of the King City Rustler newspaper from 1901 through 1925 have been converted from microfilm to a digital version, making them accessible to anyone online. The California Digital Newspaper Collection (CDNC) recently announced that the issues have been included in its...

South County events full of sweets and spooks

SOUTH COUNTY — Halloween spirits were lifted early this month in South County, with trick-or-treaters getting spooked in Soledad, witches and warlocks “flying” through Greenfield and ghost stories being told in King City — and that’s just the beginning of the local frights as...

Power shutoff leaves South County residents in the dark

SOUTH COUNTY — Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) shut off power to an estimated 9,000 customers in Monterey County over the weekend due to heightened fire danger caused by high winds and dry conditions in the area, including parts of South County. Residents in Chualar, Gonzales, Soledad...

Soledad school establishes first monarch butterfly sanctuary in South County

SOLEDAD — South County’s first monarch butterfly sanctuary has been created at Frank Ledesma Elementary School in Soledad, and similar gardens are being planned for surrounding communities in the near future. Students, parents and staff members from Frank Ledesma Elementary hosted a kickoff event Oct....

Donations needed for annual Harvest Night

SOUTH COUNTY — An annual Halloween tradition dating back 34 years in south Monterey County could be in jeopardy this year unless donations start picking up. More than 2,000 residents attend the Harvest Night Festival each year at the South County YMCA in Soledad. The...

Greenfield Harvest Festival draws hundreds to downtown

GREENFIELD — Hundreds of residents and visitors alike gathered Sunday for the annual Greenfield Harvest Festival, hosted by the Greenfield Cultural Arts Center and First Night Monterey. The Oct. 20 festival kicked off that morning with a community parade through downtown Greenfield, where dozens...

City of King organizes first full-scale disaster drill

King City disaster drill emergency operations exercise
KING CITY — The City of King recently assembled its first full-scale emergency operations exercise in cooperation with multiple agencies to better prepare local leaders and first responders in the event of a major disaster. The Oct. 10 drill, led by City Manager Steve Adams...
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