Readers to see change in Easy Ad format

<strong>Readers to see change in Easy Ad format </strong>
Content, including puzzles and games, will remain in tact File photoThe Valley Chronicle and Easy-AD. ■ By Chris Smith / advisory editor Chronicle and Easy Ad readers will notice a change in the format of the two publications with this issue. Instead of being inserted each week into the newspaper, Easy Ad has been integrated into the regular pages of the Chronicle. “We decided it was in the best interests of both our readers and our advertisers to have a uniform newspaper where all the pages are the same size,” said Eric Buskirk, publisher of the Chronicle/Easy Ad. “It will be a better experience for our readers and will be more (more…)

‘Minor’s Gold’ wins national tournament

<strong>‘Minor’s Gold’ wins national tournament</strong>
How a generational love for baseball molded a dedicated coach Photos by Rusty StraitThe championship ring was earned by Minor’s Gold, a non-profit baseball team from Hemet, in the Vegas tournament which came under the unified rules of the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) national organization. ■ Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter When we think of champions and Las Vegas in the same instance, it’s usually along with heavyweight prize fights. One may wonder how did our little town of Hemet capture the headlines by winning a national tournament in Las Vegas? I will tell you why. And how this wasn’t discovered by any other “big shot” newspapers goes to (more…)

One man’s dream lights up downtown

<strong>One man’s dream lights up downtown </strong>
Photo by Cindy Boeing/The Valley ChronicleThe lighted Christmas tree after dark that brought chills to the onlookers. Giant Christmas tree brings joy to Hemet residents ■ Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter Realtor and humanitarian Matt McPherson brought a holiday tradition back to downtown Hemet on the Friday following Thanksgiving. He and attorney Kevin Speir towed a flatbed trailer down to the Del Mar Fairgrounds to collect a 16-foot noble fir from The Pinery in San Diego where one goes to shop for tall Christmas trees. They are the source for annual tree requests from throughout Southern California and are known for trees the size that might be displayed at the Hearst (more…)

Hit-run driver plows into new San Jacinto pharmacy

<strong>Hit-run driver plows into new San Jacinto pharmacy</strong>
Photos by Chris Smith / The Valley ChronicleThe front of the United Family Pharmacy building at 1221 S. San Jacinto Ave. is boarded up after a driver crashed his car through the wall following a two-car accident, then fled the scene. No injuries were reported, but police arrested the driver a short time later when he turned himself in. Meanwhile, the pharmacy continues to fulfill prescriptions through its Hemet location. Customers urged to order online or by phone for home delivery service ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor Sometimes you just feel as though it’s one step forward and two steps backwards. That’s the way business-owner Steve DiMemmo is feeling (more…)

Casino job fair draws some 1,000 eager applicants

<strong>Casino job fair draws some 1,000 eager applicants</strong>
Photos by Chris Smith / The Valley ChronicleThe Soboba Casino job fair Monday at the Soboba Country Club drew about 1,000 people who stood in line for hours waiting to be interviewed for some 400 positions. ■ By Chris Smith / advisory editor The line was long, the wait was frustrating, but for some, the payoff was like hitting the jackpot. When you have been unemployed – or underemployed – or have had to endure a long commute everyday, finding a new job is like getting a new lease on life. Monday, Nov. 27, was when the new Soboba Casino held its first job fair, and the response was, if not (more…)

The history of Thanksgiving here and around the world

<strong>The history of Thanksgiving here and around the world</strong>
Pixabay.comDozens of other countries celebrate a “Thanksgiving Day” ■ Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter Time changes. The where, what and why of holidays and the way we celebrate them also change. For instance, our Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. Now, it is situated so the country can take an extra day off. The Friday after Thanksgiving used to be the day we recovered from the over-stuffing we did the day before. Today, that Friday is now called, “Black Friday,” and folks rush out to the stores for discount Christmas shopping. Black is hardly the color. The stores are stacked from floor to roof with bright, blinking (more…)

Gio and Friends delight Destination patrons

<strong>Gio and Friends delight Destination patrons</strong>
Reliving the songs of the 40s and 50s brings folks downtown Chris Smith / The Valley ChronicleThe crowd in the Destination Coffee Bar and Bistro was mesmerized Friday night, Nov. 16, by Gio and Friends, a singing group comprised of Gio Yepremian, Bonita Cummins and Rusty Strait, who gave patrons a selection of jazz and blues favorites dating back to the 1940s. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor The nostalgia was so thick you could cut it with a knife Friday night when Gio and Friends took to the stage in the Destination Coffee Bar and Bistro. It’s a funny little stage that was set up in the corner of (more…)

Veterans Day gives community a time to reflect

<strong>Veterans Day gives community a time to reflect</strong>
The one day to show our appreciation for their sacrifice Dennis FletcherThe city erected 1776 flags in Gibbel Park to celebrate Veterans Day. ■ Chronicle News Staff Hemet and San Jacinto celebrated Veterans Day on a Sunday this year with a series of events highlighted by ceremonies in Gibbel Park and a memorial at Golden Era Productions, among other acts to honor those who fought and died in the nation’s many wars. Gibbel Park was the focus of the holiday throughout the prior week as the city erected no fewer than 1776 American flags on Nov. 3, each with a yellow ribbon tied to the flagpole. Families and individuals arrived for (more…)

Hemet police bust for EBT irregularities

<strong>Hemet police bust for EBT irregularities</strong>
Senior reporter goes on raid with department at La Perla market Rusty StraitOperation “Dirty Pearl” consisted of a raid on the La Perla Carniceria and Market located at 571 East Florida Ave. in Hemet where law enforcement cleared the scene and investigated the market. ■ Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter Operation “Dirty Pearl” consisted of numerous law enforcement agencies gathered in the briefing room at the Hemet Police Department at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7 in preparation for a raid on the La Perla Carniceria and Market located at 571 East Florida Ave. in Hemet, as well as the owner’s residence in the 200 block of Peregrine Lane in San (more…)

Battling barbers descend upon Hemet

<strong>Battling barbers descend upon Hemet</strong>
Local barbershop hosts national haircut contest Rusty StraitThere is no mirror, but this customer surely will like the results. ■ Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter Barbers playing second fiddle to cosmetologists is passe. That went out with transistor radios and black-and-white TVs. Welcome to the modern world of barbering. For the first time, barbers came to Hemet to battle over who rates number one in the field of haircuts. On Tuesday, Nov. 6, barbers from around the country assembled under white tenting behind Barbers and Razors at Meridian and Florida with razors and scissors, sharp and glistening, to decide once and for all: who is the best barber? It was like (more…)