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For all the changes that were celebrated at Rangel Park last weekend, one thing stands out: a lone pine that the city had considered removing in order to make way for the park’s remodeling.

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Friday morning, July 22, the San Gorgonio Pass chapter of Habitat for Humanity gathered at a vacant lot on E. Wilson Street to break ground on its 15th home to be built in Banning.

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As a new school year begins, the Beaumont Unified School District Board of Education has appointed two new student trustees to represent the voice of their classmates at the board’s meetings.

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The city of Beaumont will host its annual Freedom Festival, featuring live entertainment, food and fireworks at 4 p.m. on Monday, July 4, at Stewart Park, 985 Maple Ave.

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To underscore the danger illegal fireworks pose for people, animals and the environment, Riverside County residents could be fined for using them in unincorporated areas. A multi-agency effort to combat the sale, transportation and use of illegal fireworks comes after an increasingly excessi…

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On Wednesday, June 8, Banning Unified School District appointed Johnny Baker as assistant superintendent of human resources and approved measures aimed at maintaining and improving safety at the district’s campuses.

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De-Jon McNair aspires “to be someone” who could make a difference, having starting out with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Gorgonio Pass as a second-grader at Central Elementary School in Banning who, back then, had no idea what direction life would take him, or where he would end up.

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Last weekend the Cultural Alliance hosted their “Lift Every Voice!” Black History Month celebration at the Banning Woman’s Club. Interludes of music reflecting on contributions by Black people to blues, jazz and gospel were interspersed with snippets of slave history. Local performers includ…

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Faith in Action, an organization itself without a venue to offer services, decided to reach out to some of the people they serve by greeting them with hot chocolate and cookies on the streets of Banning.

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Starting this month, Beaumont Library is lending mobile hotspots and Chromebooks to the public. Cardholders will be able to check out these technology items for up to two weeks, or for a three-day rapid check out period intended for time-sensitive situations.