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Beyond Banning, Art Welch’s name is hallowed in halls all over the Pass area and Southern California, a testament to his public service.

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The morning of Dec. 1 Banning City Manager Doug Schulze gave the San Gorgonio Pass Rotary Club an overview of future development within the city, pointing out that in spite of limited land resources the city is showing economic growth.

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The Beaumont-Cherry Valley Recreation and Park District (BCVRP) helped open up the Christmas season by hosting the 29th annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the Cherry Valley Grange Monday evening, Nov. 28.

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The Beaumont-based nonprofit Little Wishes Big Hearts program is collecting toys to distribute to more than 200 young people around the Pass area community, and will host a free event between 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. the afternoon of Dec. 11 at the Beaumont Civic Center.

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It was mostly adults who were gallivanting at the Boys & Girls Club’s clubhouse last weekend, as they participated in a cheesy (“cheesy” in a good way) fundraising event that combined some old-fashioned games with lots of chances to win not-so-cheesy prizes.

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In its second year of being hosted in Banning, the city’s growing film community drew nearly 300 visitors to the Prestige Film Festival, which took place at Fox Cineplex and the Station Taphouse last weekend.

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After being held at the Grange for 29 years the Beaumont-Cherry Valley Recreation and Park District’s annual Winterfest will be moved to Noble Creek Park this year to give it space to grow. The free community event will be held Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3.

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While we bask in the warm weather of fall, the holidays will soon be upon us. Children have seen the ads with toys. And they have started dreaming of Christmas and the holidays that will sweep across our country.

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Just about every Sunday Rita Heslop does what she has for more than half a century: she makes her way to her usual spot in a pew two rows from the back of the Banning United Methodist Church in Banning.

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The Beaumont-Banning Elks Lodge distributed supplies to homeless veterans at Banning’s Opportunity Village on Thursday, Oct. 6.

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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.