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Usually Hoffer Elementary School in Banning has throngs of supporters lined up around the track — a strip of well-used asphalt leading to the playground, complete with a black-and-white checkered finish line — to witness the school’s annual Race Against Drugs soap box cart competition.

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Drivers heading eastbound have been rerouting through side streets; this traffic is along North Murray Street in Banning by the Record Gazette office.

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The day after the election as the Record Gazette went to press, newcomer to politics Jessica Black was in first place to potentially join Beaumont’s city council, followed closely by fellow challenger David Fenn.

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Banning was forthcoming in its support to approve marijuana distributors within its city, but initially overlooked the opportunity to tax them.

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Alejandro “Alex” Geronimo, an appointed Banning Library board trustee, seems to have won his first-ever elected position as Banning’s next city treasurer, having a healthy lead over his opponent Shawn Patterson, who had the endorsement of retiring treasurer John McQuown.

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Of the water board races, a candidate for the Beaumont-Cherry Valley Water District’s Division 1 seat was the only race where an incumbent stood strong.

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Mary Hamlin was exuberant about her preliminary standing at the top, besting two former council members, including incumbent Art Welch, to represent Banning as the Banning city council District 3 representative.

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Teachers already have had to adjust to teaching classes without students physically present, and parents have had to juggle finding ways to make sure their kids are supervised, while trying to balance their jobs.

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During a routine traffic stop Thursday night in Loma Linda, a deputy sheriff arrested a Beaumont man who had a $75,000 bail violation in Riverside, was in possession of a large quantity of suspected methamphetamine and was a felon in possession of a firearm.

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Today is the third day of operation for the 130 Riverside County voter assistance centers, where registered voters may cast their ballots in the Nov. 3 Presidential General Election. As of 10 a.m. on Sunday (Nov. 1) all 130 voter assistance centers have opened and are processing voters witho…

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A vague, but potentially exciting announcement from Banning’s city manager Doug Schulze at the end of the Oct. 27 Banning city council meeting suggests that a developer with sizeable assets has an interest in the Banning Municipal Airport property.

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In a remote area of Mias Canyon on city-owned land that formerly belonged to Marshall Palmer’s grandparents sits the relatively secluded Banning Sportsman Club, which as a nonprofit organization turns 67 this month.

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Banning Police Department has apprehended suspects sought in a shooting that took place July 1, 2018 in the 500 block of Navajo Drive in Banning.

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Banning’s city council seemed to listen to the city’s employees who pleaded with them at their meeting Tuesday evening to not approve a resolution that would have imposed 80 hours of furlough on managerial employees that could have saved the city roughly $200,000.

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A gas station, convenience store, and eventually a quick-service restaurant have been approved just south of the Sundance Corporate Center along the corner of Eighth Street and Highland Springs Avenue.

Upcoming Events

The Greater Hope Foundation for Children of Banning

The Greater Hope Foundation for Children of Banning is hosting a tax-deductible gift drive through Dec. 11. Donations can be dropped off at 1035 W. Ramsey St. in Banning, or purchases can be made online for delivery to their office via Amazon Smiles and at aghope.org.