Man sentenced to 8 years

Kenneth Wayne Welch, 42, was sentenced to eight years in state prison Oct. 10 after entering a guilty plea last month to a charge of felony domestic violence. He was sentenced by Vista Superior Court Judge Aaron Katz. Welch was arrested in June after sheriff’s deputies responded to an early morning domestic dispute call at the 22000 block of State […]

Growing locally

On a warm September day, Jessica Zichichi rode her bike to the top of Palomar Mountain for her 39th birthday, a gift to herself and a line crossed off her list of achievements for that day. The word “achieve” is so embedded in her nature that she takes on each day with intention, list in hand. The former vice president […]

Pros turn out for skate park fundraiser

If there were any doubts about the need for a skate park in Valley Center, the well-attended fundraiser last Saturday proved there is a real thirst among the local skateboarding community. More than 300 people showed up for the all-day event to skate, win raffle prizes, and meet pro skaters Jake Brown and Neal Mims. Pro skaters Neal Mims and […]

Time flies when you’re having fun

It’s hard for me to believe we are fast approaching Halloween; it seems like yesterday that I was beating the heat of summer at the beach or poolside at my house. Now I’m wearing wool pants and sweaters in the morning when I leave for work, shedding layers as the temperature fluctuates from the 48-degrees we see in the early […]

Fundraiser for local’s medical treatment

Cree Morris, former NFL quarterback and a member of the class of 1989 at Orange Glen High School, hosted a passing session with his son Noah at last weekend’s OG Fest. The all-day festival welcomed more than 200 Orange Glen alumni and friends of all years to Adams Park on Saturday, Oct. 12. Several Orange Glen alumni bands played at […]

Almost 1,700 homes lose power after vehicle knocks into power pole

A single vehicle accident on Saturday afternoon left over a thousand Valley Center residents without power for around three hours. In some instances, though, restoring power took a bit longer. According to Amber Albrecht, spokesperson for San Diego Gas & Electric, a car damaged two power poles near the intersection of Valley Center Road and Molly Anne Ct. around 12:15 […]


Contributed imageJennifer Schwindt and Cody Layton wed on Sept. 22 in Fallbrook. The bride is a current resident of Valley Center, but was born and raised in Wilsonville, Ore. She currently works as a nurse at a clinic in San Clemente. Her parents are Randy and Colleen Schwindt. The groom resides in Escondido, works as director of golf at the […]

VC Sheriff blotter, Sept. 27. to Oct. 9

A man was arrested on Lilac Road at 9:48 p.m. on Oct. 4 and charged with stalking and obstruction/resisting peace officer. * * * The tractor was reportedly stolen on Lilac Road sometime between Sept. 27 and Oct. 2. * * * The man was arrested on Pala Temecula Road at 12:15 p.m. on Oct. 2 for being drunk in […]

Trunk-n-Treat promises Halloween fun

The Valley Center Community Church will once again be hosting one of the most popular October events in Valley Center. The 4th annual Trunk-n-Treat will take place on Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. at the VC Community Church Park at the corner of Fruitvale and Cole Grade roads. Volunteers operate a festively-decorated trunk at last year’s VCCC Trunk-n-Treat event. Contributed […]

Community event aims to combat domestic violence through celebration

After years in the international entertainment business, Sally Busby knows a thing or two about throwing a party. Sally Busby, one of the organizers of Celebration 4 Peace, showcases the Victory Over Violence exhibit at Western Days in 2011. Contributed imageShe and her husband, Richard Novey, moved to Valley Center in 2006 to find some solitude, but they still like […]