Educate yourself about student loans

The largest lenders in America have a plan to improve the federally guaranteed student loan program. They want to 1) eliminate competition and 2) raise prices. If not for Hurricane Katrina grinding all business in Washington to a stop, they might have gotten their way — and raised the price of attending college by $10 […]

Local cadet earns honors

Cadet Antony V. Vargas, son of Ventura and Colleen Vargas of Temecula, has earned the Superintendent’s Award for Excellence at the US Military Academy for the spring semester, which ended in June. To be selected for the award, a cadet must simultaneously achieve excellence in all programs — academic, military and physical. The cadet is […]

Temecula resident earns degree from Agnes Scott College

Bonnie A. Castro of Temecula gripped her new bachelor’s degree in psychology and crossed the Agnes Scott College commencement stage in brisk pursuit of her future. Castro is the daughter of Angelito Castro and Florita Castro of Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia. Castro is a 2001 graduate of Hun School of Princeton. Commencement speaker Sen. Hillary Rodham […]

Temecula Valley Elks announce scholarships

Applications for the Elks National Foundation’s 2006 “Most Valuable Student” contest are available at Temecula and Murrieta high schools, online ( or by calling (951) 696-8099 to request an application. Applications for the 2005-2006 contest must be submitted to the Temecula Valley Elks Scholarship Committee by January 13, 2006. The Elks National Foundation will award […]

Mystery Writer contest open to youth and amateur

Is there a great mystery hiding deep inside you? Amateur and youth writers are encouraged to participate in the Erle Stanley Gardner Mystery Writing Contest, held in conjunction with the third annual Erle Stanley Gardener Mystery Weekend scheduled for November 4, 5 and 6 in Old Town Temecula. Stories should be of the mystery genre […]

Register now for before- and after-school programs

For working parents with school-age children, the logistics of getting to work on time, deciding who is going to pick up the kids after school and getting the kids to school on time can be a challenge. Luckily, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest County is here to help. The clubs open at 6:30 […]

Needy kids get new school clothes from Operation School Bell

The Assistance League of Temecula Valley’s Operation School Bell provides new school clothes for underprivileged children in the valley. For more than 15 years, the local chapter of the national charitable organization has been doing good works in the communities of Temecula, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore and Menifee. At the League’s chapter house attached to their […]

Winners announced in Temecula Third Grade History Report Project

The Temecula Valley Museum has named the winners of the Temecula Third Grade History Report Project for the 2004-2005 school year. There were 81 entries from 11 schools, an increase of 58 students competing this year than last. This year the winners are: Alamos Elementary: Rebecca Doanle, Kyle Pham and Rachel Bushrow Vail Elementary: Rachel […]

Murrieta resident on Dean’s List

Justin Eckl, son of Barbara Eckl of Murrieta, has been named to the 2004-05 Lawrence University Dean’s List for maintaining a minimum 3.4 grade point average. He is a graduate of Badger High School, Lake Geneva, WI. Founded in 1847, Lawrence University is a leading national liberal arts college with an associated conservatory of music. It has […]

Students make the grade

Jonathan B. Jackson of Temecula, a graduate of Calvary Chapel Christian School and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas K. Jackson, has earned a place on the Dean’s List at Azusa Pacific University. Jackson is a biology major.