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Girls showcase their talents in pursuit of a college scholarship

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

HEMET, CA – The cost of a college education is soaring with many of the top schools hovering around the $50,000 mark or more per year. But if a young girl has the talent to catch and throw, pitch and hit a softball, well, she just might land herself an athletic scholarship. And that would no doubt please her parents.

Don and Sue Long smiled when asked: “Did your daughter get a softball scholarship?” Yes she did. Their daughter, McKenzie Long, 16, has verbally committed to Michigan State University.

The cost-savings for the Long’s?

“It’s a $40,000 a year school,” said Sue Long.

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Hemet Valley Chronicle, we shall miss you

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

THE FIRST VALLEY CHRONICLE STAFF, MAY 2001: Jim Fredericks, president and publisher front. Front row from left, Lisa Sotelo, Ann Knickerbocker, Phoebe Ames, Londa Baeza and Donna Harrington. Second row from left, Kim Nichols, Phyliss Harte, Brenda Maher, Lynn Webb, Konnie Sloan and Craig Shultz. Back row from left, Louis Amestoy, Daniel Contreras, Gayle Hilpert, John Fredericks and Amado Gonzalez. The first edition was published on May 16, 2001. (From the original staff, Kim Nichols, advertising and Danny Contreras, design / composing supervisor, worked all ten years for the Valley Chronicle.)

HEMET, CA – Most people have vivid recall when some catastrophic event has happened. I was in Mrs. Pretzer’s eighth grade English class when she tearfully announced that President Kennedy had been shot.

And when the twin towers of the World Trade Center crumbled to the ground in the 9 / 11 terrorist attacks, I was returning from a photo assignment and walking into the newsroom of the Hemet Valley Chronicle newspaper.

Sept. 7, 2011 also sticks in my mind.

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