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La Mesa California

Gift of literacy

San Diego Oasis staff and volunteers visited Murdock Elementary School in La Mesa for a special holiday edition of their year-long book distribution efforts. The new and gently used books are provided to elementary school students at schools throughout San Diego County. The distribution is an extension of nonprofit San…

Helix boys basketball team features talent overload in 2019-20 season

Helix High School boys bas­ketball head coach John Singer admitted his team is a work in progress this season. “We’ll be up and we’ll be down,” he said. “We don’t have great size but we have good high school size, we’re very athletic and we have speed.” The Highlanders finished…

Bringing holiday joy to children in need

San Diego County ranks fourth of the highest popula­tion of homeless individuals and homeless families with children. Since 2009, the East County Transitional Living Center (ECTLC) in El Cajon has worked to make a difference in these numbers, providing services for both individuals and families to help them get back…

Classroom to honor family’s long-standing generosity

Cuyamaca College is naming a classroom in the Ornamental Horticulture Complex after a longtime benefactor which re­cently endowed the college dis­trict’s Promise Plus program $100,000 for student scholar­ships. The Governing Board ap­proved the classroom dedication recently in recognition of the decades-long support of the Rice Family Foundation, which has donated…

Season of giving should not be season of scamming

This time of year, many folks take time to give back to those who may be less fortunate. Some volunteer for a food pantry or mentor at an elementary school. Others donate to charities that target the causes they really care about. Nobody chooses to get scammed. But tricksters have…

Is there a cure for a hangover?

It’s time to ring in the new year but what can you do to keep your head from ringing the next morning?          Source: CBS 8 New feed

Cure your holiday debt hangover

Budget expert, Andrea Woroch, breaks down what exactly you need to do to knock out that holiday debt that you accrued.          Source: CBS 8 New feed

Grossmont winter teams ready for success

By DAVE THOMAS | La Mesa Courier With the winter sports season off and running at Grossmont High, a number of teams are looking to nab CIF crowns when it is all said and done. In boys basketball action, the Foothillers under head coach Frank Foggiano went 12-14 a season…

Helix winter sports teams heating up

By DAVE THOMAS | La Mesa Courier As fall turns to winter on the calendar, a number of Helix High winter sports teams are heating up. Once tournament play is over for some of these teams during the holiday break, they will turn to league action in January. In boys’ soccer,…

Academic League team wins city championship trophy

By JENNIFER OSBORN La Mesa City Council member Christine Alessio was in attendance at this year’s Academic League match between Helix and Grossmont to present the winner with the newly-created perpetual trophy, sponsored by the City of La Mesa. In this inaugural match for the city championship, Helix claimed the…

Man gets 12 years behind bars for fatal sword slaying

EL CAJON, Calif. — An Oregon man who stabbed a La Mesa resident more than 30 times with a sword was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in state prison, closing a case that was without a suspect for nearly a dozen years until DNA tied him to the murder scene.…

Mistrial for man charged with accessory to murder in bay case

A mistrial was declared on Dec. 5 for an El Cajon man after a jury deadlocked 10-2 as to whether he committed accessory to a murder after the fact by piloting a boat where his friend dumped a body in a barrel in San Diego Bay. A status hearing for…

8 sent to hospital in major injury crash

LA MESA, Calif. — Eight people were taken to a hospital after a vehicle crash in La Mesa early Sunday, authorities said. The crash happened around 3 a.m. on Explorer Road. Two cars collided for unknown reasons and a third car that was possibly involved fled the scene, according to…

Good Samaritan Retirement Center breaks ground for new memory care facility in 2021

Sister Alexandra Matti, director of El Cajon’s Good Samaritan Retirement Center, has a longstanding dream. That dream of five years is coming to fruition. She and other nuns of The Chaldean Sisters Daughters of Mary Immaculate Conception broke ground for construction of a Memory Care Center on Tuesday, Dec. 3.…

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