The Santa Maria Elks Rodeo, set to launch its 64th edition today, promises a lot for greenhorns not familiar with the sport or its local tradition of fundraising.

For many years, the Christmas Parade of Lights was organized and run by the Lions Club of Santa Maria. During the first years, the parade ran south on Broadway, from Fesler to Boone streets. Surprisingly, traffic was allowed to continue on Broadway, using the western lane, and the parade ran…

In celebration of the cooperation, camaraderie and BService Above SelfC objectives, the Rotary Clubs of Santa Maria and Nipomo held a Group 12 joint meeting in November.

The petite president of Santa Maria Rotary South, Billie Jo Cravello, is much like the club she leads: smaller than some but possessing a mighty spirit.

The lights of Broadway dazzled and awed Saturday night as the 2007 Santa Maria Christmas Parade of Lights gave the holiday season a grand introduction

Dolores A. Doran, founder/director of Coastal Voices has announced openings for sopranos, altos, tenors and basses for the 2006-2007 season. Rehearsals are on Monday nights from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. at Saint Andrew United Methodist Church, 3945 South Bradley Road in Orcutt.

It might be one of the smaller churches in town, but First Church of God in Santa Maria has the heart of a congregation twice its size.

The tides of change continued in Guadalupe Wednesday when Herb Sanchez announced he was stepping down from his City Council seat for health reasons.

I see that “Holiday Trees” has returned to Skyway and Highway 135. But, to be fair, it appears the sign refers to the name of the company, Orcutt Holiday Trees.

Altrusa International Inc. of Santa Maria recently hosted the 19th Annual Holiday Extravaganza at the Elks Lodge in Santa Maria.

In this film publicity image released by Lionsgate, Tobey Maguire, left, and Jake Gyllenhaal are shown in a scene from, "Brothers." (AP Photo/Lionsgate, Lorey Sebastian)

Most times when a European film is remade in the United States, the critics cry foul and the U.S. version is usually not as strong.

In our own little hamlet of Old Town Orcutt, we have the best little market ever. Mark and Wendy Steller have taken the mercantile and transformed it into an perfect one-top venue.

My family and I would like to share a heart-warming story with your readers regarding the kindness, generosity and can-do spirit of the fine people of Santa Maria.

Sen. John Boehner (R-Ohio) unveiled his spiffy old Republican retread of a jobs program, left over from the failed Bush administration, when the U.S. lost millions of jobs and the economy and stock market crashed, heading toward a second Great Depression, in order to try to take attention aw…

Have you noticed, when you’re within a dozen or so feet of a smoker outdoors, the smoke seems to fly into your face — no matter which way the wind is blowing. It’s a complete violation of the laws of physics, but it happens.

Let’s face it, most Americans simply are not ready to accept marijuana as a bona fide medical treatment — at least not with regard to allowing pot dispensaries in their communities.

With the number of deaths attributed to the H1N1 virus in Santa Barbara County climbing to six this week, the Public Health Department has scheduled two vaccination clinics open to all residents.

The gray rain clouds mirrored the somber emotions Thursday as the final alarm was rung for Dean Moore, a heavy-equipment operator with Santa Barbara County Fire Department, who died Nov. 29 after a two-year battle with lung cancer.

Demi Urias speaks softly, but carries a big message to her peers when it comes to the dangers of drinking and driving.

Two men whose brush-clearing efforts along a local trail allegedly sparked the devastating Jesusita Fire in May have been charged with misdemeanor violations of county codes, the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.

They’re not jingle bells or silver bells, but the ding-a-ling chime from Salvation Army bell ringers heralds the coming of Christmas just as effectively.

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I see that “Holiday Trees” has returned to Skyway and Highway 135. But, to be fair, it appears the sign refers to the name of the company, Orcutt Holiday Trees.

Altrusa International Inc. of Santa Maria recently hosted the 19th Annual Holiday Extravaganza at the Elks Lodge in Santa Maria.

In this film publicity image released by Lionsgate, Tobey Maguire, left, and Jake Gyllenhaal are shown in a scene from, "Brothers." (AP Photo/Lionsgate, Lorey Sebastian)

Most times when a European film is remade in the United States, the critics cry foul and the U.S. version is usually not as strong.

In our own little hamlet of Old Town Orcutt, we have the best little market ever. Mark and Wendy Steller have taken the mercantile and transformed it into an perfect one-top venue.

My family and I would like to share a heart-warming story with your readers regarding the kindness, generosity and can-do spirit of the fine people of Santa Maria.

Sen. John Boehner (R-Ohio) unveiled his spiffy old Republican retread of a jobs program, left over from the failed Bush administration, when the U.S. lost millions of jobs and the economy and stock market crashed, heading toward a second Great Depression, in order to try to take attention aw…

Have you noticed, when you’re within a dozen or so feet of a smoker outdoors, the smoke seems to fly into your face — no matter which way the wind is blowing. It’s a complete violation of the laws of physics, but it happens.

Let’s face it, most Americans simply are not ready to accept marijuana as a bona fide medical treatment — at least not with regard to allowing pot dispensaries in their communities.

With the number of deaths attributed to the H1N1 virus in Santa Barbara County climbing to six this week, the Public Health Department has scheduled two vaccination clinics open to all residents.

The gray rain clouds mirrored the somber emotions Thursday as the final alarm was rung for Dean Moore, a heavy-equipment operator with Santa Barbara County Fire Department, who died Nov. 29 after a two-year battle with lung cancer.