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Porterville Recorder (Newspaper) - February 26, 2007, Porterville, California COMING EDUCATION Health fair Pupils at Olive Street School participate in health lawyer talks to farmworker INSIDE TODAY ACCENT The Oscars See the the the and the storylines of Sunday's award See PAGE 7A We're seeking your digital photos and stories and calendar information for a new Recorder Web site devoted to families and children in Tulare County - Tulare County The new site will be fully allowing you to share information as well as your directly witna large audience of online Send your information to Editor Glen Faison at Once we have enough we'll launch the Spirit of Freedom your nominations for our Spirit of Hero award by e-mail at Nominations may also be submitted by 115 E. Oak CA 93257. The deadline is Feb 23. TODAY'S OBITUARIES Phyllis Gail Weaver WEATHER ' jr. * * * DRAWING BY tyler van gaasbeek LANDMARK CHRISTIAN Wood No INSIDE FORECAST High 61, Low 37. High 63, Low 41. High 57, Low 37. See PAGE 5A DEAI Wol 7A OPINION 4A IBE COMMUNITY 2A AGRICULTURE JA COMICS & TV 4B NATION 6A HOA CLASSIFIEDS 5-8B 3 A OBITUARIES 5AA VALLEY O THE PORTERVILLE RECORDER TO 784-5000 The cost of auto theft Vehicle theft among the most prevalent crimes in THE PORTERVILLE Robert Davis said he thought auto theft couldn't happen to That was until Jan. 29. All it took was a inch in an auto dent Davis The 56-year-old retired Sequoia National Park ranger was moving into the and left his 1993 Honda Civic overnight at his new apartment on West Morton He never saw it On Davis stood next to a pile of glass shards and charred dirt on a dusty path between acres of green pasture and a plum orchard west of the city On top of the pile was a dulled metallic That's what was was left of his what was left of his Davis pointing to several pictures of a badly burned vehicle whitened by the intense heat from the Missing was the car's engine and transmission His Civic used to be couldn't believe it had happened to Davis my I thought I had done everything to protect myself from car I felt like In the days after the Davis had learned that several of his including a local had their cars Please see PAGE 11A RECORDER PHOTO BY chieko hara The burnt remains of Robert Before it was stolen and the car was City of Hope RECORDER PHOTO BY chieko hara dancers perform Saturday at the City of Hope at the Frank Shaffer Theater in Spectacular night Annual talent show honors its Frank Shaffer By ESTHER AVILA FOR THE PORTERVILLE RECORDER For the first time in the City of Hope Spectacular didn't start with roaming spot nor with Jim Fabulous Studio Band playing the traditional Johnny Carson Tonight Show a tribute was given Saturday to the creator - the late Frank The evening opened solemnly with the solo sound of a muffled snare drum playing a military cadence as the 3rd Brigade Cadet Corps color guard marched in for the presentation of With Doug Scarbrough singing the National a photo of a saluting wearing his U.S. Air Force was shown across the entire backdrop of the And with the show Eric Ball returned as emcee and for three more than 200 performers delighted the packed house with their musical instruments or with their singing and dancing Making her City of Hope debut was 5-year-old McKenna Dressed in a pink grass skirt and the young dancer swayed her hips to Tahitian Also swaying his but to Elvis Presley's was returning performer 12-year-old Trevor The performances from high school sweethearts Randy and Patty Paquette singing to the Fabulous Studio accompaniment of Got a Crush on to front row brass ensemble - baritones and marching tubas playing from Phantom of the But it was the students from Belleview Elementary School who Please see PAGE 11A Tulare crowns its new queen Porterville woman finishes second By TOM PRICE JR. VISALIA - For Brittany the journey came to an end The second runner-up at the 2007 Miss Tulare County Pageant at Fox Theatre in Castillo said the near odyssey of practice and rehearsals gave her a perspective far more valuable than the in see PAGE 11A Spelling contest this week By TOM PRICE JR. THE PORTERVILLE RECORDER From education to this week's calendar in the South County has something for Those looking to learn this week can check out the to seminar by the Master Gardeners or watch the county's top spellers compete at the eighth annual Tulare County Spelling Lindsay resumes its Friday Night Market this The Please see PAGE 11A WW state commander visits Porterville RECORDER PHOTO BY chieko hara David welcomes John State Commander of the Veteran's of Foreign who visited the 24th VFW Saturday at El Nuevo Mexicali II restaurant in Members of local district meet with VILLICANA THE PORTERVILLE RECORDER Members of the District of Veterans of Foreign Wars converged on Porterville for a dinner in honor of their state VFW Commander John Wolfe is the leader of the largest number of combat veterans in the country and was in Porterville this weekend for an official visit and Mike Huerta of Porterville is the local commander of the 24th District covering Kings and Tulare he does is inspects every district in the Huerta said Saturday at El II on Prospect Wolfe was elected state of California department commander at the 86th annual convention in Nev. in June 2006. job is to make sure all posts in the state are in good working Wolfe are 450 posts and 25 districts .in the To be a member of the military veterans must have seen actual Wolfe said he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1958 in Tenn. He said he received an honorable discharge in 1964 and earned his eligibility into the VFW by receiving the Armed Service Expeditionary Medal for his service in Quemoy Please see PAGE 11A
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