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Porterville Recorder (Newspaper) - February 26, 2007, Porterville, California COMING TUESDA EDUCATION Health fair Pupils at Olive Street School participate in health fair; UFW lawyer talks to farmworker families. INSIDE TODAY ACCENT The Oscars See the surprises, the winners, the losers, and the storylines of Sunday's award show. See PAGE 7A We're seeking your digital photos and videos, stories and calendar information for a new Recorder Web site devoted to families and children in Tulare County - Tulare County Kids. The new site will be fully interactive, allowing you to share kid-frisfHy information as well as your cripnccomplishments directly witna large audience of online readers. Send your information to Editor Glen Faison at . Once we have enough information, we'll launch the site! Spirit of Freedom "Submit your nominations for our Spirit of Freedom/Unsung Hero award by e-mail at . Nominations may also be submitted by mail, 115 E. Oak Ave., Porterville, CA 93257. The deadline is Feb 23. TODAY'S OBITUARIES Phyllis Gail Weaver WEATHER t-i-ki ' jr. * * * I* �A DRAWING BY tyler van gaasbeek LANDMARK CHRISTIAN Wood Burning: No restrictions. INSIDE FORECAST Sunday: High 61, Low 37. Monday: High 63, Low 41. Tuesday: High 57, Low 37. See PAGE 5A DEAI Wol .RABBY 7A OPINION 4A IBE "6A COMMUNITY 2A AGRICULTURE JA SPORTS________V3B COMICS & TV 4B NATION 6A 'STATE HOA CLASSIFIEDS 5-8B 3 A OBITUARIES 5AA VALLEY O THE PORTERVILLE RECORDER www.recorderonllne.com TO SUISCMK, CAU. 784-5000 The cost of auto theft Statistics: Vehicle theft among the most prevalent crimes in Porterville. ""'"~By ^RONWrGIN ____ THE PORTERVILLE RECORDER__......__ Robert Davis said he thought auto theft couldn't happen to him. That was until Jan. 29. All it took was a two-and-a-half inch woodscrew in an auto dent puller, Davis said. The 56-year-old retired Sequoia National Park ranger was moving into the city, and left his 1993 Honda Civic overnight at his new apartment on West Morton Avenue. He never saw it again. On Friday, 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 limits. On top of the pile was a dulled metallic "H." That's what was was left of his car. Actually, what was left of his car, Davis said, pointing to several pictures of a badly burned vehicle frame, whitened by the intense heat from the flames. Missing was the car's engine and transmission block, His Civic used to be red. "I couldn't believe it had happened to me," Davis said. "All my life, I thought I had done everything to protect myself from car theft. I felt like crying." In the days after the theft, Davis had learned that several of his friends, including a local pastor, had their cars stolen. Please see THEFT, PAGE 11A RECORDER PHOTO BY chieko hara The burnt remains of Robert Davis' car. Before it was stolen and torched, the car was red. City of Hope RECORDER PHOTO BY chieko hara Yoiing dancers perform Saturday at the City of Hope at the Frank 'Buck' Shaffer Theater in Porterville. Spectacular night Annual talent show honors its founder, Frank 'Buck' Shaffer By ESTHER AVILA FOR THE PORTERVILLE RECORDER For the first time in years, the City of Hope Spectacular didn't start with roaming spot lights, nor with Jim Kusserow's Fabulous Studio Band playing the traditional Johnny Carson Tonight Show theme. Instead, a tribute was given Saturday to the show's creator - the late Frank "Buck" Shaffer. , 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 colors. With Doug Scarbrough singing the National Anthem, a photo of a saluting Shaffer, wearing his U.S. Air Force uniform, was shown across the entire backdrop of the stage. And with that, the show began. Eric Ball returned as emcee and for three hours, more than 200 performers delighted the packed house with their musical instruments or with their heel-clicking, baton-twirling, singing and dancing acts. Making her City of Hope debut was 5-year-old McKenna Burns. Dressed in a pink grass skirt and midriff, the young dancer swayed her hips to Tahitian music. Also swaying his hips, but to Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock," was returning performer 12-year-old Trevor Jarrett. The performances continued, from high school sweethearts Randy and Patty Paquette singing to the Fabulous Studio Band's accompaniment of "I've Got a Crush on You" to Synergy's front row brass ensemble - trumpets, mel-lophones, baritones and marching tubas playing "Masquerade" from Phantom of the Opera. But it was the students from Belleview Elementary School who Please see HOPE, PAGE 11A Tulare crowns its new queen Local: Porterville woman finishes second runner-up. By TOM PRICE JR. VISALIA - For Brittany Castillo, the journey came to an end Saturday. The second runner-up at the 2007 Miss Tulare County Pageant at Fox Theatre in Visalia, Castillo said the near two-month odyssey of practice and rehearsals gave her a perspective far more valuable than the $2,000 in schol-Please see QUEEN, PAGE 11A Spelling contest this week By TOM PRICE JR. THE PORTERVILLE RECORDER From education to entertainment, this week's calendar in the South County has something for everyone. Those looking to learn this week can check out the "How to Landscape" seminar by the Master Gardeners or watch the county's top spellers compete at the eighth annual Tulare County Spelling Championship. Lindsay resumes its Friday Night Market this week. The Please see HAPPENING, PAGE 11A WW state commander visits Porterville RECORDER PHOTO BY chieko hara David Huerta, left, welcomes John Wolfe, State Commander of the Veteran's of Foreign Wars, who visited the 24th VFW District; Saturday at El Nuevo Mexicali II restaurant in Porterville. Dinner: Members of local district meet with Wolfe. By:liARAHj ELI^JsiifH VILLICANA THE PORTERVILLE RECORDER Members of the Tulare-Kings District of Veterans of Foreign Wars converged on Porterville for a dinner in honor of their state commander. 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 inspection. Mike Huerta of Porterville is the local commander of the 24th District covering Kings and Tulare counties. "What he does is inspects every district in the state," Huerta said Saturday at El Nueyo Mexacali II on Prospect Street. Wolfe was elected state of California department commander at the 86th annual convention in Reno, Nev. in June 2006. "My job is to make sure all posts in the state are in good working order," Wolfe said. "There are 450 posts and 25 districts .in the state." To be a member of the VFW, military veterans must have seen actual combat. Wolfe said he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1958 in Memphis, 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 VFW, PAGE 11A
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