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Start here, go anywhere? An expanding Allan Hancock College hopes to offer four-year degrees to North County students

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Start here, go anywhere? An expanding Allan Hancock College hopes to offer four-year degrees to North County students

By KASEY BUBNASH

To Jeremiah Hernandez, getting a four-year degree seemed just out of reach. He was about to graduate from high school in Santa Maria, and his parents, despite their inability to financially support his future, had always pushed him toward the path of higher education. “‘You’re a smart kid,’” Hernandez said his parents often told him. “... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Music: The Santa Maria Philharmonic to open season with Dazzle & Destiny
Canary: WTF, Lompoc
News: Cabrillo High School principal on administrative leave has history of sexual misconduct allegations
News: Sun opinion poll regarding Lompoc City Council tampered with
Art: PCPA closes the season with a stirring production of August Wilson's 'Fences'
 

News

Sun opinion poll regarding Lompoc City Council tampered with

By JOE PAYNE

Somebody in Lompoc really doesn’t like the city’s mayor, Bob Lingl. The Sun saw more than 12,000 votes pour into its online opinion poll within 24 hours between S...

Santa Maria man sentenced to 10 years for meth trafficking scheme

By KASEY BUBNASH

A Santa Maria man was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Sept. 13 by a federal judge in Montana for possessing and plotting to traffic more than 3 pounds of methamphetamine th...

Cabrillo High School principal on administrative leave has history of sexual misconduct allegations

By SPENCER COLE

Jeff Wagonseller, the Cabrillo High School principal placed on administrative leave by the Lompoc Unified School District on Sept. 14, was accused of sexual misconduct with a ...

Lompoc Fire Department appoints new chief

By KASEY BUBNASH

Lompoc announced on Sept. 15 that fire service veteran Gerald Kuras was chosen to lead the Lompoc City Fire Department. The announcement comes about six years after Kuras&rsqu...

Local water agencies incur penalties

By SPENCER COLE

The Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board will address myriad violations that occurred at three separate facilities in May, according to a staff report. The Cali...

Investigation of officer-involved shooting of Fernando Castro finds deputies acted reasonably

By SPENCER COLE

A report released by the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s office on Aug. 29 found that five county sheriff’s deputies acted reasonably in May of 2016 when ...

Political Watch 9/21/17

• Amid renewed efforts by Congressional Republicans to replace the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) introduced the Medicare for All Act, and received ...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Orcutt Veterinary Hospital

By SPENCER COLE

For Dr. Brenda Forsythe, the 10-year span between Orcutt Veterinary Hospital’s grand opening and its decade anniversary celebration on Sept. 17 was like the blink of an ...

Commentary

Rebellion in City Hall

By JOE A. GARCIA

Lompoc City Manager Patrick Wiemiller, during the 2016 State of the City address, instructed his audience to pledge, “We deserve and expect the best in Lompoc.” Wi...

Letters

Aera is responsible

By Rebecca Gowing - Santa Maria

In a letter to this newspaper ("Dirty oil campaign," Sept. 14), a Buellton resident recently opened up regarding his concerns related to Aera Energy's oil extraction...

More to the story in Lompoc

By Justin Ruhge - Lompoc

Regarding your article in the Sun entitled “A house divided” (Sept. 14), it covered the outward visible things happening, but did not address the “why.&rdquo...

Diablo needs to close

By Jane Swanson - San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace

The San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (MFP) applauds PG&E for its decision to close the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. However, our organization asserts that it would be in ...

Sports

Benchwarmer: Where have all the multi-sport athletes gone?

By KRISTINA SEWELL

There was a time in my life when if you asked me who I was I would have answered: “Kristina Sewell, softball player.” Softball was what I knew, year round, from ag...

Katie Magni

By KRISTINA SEWELL

It’s safe to say that running is not everyone’s idea of fun, nor is it something a lot of people do voluntarily because they enjoy it. But St. Joseph High School&r...

School Scene

Santa Maria High School District passes 1 percent salary increase

By KASEY BUBNASH

The Santa Maria Joint Union High School District announced on Sept. 7 the ratification of its retroactive 1 percent salary increase for all employees, effective July 1. Leade...

Golf tournament to benefit Guadalupe Union School District

By KASEY BUBNASH

The Guadalupe Kids Come First Foundation will host its fourth annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser on Sept. 30 in an effort to raise money for the Guadalupe Union School District...

Hancock's Concert Band to perform Fall Pops Concert

By KASEY BUBNASH

The Allan Hancock College Concert Band will perform its annual Fall Pops Concert on Sept. 30 at Santa Maria’s First Baptist Church. The concert, according to a Hancock p...

Canary

WTF, Lompoc

I was quite tickled to see the response to the Sun’s recent reporting on the Lompoc City Council (“A house divided”) and my rant on the matter (“Loop...

Street Wise

What are you studying at Allan Hancock College?

Josue Guedes Ashley Belaney Elias Hunter Josh Bulgin

Arts

Alana Clumeck brings her Western art to Los Olivos' Wendy Foster

By REBECCA ROSE

When Alana Clumeck was pregnant with her first child, she wasn't expecting the pregnancy to indirectly lead her to a thriving career as an artist. Clumeck, who lives in Santa...

PCPA closes the season with a stirring production of August Wilson's 'Fences'

By REBECCA ROSE

All good things must come to an end, and in the case of the Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA), its 53rd season is closing with a production of one of the most compelling and...

Winning Images still accepting entries

By REBECCA ROSE

It’s not too late for local photographers to enter the 22nd annual Winning Images photography competition. Winners will be published in the New Times and Sun’s Win...

Vendors sought for Lompoc Arts And Vines event

By REBECCA ROSE

The city of Lompoc's Recreation department currently seeks vendors for its annual Arts and Vines event. The event features artists, crafters and vendors from the Central Coas...

Humor

Money matters

By REBECCA ROSE

As news broke of the horrendous and terrifying Equifax hack, which has exposed the private information of more than 143 million people, I was struck by one persistent and na...

Music

The Santa Maria Philharmonic to open season with Dazzle & Destiny

By JOE PAYNE

It’s important to open a symphonic season strong, at least that’s what Michael Nowak says. The Santa Maria Philharmonic Society’s music director had that in...

Film

'Mother!' is a challenging psychological thriller

Darren Aronofsky (Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler, Noah) directs this psychological thriller about a couple, played by Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem,...

Eats

Cubanissimo makes a triumphant debut in Orcutt

By REBECCA ROSE

It’s finally here. Following some long months of anticipation, Cubanissimo food truck has finally found its permanent home. I grew up in South Florida, where we had a...

Hot Stuff

Spoof of the Night

The Great American Melodrama presents Phantom of the Melodrama, a parody of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Frida...

California Dreams

Los Olivos Wine Merchant Café presents an exhibit of contemporary landscape art by local artist Sheila Krausse. Show runs through Nov. 2, times are 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p...

Together again

Lompoc High School’s class of 1972 is having a reunion. The event features dinner and dancing on Sept. 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Lompoc Elks, 905 E. Ocean Ave., Lompoc....




Weekly Poll
Who messed with the Sun's opinion poll last week?

Jim Mosby
John Linn
Bob Lingl
The Russians

| Poll Results