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Articles by Mary York

Pushing out his chin ever so slightly and furrowing his brows in thought, he asked me, “What was the question, again?”

He is not the first person I have asked, nor will he be the last. I find myself posing this question to more and more people lately, in my attempt to better know and understand the community I am now covering.

“What is the most pressing issue in your community?” I asked him again.

East County may not be the track and field powerhouse of San Diego, but it has its share of standout athletes.

Seniors David Leber and Dylan Coleman of Granite Hills hold the top spots in San Diego rankings for discus and high jump. Leber’s PR for the discus is 163’5, a mark he acquired at the Eagle’s meet against Mount Miguel on Mar. 29. 

At first, Gloria Chadwick’s Oil collection, “The End in Sight,” looks like a proud parade of majestic birds and beasts. A closer look reveals a sadder truth.

Will the paper even be around in 10 years?” a friend asks me. “It’s kind of a dying industry.”

We are sitting at a diner table, drinking coffee and basking in the neon lamps hanging above our late-night conversation. 

“Of course it will be,” I scold. “News will always be anchored in print media.” 

Isaiah Strode promised that he knew what he was doing when he turned down a full ride to the University of Alabama to pursue a professional tennis career at age 18. Two years later, ranked 973th in the world, he does not regret a thing. 

It is a brisk morning on the lake. The sun is up but its warmth has not yet penetrated the air. On the dock that runs toward the silvery center of Lake Jennings, children are beginning to clamber forward, eyes gleaming, ready to cast their lines into the water to reel in their first catch. 

On Saturday, Mar. 24, Lake Jennings celebrated their Spring Carnival with kids pond, egg hunt, picnic lunch and a special appearance of the lake’s very own Easter Bunny. 

Laughter and cheers fill Cuyamaca College’s gym during the annual Heritage Christian School alumni basketball game, where the varsity boys and girls play against former Mustangs who now wear jersey’s emblazoned “Geezers.” 

On St. Patrick’s Day, every American is a little bit Irish.

But I have been Irish every day, my whole life. It has been a whelming narrative that has shaped my view of myself, my family and my country. I am the descendant of immigrants.

Making successful education a reality to many students means providing financial support and Cal Coast Cares Foundation has developed a scholarship and grant program for just that.

Last year, Steele Canyon Cougar Karsyn Swift and West Hills Wolfpacker Sharayah Moore were both awarded $1,000 scholarships for their collegiate pursuits. 

Moore said the scholarship was pivotal in her decision to attend Azusa Pacific University this year. 

The Highlanders are in a good place right now: undefeated, that is. 

The real test of competence comes on Wednesday, Mar. 15, when Helix girls lacrosse plays rival team Granite Hills. The Eagles (5-0) are also undefeated, so the match at Helix promises to be a heartbreaking one for at least one team.