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  • Last-minute holiday shopping could bring big business

    December 22, 2011 3:15 AM

    The holiday shopping season hasn't died down since black Friday kicked off last month. According to the research firm, Shopper Trak, sales from November through Saturday rose 2.5%. Now, retailers are hoping shoppers will continue their holiday spending during these final days before Christmas. This is the first... more »
  • Christmas Day double murder suspect declared mentally competent to stand trial

    March 22, 2011 1:47 PM

    Based on documents provided by doctors, a San Luis Obispo Superior Court judge has determined Andrew Downs mentally competent to stand trial in the Christmas Day murders of two women. Judge John Trice made the ruling in court Tuesday morning. Downs is accused of murdering Kathy Yeager and... more »
  • Hearing for man accused of Christmas Day murders postponed

    March 3, 2011 12:45 PM

    The release of a third doctor's reports on the mental health of an Atascadero man accused in a double murder is delayed. 20-year-old Andrew Downs was expected in a San Luis Obispo court Thursday morning, to find out a third doctor's take on his mental status. Two doctors were... more »
  • Red Cross finds housing for all Guadalupe evacuees

    December 24, 2010 10:24 PM

    Families staying at the Red Cross shelter in Guadalupe will have a home for Christmas, just not their own. The Red Cross says it found alternate housing in Guadalupe for everyone still at the shelter. The shelter was set up at city hall earlier this week after families had to... more »
  • Shoppers rush to pick up last minute gifts

    December 24, 2010 2:36 AM

    Tomorrow night, Santa heads into the skies but tonight local shoppers were grabbing up some last minute buys. Nationwide, the last minute rush caps off the best year since 2007 and possibly ever. Both locally-owned and big box stores hope to finish strongly tomorrow. It's an annual tradition some... more »
  • Organization donates gifts to seniors in need

    December 2, 2010 9:41 PM

    A local organization is asking for your help in bringing a little joy to some Central Coast seniors this year. Home Instead Senior Care is hosting its sixth annual "Be a Santa to a Senior" program for San Luis Obispo County. It helps distribute gifts to seniors who can't... more »
  • Christmas terror suspect pleads not guilty

    January 8, 2010 2:29 PM

    DETROIT (AP) - A not guilty plea has been entered on behalf of a Nigerian man charged with attempting to blow up a Detroit-bound U.S. airliner on Christmas Day. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was arraigned Friday on six charges. The most severe carries up to life in prison - the attempted... more »
  • Curbside collection of Christmas trees

    December 28, 2009 2:03 PM

    In the city of Santa Maria, there will be a curbside collection of Christmas trees on regular city residential collection days during the week of January 4, 2010 through January 8, 2010. Organizers want to remind people that this is only for residential collection routes. Santa Barbara County residents... more »
  • Holiday fire safety tips

    December 25, 2009 8:33 PM

    As you enjoy the holidays, Santa Maria firefighters want to pass along a few safety tips. They say keep gift wrapping away from Christmas tree lights. Don't over-load your outlets and be sure to use a surge protector. Also, if you have a real tree, be sure to water... more »
  • Holiday shoppers hit the stores for last minute gifts

    December 21, 2009 4:37 PM

    Holiday shoppers are out in droves picking up last minute items for the people on their lists. Retailers say it's been a busy shopping season, with customers opting for less expensive gifts. One shopper in San Luis Obispo says, "I don't have much money but I wanted to get people... more »
  • Salvation Army cooks up a BBQ Christmas

    December 18, 2009 6:42 PM

    The Salvation Army in Santa Maria cooked up a non traditional Christmas meal on Friday. Needy families were invited to enjoy ribs, chicken, beans and garlic bread. The organization usually serves up more traditional Christmas food like a Christmas ham, but this year, a barbeque pit was donated to cook... more »
  • Dave Hovde's Christmas predictions

    December 15, 2009 10:50 AM

    I will tell you something I can predict right now. Santa will deliver a lot of gifts to children around the globe. What looks a little more challenging is to predict if he'll need Rudolph's red nose to steer through rain on the Central Coast around Christmas. Outside of... more »
  • Christmas wonderland in Texas

    December 11, 2009 5:42 PM

    A lot of people love to look at Christmas lights and decorations, but there is a woman in Texas who loves to put them up. 81-year-old Sissy Moore is serious about Christmas. "I love Christmas. I love what it represents. To me it's all about our lord and savior... more »
  • San Luis Obispo family goes Christmas Crazy to help charity

    December 5, 2009 10:57 PM

    A San Luis Obispo family has gone Christmas-crazy, with snow and all! The 12th annual Calandro Christmas-crazy party was held Saturday. It's not just a good reason to have some holiday fun, it's a charity event as well. People bring canned food and gifts, and then all those goods... more »
  • "Operation Kids Christmas" held at Vandenberg AFB

    December 5, 2009 6:47 PM

    With lights and sirens blaring, local children are welcomed to Vandenberg Air Force Base for a special holiday event. The focus at Vandenberg Saturday, was on "Operation Kids' Christmas." It's a party held each year for underprivileged children in the community. Each of the 200 kids involved were teamed... more »

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