Standout students honored at award and scholarship ceremonies

TEMPLETON — Sofia Talarico took home a few awards and scholarships this May. The graduating Templeton Highschool (THS) senior received the prestigious “Eagle of the Year” award, as well as the Top Scholar Cumulative Award, STEM Award, Spanish Award, SAT Award, Life Science Award, CSF Award and the ACT Award. She also received three scholarships presented on scholarship night: The Monday Club Conservancy Fine Arts Award Scholarship, Vocal Arts SLO Scholarship and THS Drama Boosters Scholarship. Talarico will be attending UC Irvine, majoring in Musical Theater and Biology.

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Local hospitals hosting Cereal Drive to help feed local kids during Summer months

TEMPLETON — Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, which houses the only dedicated pediatric unit in San Luis Obispo County, and Twin Cities Community Hospital are leading a community effort to provide area children struggling with hunger with a healthy breakfast during the summer through its Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive benefiting The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County. The drive kicks off Friday, June 1, and runs through Friday, June 8.

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Fires hit the North County

NORTH COUNTY — Three fires broke out in the North County this week. The first was a building fire in the well known Mercantile of Santa Margarita. The others were vegetation fires: one on May 28 which was named the Toleman Fire and the other on Tuesday, May 29 called the Vineyard Fire.

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PHOTO: Twin Cities Community Hospital Receives Award of Excellence

Food and Nutrition Services at Twin Cities Community Hospital has received the Award of Excellence from San Luis Obispo County Environmental Health Services. Food services staff was recognized for their exceptional efforts in food safety and sanitation, exhibiting an uncompromising commitment to providing consumers with safe and wholesome food.

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Friday Night Live teens receive scholarship

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Friday Night Live of San Luis Obispo County has awarded ten local high school seniors with the annual Friday Night Live (FNL) Scholarship. The FNL Board of Directors is proud to point the spotlight on Israel Vargas (Shandon HS), Alejandra Barrera (Atascadero HS), Courtney Basden (Atascadero HS), Julia Aurignac (Templeton HS), Haley Hurdle (Templeton HS), Haley Cudworth (Templeton HS), Amanpreet Mangat (Arroyo Grande HS), and Itzel Lopez Jaimes (Paso Robles HS) who each received $500 and were honored at FNL’s first Annual FNL Banquet on May 17 at 6 p.m. at the SLO Vet’s Hall. Natalie Ziegler (SLOHS) and Bianca Soto (Shandon HS) received $750 scholarships, given in the name of Casey Goodwin, a 20-year-old Cuesta College student and active youth alcohol-prevention advocate, who was killed by a drunk driver in March, 2003. These deserving seniors were recognized for their own advocacy, leadership, and commitment to healthy lifestyles for their peers.

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Program creates healthy habits for life

TEMPLETON — The Wellness Kitchen’s Lead Chef, Evan Vossler joins creative genius Erik Soderholm, a chef with more than 25 years experience, to create a Teen Cooking Program starting May 31; plus June 7, 14, and 28 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at The Wellness Kitchen at 1255 Las Tablas Rd Suite 102 in Templeton.

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‘Mama loves pickleball tournament’ served on Mother’s Day

TEMPLETON — Last weekend, May 12 and 13, over 120 avid Pickleball players from Central California met at the Templeton Tennis Ranch for a Round-Robin Doubles Skills Tournament. Twelve of our Atascadero Pickleball Club (APC) players won “Silver” and are pictured along with Pickleball Ambassador Kelly Forrestall. This tournament was one of APC’s fundraisers toward permanent courts. For more information about APC, call (805) 440-3914. The pickleball tournament was also in memory of Judy Goehring who was co-owner of the Templeton Tennis Club and in support the Wellness Kitchen.

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Twin Cities Community Hospital earns ‘LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader’ Designation

TEMPLETON — Twin Cities Community Hospital has earned its “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader” designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), becoming the first and only hospital in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties to do so. The designation was awarded in the 11th edition of the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), released today. A record 626 healthcare facilities actively participated in the HEI 2018 survey, with HRC Foundation proactively researching key policies at more than 900 additional non-participating hospitals. Of those included in the HEI, 418 earned a “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader” designation.

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Construction begins on new THS engineering building

TEMPLETON — Templeton High School, located at 1200 Main St., is expanding its campus with a new engineering building with a completion date tentatively set for Spring of 2018. THS, like many other schools in San Luis Obispo County, has recently integrate

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Templeton athletes compete at the California Junior High Rodeo State Finals

TEMPLETON — Cowboys and cowgirls — the future of professional rodeo — vied for junior high state championship titles May 11-14, at the 2017 California Junior High Rodeo State Finals. The four day long event, which got underway in Red Bluff at the Tehama D

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Eagles softball team ends season with loss to Godinez

TEMPLETON — The Eagles softball team headed on the road for its second round matchup in the division five CIF playoffs. The team lost in heartbreaking fashion to Godinez 2-1, in extra innings. The softball team had been on a roll for the past half of th

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‘Bippity Bobbity Boo’

In conjunction with the school’s leadership department, led by Matthew MacFarlane and sorority sisters from Cal Poly’s Alpha Omicron Pi, Templeton High School will be hosting a Cinderella’s Closet event and a Fairy Godmother’s Salon for prom this weekend

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Veteran walks Four Corners

TEMPLETON — Parked outside of McPhee’s one Saturday in June was what looked like an airport luggage cart with a an American flag waving in the wind and a small sign that read in bold red and blue letters, “WALKING ACROSS AMERICA FOR PTSD.” Sitting just in

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TEMPLETON — Word on the street is that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. According to brothers Michael and Chris Kobayashi, co-owners and operators of Kitchenette, located at 105 South Main St. in Templeton, that rumor could not be more tru

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LaCaro is THS Eagle of the Year

TEMPLETON — The Templeton High School Class of 2017 Eagle of the Year and Theater Arts Award recipient, Ethan LaCaro was honored with both awards at the Evening For The Stars May 31. Catherine Kingsbury, THS drama instructor, director and manager of the

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Best in the Desert

TEMPLETON — “You are racing competitors, don’t get me wrong, but anybody will tell you that watches it that you are racing the terrain as much as you’re racing the other guys out there” Mike Avila said of racing in the desert. Avila, Chad Normile, and R

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Additional Articles

  • Caltrans improves Hwy 101 ramp at Las Tablas Rd

    SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — Caltrans will begin a project tonight to install Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ramps at the southbound on-ramp to US Highway 101 at Las Tablas Road in Templeton.

  • County expands code enforcement service hours

    SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — The San Luis Obispo County Department of Planning and Building, Code Enforcement will begin weekend and holiday on-call service to the unincorporated areas of the county. Beginning on Friday May 4, residents can call (805) 788-2350 and speak directly with the on-call County Code Enforcement Officer

  • Templeton yard sale this weekend

    TEMPLETON — Templeton’s annual community-wide yard sale Clutter to Cash is back. More than 75-100 garage and yard sales will be held throughout the community starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 14. This event is geared toward keeping unwanted, but useful things out of landfills. Remember: one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. The event promotes recycling, reuse and upcycling. Shoppers can find yard sale addresses and brief description of items for sale on printed maps that will be available this Friday, April 13 at Noon at the Templeton Community Services District Office, Templeton Market and Deli, and Templeton Donuts, as well as online at

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