Not long ago, the school board voted to lay off 183 teachers due to the budget woes. Last week, 25 elementary school instructors learned they wouldn't lose their jobs after all.


Talk about a roller coaster ride!


These are difficult times, and I'm sure the teachers and their families are thankful for the good news. Surely any good news is welcome during times like these.


The reason for the change is due to the state's Class Size Reduction program, which ensures a higher teacher-to-student ratio for younger students.


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With new grass and a new type of fish, Hesperia Lake should be an especially fun destination for Hesperians and others.


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Sheriff's deputies arrested a suspect in last Thursday's check-cashing store robbery.


Taiwan Deshawn Jefferson, 31, was arrested on a charge of armed robbery and booked into Victor Valley Jail.


It turns out a faded red bumper - and partial license plate number - prompted the arrest.


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A reader dropped by the Hesperia Star office last week to warn seniors of a recent scam, which she wisely avoided. She received a mailer declaring that she would win $2.5 million from someone in Jamaica if she wired $150.


Luckily the woman smelled a rat and didn't send the money, but she knows that others may mistakenly follow the directive.


Don't give any money to anyone promising you riches. These are scams. Keep your money where it belongs: in your bank account.