The list of 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools released this week did not include any schools in the Inland Empire. Country Springs Elementary in Chino Hills, the only Chino Valley school to earn this distinction, made the list in 2007 and in 2015.


Because of the lack of funding in the street sweeping budget, the City of Chino Hills will reduce sweeping frequency of arterial streets to once a month, beginning in January. The arterials will continue to be swept twice a month in the fall months when deciduous trees and plants lose their leaves. Residential streets will not be impacted. Athens Services, the city’s street sweeper, requested a 3.6 percent cost increase, which went into effect Oct. 1, and is being subsidized by the city.


Two new tracts in the former agricultural preserve in south Ontario, along the Archibald Avenue corridor south of Riverside Drive, adding 432 residences, have been approved by the Ontario city council for future development. Mainly old dairy land, the developments, extending to Merrill Avenue, have been in the works since 2006.


Fire district employees will wear a pink ribbon pin in October to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness month. Fire district officials are wearing the pins to raise awareness for breast cancer and encourage the public to get screened. 


The county election guide does not have candidate statements for Jeff Vaka and Brandon Blanchard, who are among eight competing for two seats on the Chino Valley school board. Candidates must pay to have their biographies and platforms included. The Champion runs the same service free for local candidates.


The youngest of the three basketball Ball brothers from Chino Hills was ejected from a Junior Basketball Association international game Monday in Lithuania after slapping an opponent in the face and exchanging punches with the other player. LaMelo Ball, who a year ago was pulled from Chino Hills High School by his father LaVar Ball to pursue a professional basketball career, is playing with brother LiAngelo Ball on the JBA USA squad on an oversea tour through December. The JBA was started by LaVar Ball.


A Farmer Boys restaurant in Tulare is one of several across California asking diners to donate to Loma Linda Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital. Poster girl is Lexi Anderson, Chino Hills High student who had a heart transplant at the hospital in March 2017. So far, $720,000 has been donated. A flyer with Lexi’s photo was seen by a Champion staff member in the central California town over the weekend. The Farmer Boys in Chino is not participating,  according to a restaurant staff member. 

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