Family in Urgent Need, Community Rallies for Strong Family

David, Diana, and their granddaughter

The community of Holtville, along with the rest of the Imperial Valley, is coming together to support the family of Pastor David Strong during his illness.  David retired this year due to medical reasons from the Holtville Unified School District, where he was a teacher for 31 years.  He also coached the Cross Country/Track teams at Holtville High School for 12 years.  He and his wife Diana raised their son Michael and daughter Sarah in Holtville, where David has also been the Pastor of Calvary Chapel for 25 years.  This past year has been a devastating year to this family, and now the community is rallying to support a man who has given so much to Holtville, and especially to the young people of Holtville.

Baseball Report

By Bob Hurst

Josh Johnson joined an elite group on Sunday.

The Florida Marlins pitcher allowed one run, a homer to Tampa Bay’s Carl Crawford, in a 4-1 win, giving him eight straight games of giving up one run or less. That tied him with four others who have done it in a single season since 1900, while two have done it more times.

Johnson (8-2, 1.80 ERA) struck out nine with no walks while allowing six hits in eight innings.

Port Officers Intercept 28 Pounds of Cocaine

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Andrade port of entry arrested a Mexican citizen after discovering 28 pounds of cocaine hidden in the vehicle he was driving.   The incident occurred on Thursday, June 17, at about 7 p.m. when a CBP Officer conducting vehicle primary inspections referred the driver, an 18-year-old male, to vehicle secondary for further investigation.           In secondary, CBP officers conducted an intensive inspection that included a canine team on the silver 1995 Chevy Camaro and discovered 10 wrapped packages of cocaine hidden in a specially built compartment in the floor of the vehicle.  The narcotic load has a street value of $224,000.   The driver, a lawful permanent resident of Wellton, Ariz., was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt and transported to the Imperial County Jail pending arraignment.       According to Port Director Ray Nagy, he is pleased with the vigilance of the CBP officers working at the Andrade port of entry.   “I am very proud of the dedication displayed by these officers”, he said. “They are committed in keeping dangerous narcotics from reaching our communities.”   CBP seized both the vehicle and narcotics.