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The Journey Continues: The life of James Bryant, Jr.

On occasion of the last Sunday of Black History Month, my journey this week took me to James Bryant Jr. He is the greatgrandson of a slave who moved to Elgin after the Civil War as a free man. James is quick to praise his own father for teaching work ethics and moral values. For 49 years, his father worked for the Elgin National Bank where James learned that any change found on the bank floor was left at the cashier’s cage, not pocketed.

‘Be Froze’

San Marcos’ own Bennie Cherry, a.k.a. BC the Ice God. Submitted photo

‘Be Froze’

Froze means, “Water in its rock-solid form.” BC performs for a packed house at LongHorn Daquiris, a venue that supports local artists. “When someone can feel your energy and then take that energy and apply it to something for them, that’s just the greatest blessing.” Cherry said.

‘Be Froze’

With BC’s first project, Froze Vol. 1, he achieved the certified rank of one million streams on Spotify. Find BC’s music there and on Apple Music, Soundcloud and YouTube as well.

‘Be Froze’

BC the Ice God is the first rap artist to headline a show at the San Marcos’ historic Cheatham Street Warehouse. “Their sound system is amazing.” Photos submitted by Bennie Cherry

‘Be Froze’

Bennie Cherry moved to San Marcos from Las Vegas in second grade, where he attended Crockett Elementary before the new building was built. He grew up alongside his classmates, earning Crockett Cash and getting involved with sports. Like many San Marcans, Cherry played basketball under Coach Charles Austin, who told Cherry that on the court, he had ice water in his veins.

Señorita Rosalita Cleome celebrates her 15th
Señorita Rosalita Cleome celebrates her 15th

Señorita Rosalita cleome celebrates 15 years and 237 awards as recognition of the best cleome in the market. Photos by Norman Winter

Señorita Rosalita Cleome celebrates her 15th

The fiesta de quince años is a celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday, obviously with its cultural roots in Mexico and throughout Latin America. The girl celebrating her 15th birthday is a quinceañera. While I am not exactly sure of the birthday, it was 15 years ago that our girl of the plant world Señorita Rosalita cleome won her first award. Today she has won 237 of the top awards in the country and forever changed the world when it comes to using the cleome in the landscape. Before the arrival of Señorita Rosalita

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Above,  Italian Garden's baked lasagna — layer-after-layer of lasagna noodles separated by perfectly seasoned meat, tomato sauce, mozzarella and ricotta cheeses. Below, Italian Garden's calzone, which comes stuffed with sausage, pepperoni, ricotta and mozzarella. Daily Record photos by Nick Castillo & Lance Winter

Foodie Friday: Italian Garden

E solo cibo delizioso. 

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