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(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Hanah Abercrombie)

An unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile was successful test launched from the Central Coast Tuesday morning.

The Minuteman III missile lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 12:21 a.m., flying more than 4,000 miles to a test range in the South Pacific. 

Santa Barbara County’s agricultural industry had a big year in 2019, with a more than 5% increase in the value of crops, according to the county's just-released annual crop report.

It shows the total valuation of the crops was $1.6 billion dollars in 2019, up $78 million dollars from 2018.

The surge in new coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coasts is continuing, with more than 880 additional cases reported over the weekend.

Ventura County added 556 new cases from Friday through Sunday, for a total of 5748.  Santa Barbara County picked up 232 over the three-day period, bringing it to 4991.  And, San Luis Obispo County picked up 93, to reach 1306 cases.

Despite the ongoing coronavirus crisis, unemployment numbers are showing big improvement for the state, as well as for the Central and South Coasts.

The number of new coronavirus cases is nearing the 10,000 mark on the Central and South Coasts.  There are now a total of 9765 confirmed cases in the region.

Ventura County reported 373 new cases from Friday through Sunday, and Santa Barbara County had 197.

Ventura County has 4619 cases, Santa Barbara County 4140, and San Luis Obispo County 1006.  Most of those diagnosed with the virus have already recovered.

The ongoing surge in new coronavirus cases in California has prompted the governor to order more than two dozen of the hardest hit counties to pull back on some business reopenings.  Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties are among the counties impacted by the new shutdown order issued by the governor.

It’s been a rough two weeks for the battle against coronavirus on the Central and South Coasts, with the number of new cases continuing to surge in the region. 

The county’s most recent update included 75 new cases, with the total standing at 3943 Monday morning.

Three additional coronavirus related deaths have been reported on the Central and South Coasts, bringing the region’s total to 86.  Ventura County had two new deaths, for a total of 53.  San Luis Obispo County had its fourth death. And, Santa Barbara County has had 29 deaths.

The spike in confirmed coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coasts continues, with 283 new cases reported Wednesday.  The growing numbers have health officials worried.  8636 cases have now been documented on the Central and South Coasts.

Ventura County had 125 new confirmed coronavirus cases Wednesday, bringing its total to 3983. Santa Barbara County increased by 121, to 3808.  And, San Luis Obispo County had a daily hike of 37, to 845 cases.

The number of diagnosed coronavirus cases tops the 8200 mark on the Central and South Coasts.

The total number for the region is 8209 cases.  Ventura County is at 3789.  Santa Barbara County reached 3655, reporting 171 additional cases Monday.  And, San Luis Obispo County is at 765 cases.

A continuing spike in new coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coasts has prompted Santa Barbara County to join Ventura County in closing its beaches for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

A new Grand Jury report questions how well Santa Barbara County has handled the legalization of cannabis, saying that instead of taking a balanced approach it simply opened the floodgates to the industry.

It says there’s an excessive amount of cannabis production for a county it’s size.  It asserts the county failed to adequately address how production is impacting the health and welfare of county residents.

California has paused more coronavirus related reopenings in light of the surge of new diagnosed cases in the state.  About 4900 new cases were reported statewide Friday.  The state has passed the 200,000 case mark.  On the Central and South Coasts, there are now more than 5500 diagnosed cases.  The total for the region is 5556 cases.

Coronavirus is surging statewide, including here at home, on the Central and South Coasts.

200 new cases were reported in the region Wednesday, including 99 in Ventura County.  Ventura County’s Public Health Officer says we are at a critical point in efforts to contain it.  Dr. Robert Levin says with the reopening of much of the economy, many people are acting like the crisis is over, when it’s not.

Santa Barbara County health officials are concerned about a spike in new coronavirus cases, and an increase in the number of hospitalizations.  They say while there is still solid empty hospital capacity, they are also worried about the potential for intensive care units  to fill up rapidly.