Willows (formerly “Willow”) is the county seat of Glenn County, California. Willows is located at the northern end of the Sacramento Valley, where both Interstate 5 and “Old Highway 99” intersect with Highway 162. The city is a home to regional government offices, including the California Highway Patrol, California Department of Motor Vehicles, the United States Bureau of Reclamation and the main offices of the Mendocino National Forest, which comprises about one million acres of Federal land located mostly in mountainous terrain west of Willows. It is a small California town with a population of just over 6,000.

The Town of Willows describes their Vision Statement:

Where we celebrate our heritage of agriculture and outdoor recreation.

Where we foster economic growth and value innovation.

Where you will find all of this nestled in a safe and charming hometown environment.

Pride in the town is evident in the description provided by the Willows Chamber of Commerce:

We are a small, friendly community with a lot to offer both the people who reside here as well as those visiting or just passing through.

We have a beautiful reservoir just a short drive up into the mountains west of town, the Stony Gorge. Willows is the home of several wonderful places to visit such as the Thunderhill Racetrack west of town, Sacramento Wildlife Refuge south of town, and some very nice parks in town…. all with great recreational activities and fun for all ages.

Willows shopping experience includes a large retail store, grocery stores, outdoorsman/sports stores, a florist, boutiques, antiques/collectibles, hardware store, lumber yard and so much more–we’re sure you’ll find what you’re looking for! Plus, we have many beauty, nail, and barber shops for you and your family.

If exercising is part of your routine we have personal trainers, gyms, a golf course and disc golf course at the 20/30 Park.

For the sportsmen, our local hunting and fishing areas are well worth checking into.

Our airport, designed for small planes, is located on the west side of Willows. You can also fly into Sacramento and shuttle here, or drive. The Willows area has several motels to accommodate you, and you’ll find good food in our eating establishments.

No matter how you get here, we’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay!

The small town charm that draws people from cities to these small hamlets in the country is typified in Willows, where the local high school (the Willows Honkers) take great pride in their team’s accomplishments, modest as they may be, and where neighbors not only know but take care of one another.

Solutions for Drug Abuse

Willows is not immune to the threat of substance abuse that is so prolific in the rest of America, though hope abounds: the name of a local rehab center is “Not In Our Town” and this reflects the clean-living priorities of the locals.

While remaining lower than the state averages, the rate of binge drinking, alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents, drug- and alcohol-related arrests and drug- and alcohol-related hospital admissions all saw a steady increase in the county over recent years.

The Willows Unified School District provides a comprehensive list of warning signs for parents to look out for, followed by a “What Parents Can Do” list which includes: “Take action! Contact the Counselor, At-Risk Advisor or School Psychologist at your child’s school, and/or seek professional help and advice.”

Sobering statistics on teen drunk driving are fueling increasing efforts to raise the bar on preventative education state-wide in California, where alcohol use among teens is a serious matter. Consider the following statistics:

The average boy takes his first drink at age 11. The average girl, at age 13.
Every day an average of 11,318 teens try alcohol for the first time.
More than half of high school seniors report that they have been drunk at least once.
Three million teens are alcoholics.
Americans drink the heaviest in their teens to mid-twenties.

Teens who drive while under the influence are more likely to be in an accident than adults who drive while intoxicated. Experts believe this is because teens have less driving experience and often overestimate their driving abilities. Teens also engage in more risk-taking behaviors, such as speeding.

Teen alcohol use kills 4,700 people each year. That’s more than all illegal drugs combined. About one in seven teens binge drinks, yet only 1 in 100 parents believe his or her child drinks. These statistics come from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver. This is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from the ravaging consequences of those driving under the influence.

Take action! This advice from the Willows School District holds true for anyone with a loved one suffering through substance abuse. Glenn County has a number of excellent facilities providing assistance to those seeking to find a better way.

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