Roads

Final stretch of Meridian Corridor in Queen Creek now open

Meridian Road, from Queen Creek to Germann roads, is now open, providing an additional north-south corridor through Queen Creek.  “The completion of this 1-mile stretch is significant …
Neighbor

Florence council honors long-time volunteer

Mary Battle moved to Florence 15 years ago and was at an almost complete loss with what to do with her life. "When I moved here, I didn't have a life," Battle said during the Florence Town …
Development

Auto Zone, Starbucks coming to Anthem Marketplace in Florence

An Auto Zone and a Starbucks could soon be opening at the Anthem Marketplace at Merrill Ranch.At its Monday, Nov. 21 meeting, the Florence Town Council approved an application by Anthem …
Education

CAC announces middle school math contest winners

Eleven middle schools from across Pinal County -- from Superior to Maricopa – took part in Central Arizona College’s Math Department 17th Annual Pinal County Middle School Math …
'TRAGIC SITUATION'

Pinal County records 1st pediatric flu death of season in Arizona

Pinal County this week reported the first pediatric flu death in Arizona for the 2022 season. “This tragic situation, unfortunately, reminds us that flu can cause serious illness and death,” …

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Election 2022

Sales tax for Pinal County roads failing in unofficial tally

A sales-tax increase to pay for Pinal County roads is failing 50.81% to 49.19% with 135,243 votes tallied, according to the Pinal County Elections Department website. The early unofficial results …
Business

Large emergency veterinary center opening in Queen Creek

A new veterinary clinic that will provide intensive, emergency and specialty care for cats and dogs is opening in Queen Creek next month. Arizona Regional, Intensive Care, Specialty & …
Election 2022

Incumbent in tight race for Florence school board

One candidate holds her lead for one of two, four-year seats on the Florence Unified School District’s Governing Board, while the remaining candidates continue in a tight battle.
Election 2022

Sales tax for Pinal County roads failing in latest unofficial tally

With 109 of 109 precincts reporting, a sales-tax increase to pay for Pinal County roads is failing 50.95% to 49.05% with 117,103 votes tallied, according to the Pinal County Elections Department …
Seniors

Florence Independent hosts first Senior Expo

The Caliente Casa de Sol RV Park was buzzing on Wednesday, Nov. 9 as the Florence Independent hosted its first Florence Senior Expo. The Florence Senior Expo took place from 9 a.m.-noon at 3502 N. …
Clery Act

Crime down on Central Arizona College campuses

One crime was reported in 2021 at one of Central Arizona College’s five campuses — compared to seven in 2020 at two campuses and 20 in 2019 at two campuses, according to a federally …
Election 2022

Meet the candidates for the Florence school board

Two, four-year seats on the Florence Unified School District’s Governing Board are up for grabs in the Nov. 8 election. Three candidates have filed to be on the ballot. Incumbent Steve …
Statewide Reporting
MONSOON

Pole numbers: SRP, APS set records during summer of 2022

Salt River Project and Arizona Public Service reached records over the summer as rain and high winds produced widespread damage and power outages. “On July 17th, we had a storm that caused …
First Responder

Florence area residents relieved after arrests

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office has arrested two burglary suspects who were on the run near Florence for more than 24 hours. Authorities say Phillip Rice, 33, and Michael Anthony, 61, were taken …
ARMED AND DANGEROUS

Burglary south of Florence leads to shooting, search for suspects

Pinal County deputies are searching for two men they suspect were involved in a burglary early Wednesday morning south of Florence. According to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, deputies …
EDUCATION

Tempe-based SRP offers grants to Pinal County, Phoenix teachers

Salt River Project is offering grants for teachers in Phoenix and Pinal County to teachers looking for ways to engage their students in the classroom. “Our educational programs are STEM …
Opinion

Christ: Vote yes on Prop 469

As a business owner and former president of Pinal Partnership, which was formed to increase economic development opportunities and our quality of life, I have not only witnessed Pinal County’s …

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Education

SRP education grants available for teachers

Salt River Project is offering grants for teachers looking for ways to engage their students in the classroom. Teachers are encouraged to apply for classroom grants to enhance learning in the …
Education

Florence schools hires new director

The Florence Unified School District has hired a new Director of Exceptional Student Services – and he’s a former FUSD student. Eric Turner attended middle and high school in Florence …
Nursing

CAC accepting applications for popular nursing program

Central Arizona College is now accepting applications for its new Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse Bridge Program. The program is designed for current Arizona LPNs looking to earn …
Education

Meet J.O. Combs new governing board members

The Pinal County Superintendent of Schools has formally canceled the November governing board election for the J.O. Combs Unified School District, among others. The candidates running for the J.O. …
Neighbors
NEIGHBORS

Jewish Family and Children’s Service looks to help families for Hanukkah, Christmas

Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS) is seeking corporate and individual sponsors and monetary donations for its annual Adopt-A-Family holiday program, which provides families and teens in Maricopa County with holiday gifts for both Hanukkah and Christmas.
Neighbor

Meet Your Neighbor: Jeff Graves loves working and living in Florence

Jeff Graves, the communications & intergovernmental relations manager for the town of Florence, has called Florence home for quite some time. Graves previously worked as a senior budget and …
NEIGHBORS

Free remote, independent living skills classes starting in October

Monthly classes for individuals with disabilities to learn and practice independent living skills are scheduled from 10 am. to noon on the third Tuesday of each month.
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