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Government

New logo, revenue projections highlight Florence Town Council meeting

The Florence Town Council meeting had been delayed by one day due to the President’s Day holiday. When the council meets on Tuesday Feb. 16, it will receive a presentation on the town’s …
News

Economic development project an executive session topic of Pinal County supervisors

An economic development project is one of three topics of Wednesday’s closed-door executive session of the Pinal County Board of Supervisors. The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 17 in the …
Government

Florence revenue will take a hit with prison complex closure

The recent escape of two inmates from the Arizona State Prison Complex in Florence has reignited discussions about the eventual closure of the complex and its economic impact on the town. At his …
development

$2.35M winning bid for state trust land in San Tan Valley

There was one bid of $2.35 million at a recent auction for 26.216 acres of State Trust Land in San Tan Valley. BYPG Holdings LLC was the successful bidder, according to the Arizona State Land …
First Responders

Warrant arrests highlight Florence crimes

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Florence area Feb. 4-11: Warrant arrest reported at 1:40 p.m. Feb. 8 at South San Carlos Avenue and East Butte …
Statewide Reporting
HELPING WARRIORS

Facebook Live session to focus on veteran suicide prevention

In their continuing efforts to prevent suicide and non-natural causes of death among former service members, America’s Warrior Partnership and the Southwest Valley-based Reveille Foundation will host a joint Facebook Live event Wednesday, Feb. 17, to discuss how people can get involved in Operation Deep Dive, a community-based suicide prevention study.
Government

Queen Creek goes virtual with 2021 'state of the town' address

Queen Creek will hold its state-of-the-town presentation on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. Due to the COVID-10 pandemic, the presentation will be virtual. The address will look at Queen Creek’s …

COVID issues loom in Legislature

Arizona legislators have their work cut out for them as they enter their third week of a legislative session that comes on the heels of a tumultuous election cycle and in the midst of a worsening …

2 inmates have escaped from the state prison in Florence

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities were searching Sunday for two inmates who escaped from the state prison in Florence. Arizona Department of Corrections officials said John Charpiot and David …
Opinion

Social workers are essential — especially at Hospice of the Valley

It’s only fitting that the theme of the upcoming Social Work Month in March is: “Social Workers Are Essential.”

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Education
Toastmasters host virtual impact education and career fair April 9

Due to the pandemic, many great highly qualified Arizonans have been laid off and Arizona Toastmasters wants to help them. Arizona Toastmasters (District 3) is hosting its second Toastmasters …

Central Arizona College receives 'Military Friendly School' designation

FUSD names February students and staff of the month

FUSD students will spend more time distance learning

Entertainmenet

Rec on the go in Florence

The Town of Florence Recreation Division wants you to get out and get active! Sports equipment is available for use for free. Items available include basketballs, tennis equipment, pickleball …
Scotland's Maxwell String Quartet

Gold Canyon Arts Council presents a 3-in-1 European virtual concert

Enjoy a special three-in-one virtual streaming concert, a European musical “tour de force,” presented by Gold Canyon Arts Council at 7 p.m. Feb. 19, with the video available through May …

COVID postpones The Good Life Festival

A popular spring music festival in Queen Creek has been pushed back to November because of COVID-19.
The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival features "Hunting Elephants," a comedy starring Patrick Stewart about a precocious teen conspiring with three senior citizens to rob a bank to save his mother’s house.

Long-running film festival widens its audience

Documentaries about a Hollywood legend, one of the most infamous men in 20th century America, plus an array of films from around the world that showcase Jewish and Israeli life mark the 25th …
The harvester gathers the olives and puts them in large bins.

The taste of success

With its groves of trees, milling of olive oil, plus outdoor eating, a restaurant, tours and shopping, the Queen Creek Olive Mill has evolved into an agritourism destination. “We’re …
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