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Desert Edge art teacher named Arizona Art Educator of the Year

If you talk to Ryan Williams about his work as an art educator, you’ll quickly learn that teaching is just one element of his job. He teaches art at Desert Edge High School in Goodyear, but …
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Local breast cancer survivors find healing with restorative tattoos

Litchfield Park resident Susan Nichols was diagnosed with breast cancer 13 years ago. When her finally hair grew back, it was inexplicably curly. People told her it was cute, but Nichols hated …
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West Valley medical equipment 'library' works to meet growing demand

From the outside, the Southwest  Lending Closet is a small, friendly looking building in west Avondale. You might not guess that every year, this modest 1,800 square-foot building supplies …
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Goodyear dogs on a mission to help

Science tells us that dog ownership is linked to myriad health benefits. Dogs can help lower anxiety and loneliness, increase cognitive function and promote better heart health for their human …
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From masks to sugar plum fairies: HOT Foundation gives back

When Helping Others Together (HOT) Community Foundation President Beth McGee started a mask-sewing project in March to help local health care workers, first responders and other essential employees who were in dire need of face coverings in the COVID-19 pandemic’s infancy, she never dreamed how many people would join in the project nor how many masks they’d sew and distribute.

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COVID-19

COVID cases remain steady at Agua Fria, Litchfield elementary districts

Litchfield Elementary School District case count Litchfield Elementary School District reported 66 weekly COVID-19 cases and 682 total cases since the semester began on Aug. 2.  The school …
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Juneteenth now a paid holiday for Goodyear city staff

Goodyear City Council voted Monday to add Juneteenth to its list of paid city holidays, expected to cost the city $123,500 annually. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S., and …
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Goodyear approves nearly $100,000 Super Bowl sponsorship agreement

Goodyear has agreed to pay almost $100,000 for the right to call themselves an “official sponsor” of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, the body responsible for “driving the …
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Phoenix-area food banks expect record need this holiday season — again

Food banks across the Valley are gearing up for a busy holiday season as the COVID-19 pandemic stretches into its 20th month, further exacerbating hunger and need.
Volunteer

Volunteers needed as local food bank prepares hundreds of Thanksgiving meals

All Faith Community Services is gearing up to feed hundreds of families and individuals across the West Valley as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches.  The Buckeye-based food pantry is …
Goodyear Business News

Goodyear approves multifamily at Canyon Trails Towne Center

A Goodyear retail center owner is planning to redevelop the property with a 284-unit apartment complex. TriGate Capital had zoning approved for the multifamily center at the Canyon Trails Towne …
This 112,000-square-foot warehouse in Goodyear is Helix Electric's first manufacturing facility in Arizona. The company plans to open its doors in the early part of 2022, it said in an announcement.

Helix Electric to open manufacturing facility in Goodyear

California-based electrical contracting company Helix Electric is expected to open a manufacturing facility in Goodyear in the first part of 2022. The 112,000-square-foot facility, located on the …

Two businesses opening first Goodyear locations this week

Ribbon cutting ceremonies planned this week represent a couple of firsts for the growing city of Goodyear. 
Arlene Bejarano, branch manager and senior escrow officer at Landmark Title's new Goodyear office.

Landmark Title opens new Goodyear office

 Landmark Title Assurance Agency headquartered in Phoenix recently opened two new offices in Arizona. The growing title and escrow company’s newest branch locations are in Goodyear and …
Existing GXO location at 16560 W. Sells Dr. in Goodyear.

Abercrombie & Fitch Goodyear distribution center to open by year's end

Abercrombie & Fitch and GXO Logistics, Inc’s 715,000-square-foot distribution center in north Goodyear, is expected to be fully operational by the end of the year, the logistics company …
WEST VALLEY PREPS
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West Valley Preps' Goodyear/Surprise girls basketball preview

The girls basketball season began with tournaments this week. Here’s what coaches of schools in Goodyear and Surprise have to say about their teams:
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2021 West Valley Preps playoffs Week 1 scoreboard

First Round games Nov. 19 6A #11 Mountain Ridge (8-3) 40 #6 Mesa Mountain View (8-3) 35 #4 Mesa Red Mountain (10-2) 20, #13 Centennial (3-8) 19 5A #3 Desert Edge (9-2) 43, #14 Canyon …
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All phases go all out for Desert Edge in playoff rout in Goodyear

It’s hard to stand out when a team puts together a near-perfect performance in all phases of the game, but running back Christopher Cordero was impossible to miss Friday night in playoff action.
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West Valley Preps' Goodyear/Surprise boys basketball preview

The start of the boys basketball season is set for Nov. 22. The Goodyear/Litchfield Park Independent and the Surprise Independent asked the local coaches for their outlook on the season.
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Horizon volleyball sweeps Millennium in dominant 5A final display

This trip to the 5A girls volleyball final was far different for Millennium than the previous three. In 2018 and 2020 the Tigers were the overwhelming force, sweeping their way to state title.
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Tobacco kills roughly 8 million people around the world every year, mostly in low- and middle-income countries. The World Health Organization has long aimed for complete eradication of the substance, calling it “one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced.”

President Joe Biden ordered a release of oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve on Nov. 23, 2021, as a part of a coordinated effort with five other countries to tamp down rising fuel prices. The U.S. plans to tap 50 million barrels of crude oil in the coming months, while the other nations  — the U.K., India, Japan, Korea and China  — are said to be releasing about 11 million barrels in total.
Education
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2 West Valley school district overrides defeated by 1,500 votes

Thirty years of continuous budget overrides in two West Valley school districts came to an abrupt end Nov. 2 when residents voted down override measures that provide Agua Fria Union High School …
Education

County superintendent appoints Dr. Dennis Dowling to Litchfield elementary district board

The empty seat on the Litchfield Elementary School District governing board has been filled, after a two-month search by Maricopa County Superintendent Steve Watson.  Dr. Dennis Downling will …
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Unofficial results: West Valley residents vote ‘no’ on Litchfield Elementary, Agua Fria overrides

West Valley voters have opted to end school district budget overrides that have been in place for nearly three decades, meaning two area school districts will lose funding of close to $10 million …
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Maricopa County Community Colleges eye 2023 to offer four-year degrees

Young high school students can begin to look forward to a new four-year college option as Arizona community colleges eye a 2023 launch date to begin offering more complex degrees. On May 4, …
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Goodyear principal named Arizona Administrator of the Year

The Arizona Association of School Psychologists has named Palm Valley Elementary School Principal Jennifer Benjamin it's prestigious 2021 Administrator of the Year. During  Benjamin's eight …
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