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LOCAL NEWS & SOCIAL MEDIA
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'Controlled chaos' to begin after Thanksgiving with construction on Litchfield Square roundabout

Major construction is set to start on Litchfield Road after the Thanksgiving holiday when workers begin the first of three planned roundabouts--part of the city’s long-awaited Litchfield Square …
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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 …
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Room to roam: conservation group wants to keep the White Tanks wild

The White Tanks Conservancy is sounding the alarm: planned development is presenting an existential threat to one of the most biodiverse deserts on earth. The White Tank Mountains, bordered by …
Local News

Nice yard! Litchfield Park resumes ‘Yard of the Quarter’ award

Litchfield Park’s ‘Yard of the Quarter’ competition will return in the new year after a brief hiatus during the pandemic. The city’s Recreation and Public Grounds …
SPORTS & DAILY NEWS BRIEFS
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WEST VALLEY PREPS

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.
WEST VALLEY PREPS

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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Millennium volleyball survives big swinging Gilbert to make 4th straight final

In all four seasons since moving down to the 5A conference, Millennium volleyball earned a trip to the state final. The fourth trip, clinched Nov. 11, was by far the most difficult. In each of the …
WEST VALLEY PREPS

Millennium volleyball sweeps Sunrise Mountain in quest for 4th straight final

Two state tournament matches down and the Millennium girl’s volleyball team has yet to give up a game in its quest for a fourth straigh 5A finals berth. After beating Centennial High School …
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Desert Edge grinds out win in Goodyear rivalry with Millennium

The calendar has turned and Desert Edge reaffirmed its commitment to "November football" in its  home win against rival Millennium. The Scorpions' 21-7 win Nov. 5 featured its offensive line opening holes for steady junior back Christopher Cordero
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LOCAL OPINION, COMMERCE & EDUCATION
Opinion

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.
It seems like just weeks ago that Arizona was sweltering under one of the hottest summers on record, with many Arizonans seeking refuge in pools or under tall trees in high country. But those days are in the rearview mirror.
Hallow, a Catholic prayer and meditation app that claims over a million downloads, has raised more than $52 million in investments. Prayer apps are not new. Silicon Valley startups popularized mindfulness and meditation apps as early as 2010, although many have criticized those apps for being spiritually shallow.
Business

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 …

Ribbon cutting ceremonies planned this week represent a couple of firsts for the growing city of Goodyear. 
 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 …
Valley grocery chain Bashas' has agreed to be bought by a California regional grocer. The deal between Bashas' and Raley's Holding Co., a regional grocer based in Sacramento. Financial terms of …
Education

Experts have long warned that learning disruptions caused by the pandemic will have wide-ranging consequences for K-12 students. Learning loss may be reflected in Arizona students’ performance …

Though Thanksgiving was technically celebrated on November 25 this year, for 400 teachers across Arizona – including four from Litchfield Park – it came early this year. During the …
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 …
A former Litchfield Elementary School District governing board member is collecting donations for students and families in need at her school and beyond. Dr. Tara Armstead, an achievement …
Entertainment

See some of the West Valley's haunted landmarks

For a landscape dotted with cornfields, overlooked by old ranch-style homes, the West Valley doesn’t seem to have a very haunted reputation. Interestingly, the overwhelming majority of …
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