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When Bill Frank first started copying comic strips in his adolescent years, little did he know his talent for art would lead to such an interesting life. more
Recess should be a time for a kid to exercise, explore and have fun with friends — but at Litchfield Elementary School, playground offerings are limited.  Students from third to fifth … more
Beginning next year, the Southwest Valley will have more tools in its kit to help combat the rising wave of homelessness, especially among families. The West Valley Housing Assistance Center, … more
Going on more than six decades, the Phoenix Heart Ball will once again bring a spotlight to the dangers and prevention of heart disease as one of the Valley’s most prominent fundraisers … more
President Joe Biden and thousands of his supporters from around the country attended a White House celebration Tuesday afternoon, lauding the passage of the so-called Inflation Reduction Act, signed … more
There was a big victory in Lisa Bartlett’s last-place finish. The Peoria resident had just taken up running in a serious way three years earlier right before her 51st birthday. A late start? Not for her. more

The roots of Elmar Cobos run deep in Peoria. more
Elmar Cobos has been named the Peoria Independent Hometown Hero in the Coach/Mentor category. more
Peoria Police Officer Beth Griffin keeps her tool belt well stocked. more
Beth Griffin has been named the Peoria Independent Hometown Hero in the Emergency Responder category. more
Peoria resident Mike Heath came to know the spirit of outreach as a boy watching his father, Charles, who owned and operated a Standard Oil/Chevron gas station, donate his free time to several organizations and help people with advice on car repairs. more
Mike Heath has been named the Peoria Independent Hometown Hero in the volunteer category. more
Maylee Acosta says she’s not entirely sure where her passion for service was born but it certainly came to the forefront as a young girl at Sundance Elementary School when she would ask her … more

Maylee Acosta has been named the Peoria Independent Hometown Hero in the Leader of Tomorrow category. more
A new law is one way to change things for the better in this country — that is, if lawmakers could agree on anything these days. more
Theaters across the country were dark in 2020, into 2021, and have only recently begun to find more widespread life since COVID-19 began to spread. more
The inaugural Peoria Independent Hometown Heroes luncheon took center stage, Feb. 24, as 12 individuals who either work or live in the city were honored for their service to the community. more
It was around the sixth grade when Diego Cardenas Rivera started to take an interest in STEM disciplines. At that time he became involved with the MESA program at Peoria High School. He learned about … more
As a fire fighter for the Peoria Fire-Medical Department, Capt. Hunter Clare was badly injured in an explosion at an APS battery facility in Surprise in April of 2019, and has yet to return to full duty work. more
In early October, more than 100 volunteers from Fiesta Bowl Charities and Salt River Project joined KABOOM! to build a state-of-the-art playground at a local community center. The new … more

The worldview of a typical young adult, some parents might say, is simultaneously expansive and very much centered on one’s individual goals, aspirations — and social calendar. But for … more
Since his formidable years Queen Creek resident Jerome J. Ralston knew he wanted to be in business for himself. “I told my mom that I was going to be a businessman and she just … more
Olga Tipton-Tucker’s call to serve her country has long been in her temperament — her dad served in the military for 23 years and she was surrounded by male figures who served as well. more
To Ken Parsons, business and community are intrinsically intertwined. more
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