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Peoria News & Commerce Reporting

Man found dead in Peoria

A man was found dead near the 7500 block of west Peoria Avenue, police said.

Here’s what you need to know about an election change in Peoria

This year’s Peoria City Council election is going to be a little different than in the past.

Peoria Police, FBI arrest Glendale man for bank robbery

A Glendale man has been arrested on suspicion of armed robbery.


Apartment complex in Youngtown sells for $10 million

Youngtown House Apartments, a 64-unit multifamily property near 111th and Peoria avenues, in Youngtown, recently sold for $10 million, according to commercial real estate brokerage firm Marcus & Millichap.

Details emerge about Shops at Lake Pleasant

A new retail center named The Shops at Lake Pleasant is in the works at Happy Valley Road and Lake Pleasant Parkway and the developer has begun the process of bringing tenants to the 26-acre property.

Peoria planning commission denies housing community

In a rare turn of events, the Peoria Planning and Zoning commission denied the rezoning of a proposal that could have brought 76 single family homes on 18.4 acres to the southwest corner of Thunderbird Road and 67th Avenue.

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Carlat: Know the facts about schools, development

Fact 1: Arizona cities are not permitted by law to fund schools, and cities have no authority over the construction of new schools, the location, capacity, or operations of schools.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which gives us an opportunity to take a look at our own driving patterns and the driving patterns of those we love. By bringing attention to our lack of attention, we can create new habits that will keep our focus on the road.

Dwyer: Desire to end orphanages is a noble idea

I loved your article on Moises Natera and Hansel Martz ("Ending institutional orphanages from Peoria," Peoria Independent) fostering children from Mexico. They are to be commended for their loving commitment to offering unwanted children a home. I have been working with an organization that has been operating orphanages in Mexico for the past 60 years.

Harmonic Egg can help veterans

I saw your article about the Casertas and their son (“Peoria family fights for mental health in military”).

Evans: Christians hold many views on Jesus’ resurrection

Every year, Christians from around the world gather for worship on Easter Sunday.

Durfey: A certain ‘trifecta’ could impact Peoria housing market

Home prices in Peoria continue to rise, and our city is one of the strongest seller’s markets in Maricopa County. It is definitely raising people’s eyebrows.
Sports and West Valley Preps Reporting
Sunrise Mountain senior Malachi Marshall leaps during the third phase of a triple jump May 14 during the state track championships at Mesa Community College. Marshall won the event in Division II for the second straight year.

Three Mustangs earn titles at state track meet

MESA — Malachi Marshall had complete control of Saturday of who was going to take the Division II boys triple jump title at this weekend’s state championships. Marshall, by having the …
The Northwest Christian baseball team sticks one finger in the air to signify it is No. 1 after beating ALA-Gilbert North 2-1 to win the 3A state title May 16 at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Ace paces Northwest Christian baseball title win

American Leadership Academy-Gilbert North settled in for its first state baseball title game with a leadoff walk and a single. Little did the Eagles realize the third out of the inning ended their best chance of the night against senior pitcher Dale Fry.
Sunrise Mountain senior first baseman/pitcher Cruz Oxford tosses the ball around in warmups before the Mustangs' April 25 game at Peoria Sports Complex.

Stellar Sunrise Mountain baseball season ends

TEMPE -The end came earlier than expected, and certainly before the 2022 Sunrise Mountain baseball team wanted it. Defending champion and #9 seed Scottsdale Desert Mountain denied the Mustangs a year ago
Sunrise Mountain boys volleyball coach Tony Gale looks into the distance during the Mustangs' 5A state semifinal loss to Cienega May 11 in Vail.

Sunrise Mountain volleyball hits wall at Cienega

VAIL - Cienega fell to Casteel in straight sets in the 5A championship match last year to spoil a perfect season and the Bobcats used this season to scratch out a new and improved identity, a path …
The Liberty girls golf team will compete in the National High School Golf Association 2022 High School National Invitation at Pinehurst Golf Resort in North Carolina, June 27-29.

Liberty High girls golf headed to Nationals

For the first time in the history of Peoria’s Liberty High School, the girls golf team won the D1 Arizona State Girls Golf title, which has earned them the invitation to complete at the national level.
Peoria Neighbors & Good News Reporting
Peoria Neighbors
Lion Sue Kirk, president of the Sun City Midweek Lions Club, presented a $500 donation to Pat Centner, development director at Recorded Recreational Reading for the Blind.

Lions Club donates to nonprofit that serves the blind

The Lions Club recently donated to a nonprofit that serves the blind.
Abrazo Health urologist Dr. Sanjay Ramakumar.

June is Men’s Health Month

June is Men’s Health Month, a reminder that regular health exams can help find problems before they start. It’s important to pay attention to your body and be proactive about maintaining your health.
Scorpion Bay Marina invites you to promote water safety and life jackets by participating in Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day.

Celebrate Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day at Scorpion Bay

Scorpion Bay Marina invites you to promote water safety and life jackets by participating in Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day.

Peoria facilities close for Memorial Day

In observance of Memorial Day, city offices, facilities, the Peoria Community Center and both public libraries will be closed on Monday, May 30.
Peoria resident Kristofer Kautz is one of six Salt River Project employees awarded the 2021 SRP Presidents’ Volunteer Spirit Awards for exemplary dedication to their communities and the nonprofits they support.

Peoria resident recognized for volunteer work

Peoria resident Kristofer Kautz has devoted countless hours to the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Valle de Sol and several other community organizations.
Peoria Entertainment Reporting
Dillon’s Bayou at Lake Pleasant is hosting their Bayou Bachelor and Bachelorette Auction, May 21.

Dillon’s bachelor spin-off supports firefighters at Lake Pleasant

Dillon’s Kansas City BBQ is making waves with their Bayou Bachelor and Bachelorette Auction – a spin-off of the wildly popular reality television shows.
Peoria’s three pools are about to open for the summer.

Peoria city pools open this weekend

Peoria’s three pools will open for the summer starting Sunday, May 22 and Monday, May 23.
Brelby Productions is preparing to take "Luna & Solis" on a west coast tour this June.

Brelby Productions takes celestial fairy tale on tour

Brelby Productions is preparing to take their successful celestial fairy tale, "Luna & Solis" by Brian Maticic, on a west coast tour this June.
Former Centennial High School students, Alyssa Armstrong and Joshua Vern are realizing their dreams of professional acting careers at Childsplay.

Former Peoria Unified students come together in Childsplay production

It almost seemed like fate that Alyssa Armstrong and Joshua Vern would share stages together.
Monday Night Melodies is back in Peoria.

Monday Night Melodies returns to Peoria Main Library

Swing by the Peoria Main Library for Monday Night Melodies.
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