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Former MLB players host Peoria clinic Monday

Local youth will have an opportunity to play with their big league heroes at the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association Legends for Youth baseball clinic series on Monday, Oct. 21 in …

Learn how Peoria Legion helps vets with VA

In this series of articles, we have reviewed the recently signed Legion Act, how the Legion Act affects potential American Legion members, and examples of the many veteran-centric programs that exist in the Peoria American Legion Post 62.

Glendale, Peoria service clubs join efforts in common cause

The General Federation Women’s Club Paradise Valley Junior Women’s Club has donated funds to partner with the Peoria Pioneer Lions Club to install an engraved Friendship Bench at Kachina …

Peoria mayor term limit could increase to 3

The maximum amount of time a person can serve as mayor in Peoria could change from two to three terms.

Even babies must be counted

When officials say everyone in the United States must be counted for the census, they really mean everyone. This includes children under the age of 5
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Panthers add to senior night festivities against Deer Valley

The week eight match up between the Peoria Panthers and the Deer Valley Skyhawks was one to remember due to the high flying offense and the Panthers senior night.   The Friday night game …
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Pioneers punish mistake-prone Lions

Almost every time Liberty committed a drive-stalling penalty on offense or coverage error on defense Oct. 18, visiting Phoenix Pinnalce made the Lions pay.
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West Valley Preps Week 9 football scoreboard

All games played on Oct. 18. All rankings for conference unless denoted for Open Division 6A #20 Valley Vista 49, Tolleson 35 #17 Avondale La Joya 33,  #16 Shadow Ridge …
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Young Mustangs badminton continues upward curve

The fall of 2018 appeared to be a high point for the Sunrise Mountain badminton program. Duplicating their 2016 team, last year’s Mustangs scraped into the Division II playoffs, then upset a …

West Valley Preps Week 8 football scoreboard

All games played on Oct. 11. All rankings for conference unless denoted for Open Division
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Business

Chris Stewart is a huge animal lover, and after managing a pet food store for seven years, he decided to go out on his own and open his own store. Peoria’s Pet Market, 8978 W. Union Hills …

  Wellness spa Salted Desert is now open in Peoria. Owners and Peoria residents Jen and Pete Grant said the new business offers a unique breathing experience in the form of a dry salt …
A Peoria business was recognized by APS for providing proactive, cost-effective technical and professional staffing services at the utility’s Palo Verde Generating Station.
Arrowhead Valley, an all-inclusive, resort-style retirement living community, is now open and grand opening event is 2-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 at 20025 N. 81st Ave., Peoria. Meet live-in …
Education

The American Association of Women and the Rotary Club support voting rights and public education. The Northwest Valley and Sun City/Peoria chapters of AAUW and the Peoria and Sun City Rotary Clubs …

Arizona earned another F this week when a national study ranked the state dead last in school funding — 51st out of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. A nationwide comparison …
University increases for 6th consecutive year   As of the fall semester, Huntington University Arizona has seen an increase of more than 34 percent in total enrollment from the previous …
U.S. Air Force Airman Andrez S. Griego graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that …
Opinion

I read your article in the Peoria Independent with much interest (“Overriding the misinformation,” Sept. 25), and for the last two weeks or so have been doing tons of homework on both sides of this subject.

Let me put my cards on the table upfront. I am a proud, unapologetic supporter of the Peoria Unified School District. I served as a governing board member for 12 years. I have fought for adequate funding for Arizona public schools for 30 years.
Peoria certainly looks quite different than it did 20 years ago. Growth is leaving its stamp on the city with development dominating the northern part of town and population increases marching higher.
Iattended the Peoria school district and lived in Peoria from 1961 until 1968, and then I taught in the district and coached for over 38 years.During that time I have seen some of the high points in …
Entertainment

Health Events Week of Oct 10-16

The following are health events for the week of October 10-16

TheaterWorks opens ‘The Crucible’ in Peoria next month

Arthur Miller classic begins 11-show run   “The Crucible” opens an 11-show run 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 at …

Food truck party comes to Goodyear Ballpark Saturday

The (Food Truck) Round Up goes 4-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way. The Roundup is a food truck …

Peoria Film Fest to host cocktail party, screening opening night

‘The Current War: Director’s Cut’ kicks off 4-day festival   The 2nd Annual Peoria Film Fest will open its four-day …

Vistancia to host inaugural Jazz Fest in Peoria

NOLAZ Band to set the mood with live music   The Vistancia Jazz Fest takes place 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at Sunset Park, …