Here is a look at Surprise history through the years on this week, compiled from archives of Independent Newsmedia, Newspapers.com and the city of Surprise historical records:
Police in Surprise and El Mirage break up a petty theft ring that nets seven arrests. Losses have been valued at around $500.
Former mayor George Cumbie turns in 335 signatures on a recall petition of current mayor Roy Villanueva, four months after starting the drive to have Mr. Villanueva removed from office.
Surprise annexes 167 acres bounded by Union Hills Drive on the north, 115th Avenue on the west, Bell Road on the south and 107th Avenue on the east.
Plans are in the works to bring a four-day Caribbean festival to Surprise in March 1999. City Manager Dick McCombs says the event will out-class Chandler’s Ostrich Festival.
The City Council voted to spend about $5,000 to install about 50 signs across the city that proclaim its support for Luke Air Force Base. The air base was considered for shutdown, with some base supporters blaming growth in Surprise and El Mirage as part of the threat.
Albertson’s submits plans for a store on ten acres of land at Bell Road and Loop 303. The Planning and Zoning Commission signs off on it a week later.