Pinal County News & Opinion

Veteran RHP Ross signs minor league deal with Rangers

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Tyson Ross has signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers, though the veteran right-hander initially won't be part of their major league camp. The Rangers said …

Rangers RHP Arihara starts transition to majors from Japan

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Japanese pitcher Kohei Arihara says he settled on the Texas Rangers because they told the right-hander what they thought he could do better in addition to mentioning the …
First Responders

Missing persons, theft reported in Florence

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Florence area Feb. 11-17: Warrant arrest reported at 8:18 a.m. Feb. 12 in the 1400 block of East Diversion Dam …
Utilities

EPCOR to continue COVID-19 bill credit program in 2021

EPCOR USA Inc. is extending its program to help Arizona customers with monthly bill credits into 2021 as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to hit the economy.

Dueling bills tackle ‘conversion’ therapy

Two bills that could define the use of controversial “conversion” therapy techniques said to help gays and lesbians overcome their same-sex attraction potentially are headed for a …
Statewide Reporting
HELPING WARRIORS

Facebook Live session to focus on veteran suicide prevention

In their continuing efforts to prevent suicide and non-natural causes of death among former service members, America’s Warrior Partnership and the Southwest Valley-based Reveille Foundation will host a joint Facebook Live event Wednesday, Feb. 17, to discuss how people can get involved in Operation Deep Dive, a community-based suicide prevention study.
Government

Queen Creek goes virtual with 2021 'state of the town' address

Queen Creek will hold its state-of-the-town presentation on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. Due to the COVID-10 pandemic, the presentation will be virtual. The address will look at Queen Creek’s …

COVID issues loom in Legislature

Arizona legislators have their work cut out for them as they enter their third week of a legislative session that comes on the heels of a tumultuous election cycle and in the midst of a worsening …

2 inmates have escaped from the state prison in Florence

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities were searching Sunday for two inmates who escaped from the state prison in Florence. Arizona Department of Corrections officials said John Charpiot and David …
Opinion

Merrill: Two Guns bridge connects outlaw past to new engineering

If ever a name conjured up stories of former times and dastardly deeds, it’s Two Guns, an abandoned town on Interstate 40 with more tales of the Wild West than a saguaro cactus has needles. …

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Education
Central Arizona College receives Phi Theta Kappa recognition

Central Arizona College’s Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Theta Delta Chapter, has been named a 2021 Recognizing Excellence in Acceptance and Completion with Honors Chapter. Chapters that excel in …

CAC, ASU partner to offer college students transfer pathways with MyPath2ASU collaboration

Toastmasters host virtual impact education and career fair April 9

Central Arizona College receives 'Military Friendly School' designation

Entertainmenet

Rec on the go in Florence

The Town of Florence Recreation Division wants you to get out and get active! Sports equipment is available for use for free. Items available include basketballs, tennis equipment, pickleball …
Scotland's Maxwell String Quartet

Gold Canyon Arts Council presents a 3-in-1 European virtual concert

Enjoy a special three-in-one virtual streaming concert, a European musical “tour de force,” presented by Gold Canyon Arts Council at 7 p.m. Feb. 19, with the video available through May …

COVID postpones The Good Life Festival

A popular spring music festival in Queen Creek has been pushed back to November because of COVID-19.
The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival features "Hunting Elephants," a comedy starring Patrick Stewart about a precocious teen conspiring with three senior citizens to rob a bank to save his mother’s house.

Long-running film festival widens its audience

Documentaries about a Hollywood legend, one of the most infamous men in 20th century America, plus an array of films from around the world that showcase Jewish and Israeli life mark the 25th …
The harvester gathers the olives and puts them in large bins.

The taste of success

With its groves of trees, milling of olive oil, plus outdoor eating, a restaurant, tours and shopping, the Queen Creek Olive Mill has evolved into an agritourism destination. “We’re …
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