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LIVING WITH PURPOSE

Goodyear man puts ‘Just Keep Pushing’ motto to the test

When he crossed the finish line in Phoenix at the end of his recent two-week, 334-mile Run 4 Life across Arizona, Goodyear resident Jimmy Scroggins collapsed into his wife’s arms before catching his breath and delivering a message to the assembled crowd — the same message the has dedicated his life to spreading to youngsters around the world.

Fall Prevention Week tips to reduce risk of falls, injury

The coronavirus pandemic has changed a lot of things. One thing that’s still the same?
NEIGHBORS

St. Mary’s sets September as Hunger Action Month

In a year unlike any other, St. Mary’s Food Bank celebrates its 53rd year feeding Arizona’s hungry in 2020.
COMMUNITY

New loaner library launches at Luke AFB

Luke airmen have created a community-based resource to help educate children while bringing the families together.

Arizona Historical Society license plate gets new look

In time for Arizona’s monsoon season, the Arizona Historical Society has a new specialty license plate that pays homage to the state’s powerful summer storms.

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2020 GENERAL ELECTION

Second LESD candidate leaves governing board race

The race for three open seats on Litchfield Elementary School District’s Governing Board is effectively over, but it can’t be called as uncontested and canceled until write-in candidates Dr. Tawnya Pfitzer and Ryan Risselman submit official withdrawal forms.
GOVERNMENT

City Council eyes Civic Square preliminary plat

The Goodyear City Council will consider a Planning and Zoning Commission recommendation to approve the preliminary plat for Parcel A of the long-awaited Civic Square at Estrella Falls when it meets in regular session at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28.

Last chance to be counted for Census 2020

Census 2020 is on the homestretch with critical door-knocking, online, phone and mail efforts coming to an end Sept. 30. For the first, time residents may choose to be counted online, and may do …
Fiesta Bowl Charities

Wishes for Teachers builds bridge to close Arizona classroom funding gap

A fundamental keystone to what makes America a special place is equitable access to quality public education no matter where a young person calls home. But despite this agreed-upon truth, for …
SOUTHWEST VALLEY GROWTH

Goodyear’s sitting pretty for development

An economic development expert who works with cities throughout the Valley to locate large corporations in their communities said Goodyear is positioned to easily handle the industrial construction boom it’s experiencing as well large-scale office building construction he predicts will reignite in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Goodyear Business News
The addition of the emergency medicine and transitional year residency programs at Abrazo West Campus in Goodyear expands the number of medical residency programs offered by Abrazo Health to five.

Abrazo West launches two new medical residencies

Abrazo West Campus has launched two new graduate medical residency programs — one in emergency medicine and the other a transitional year — offering medical school graduates required experience in a variety of different specialties as they transition to their chosen area of practice.
Amazon’s only high-tech robotics fulfillment center in the Phoenix area is expected to open by the end of the year at Bullard Avenue and Yuma Road.

No slowdown for Goodyear industrial boom

Some large-scale industrial developments scheduled for completion by the end of the year in Goodyear are the result of a more than a decade of forward-thinking by the City Council, staff and developers, the city’s economic development director said.
MiTek will take occupancy of its new space at 7506 W. Lincoln St. in Tolleson on Nov. 1.

Construction supplier expanding in Tolleson

MiTek, a diversified global supplier of services and products to the residential and commercial construction sectors, has expanded its presence in Arizona by leasing 412,921 square feet of industrial space in two Tolleson manufacturing buildings. 
Mariyah Redden, a student at Desert Palms Elementary in Glendale, shows off a laptop she received from Laptops 4 Learning.

Laptop drive to benefit Goodyear students

Litchfield Elementary School District students will benefit from a Desert Financial Credit Union drive to raise up to $40,000 to purchase reliable laptops for students around the state.
Centella, Estrella’s newest neighborhood, will feature five floor plans designed by the New Home Co. specifically for Estrella.

Estrella’s newest neighborhood to feature five two-story models

Estrella by Newland, a 20,000-acre mixed-use master-planned community in Goodyear, announced the addition of its newest neighborhood, Centella by the New Home Co.
WEST VALLEY PREPS
WEST VALLEY PREPS

West Valley Preps' Goodyear/Phoenix girls volleyball preview

A somewhat shorter high school girls volleyball season began Sept. 21 at schools across the state. West Valley Preps and Goodyear Independent asked local high school coaches about their teams.
WEST VALLEY PREPS

2020 Preps football preview: Millennium

Lamar Early knew his 2020 Millennium football team was up against it. And that was before the coach was exposed to COVID-19 through family members and the pandemic wiped out much of the young …
West Valley Preps

Football games to start Sept. 30, girls volleyball Sept. 21

Massive reductions in the number of new COVID-19 cases in Arizona in August allowed the Arizona Interscholastic Association to solidify its fall sports calendar.  
WEST VALLEY PREPS

West Valley Preps' Goodyear/Surprise girls golf preview

The high school girls golf season began this week at schools across the state.
WEST VALLEY PREPS

West Valley Preps' Goodyear/Surprise boys golf preview

The high school boys golf season began this week at schools across the state.
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Opinions

We’re moving a little faster back into the world.

In the “A”-rated Litchfield Elementary School District, we rely on strong partnerships to offer academic rigor in a caring environment to more than 12,000 students. We often say that schools cannot do it alone, because we are aware that our educational excellence is tied directly to the support and engagement of our families and community.
Education
SCHOOL SPIRIT

Soto Storm helps school custodian chill

In honor of the pride and school spirit she instills across campus, the Belen Soto Elementary School community showered its beloved day custodian with a special gift of appreciation. Lisa LaCasse …
EDUCATION

Catholic Charities Head Start expands to Avondale, Tolleson

Catholic Charities’ Westside Head Start Program is expanding into the Littleton Elementary School District, which covers schools in Avondale and Tolleson, to assist parents in better fostering …
EDUCATION IN THE COVID-19 ERA

Southwest Valley school districts prepare for students’ return to campus

Students in at least one Southwest Valley school district could begin transitioning from distance learning to partial in-person instruction as soon as Wednesday, Sept. 16.
CHILD NUTRITION

LESD's free grab-and-go meals program extended through Dec. 31

Litchfield Elementary School District will not have meal service Monday, Sept. 7 due to the Labor Day holiday, but grab-and-go pickups will resume at 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8.
2020 GENERAL ELECTION

Three Litchfield Elementary School District seats open in November

Of the three main school districts serving Goodyear and Litchfield Park, only Litchfield Elementary School District has a contested governing board race on the ballot Tuesday, Nov. 3.
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