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LOCAL NEWS & SOCIAL MEDIA
Local news
SPIRIT OF GIVING

West Valley Mavericks, 50 youths go shopping

With the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically shifting operations for the West Valley Mavericks Foundation this year, the organization still found a way to give back and serve those in need.
Dining

Litchfield Park restaurant, Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock announce culinary contest

Young chefs who pride themselves on rocking it in the kitchen have a chance to test their culinary mettle in the Aioli Gourmet Burgers and Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Teen Centers Burger & Shake Creation Contest.
COVID-19 PANDEMIC

COVID-19 cases in Litchfield Park top 820

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported the number of COVID-19 cases in Litchfield Park 85340 was 821 as of Friday, Sept. 25, a 0.74% increase over last Friday and 0.24% increase over …
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

Litchfield Park seeks bids for perimeter wall project

Litchfield Park is rebuilding a wall.
SPORTS & DAILY NEWS BRIEFS
West Valley Preps
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.

AIA revises hopeful start dates for fall sports

During a special meeting Aug. 5 the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s Executive Board approved a fall 2020 high school athletics calendar. This list of revised start dates for practice …
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LOCAL OPINION, COMMERCE & EDUCATION
Opinion

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.
Arizona businesses continue to be affected by the economic impact of COVID-19. Particularly hard-hit are those individuals whose business is the ownership and management of rental homes throughout …
As a Black man who has worked in the community behavioral health industry for more than 30 years, I’ve seen a lot. I’ve seen the struggles that individuals and family members go …
Business

EXIT Realty’s affiliated offices in Litchfield Park and Sun City have announced the addition of four new agents.

Siraj Cook-Davis, 12, and his 11-year-old sister, Brooklyn Pittman, couldn’t stop smiling as they crossed the digital divide Wednesday, Sept. 23.
The housing market in Arizona is gangbusters right now, but how long can the record breaking sales go on?
Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce is looking for entries for its 2021 Visit Southwest Valley Visitor & Relocation Guide photo contest.
Education

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 …

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.
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.
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.
Entertainment
Crockett makes a splash during the Sea Lion Show at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park.

More amenities open at Litchfield Park zoo

Visitors to Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park will find more of their favorite spots open since the facility’s move to phase two of its reopening plan. The facility reopened to rave …
Southwest Ballet Theatre dancers perform in a past production of “The Nutcracker.” December’s performances will mark the sixth year SWBT has staged the holiday classic.

Southwest Ballet sets ‘Nutcracker’ auditions

Dancers of all ages dreaming of performing in the Southwest Ballet Theater’s sixth annual production of Tchaikovsky's “The Nutcracker” at King of Kings Church in Goodyear in December will have a chance to audition next month.
Kathleen Berger of LItchfield Park is among 10 Valley singers who will be featured in Fountain Hills Theater's Sept. 27 show along with six Broadway performers.

Litchfield Park singer to perform in Fountain Hills Theater show

Litchfield Park’s own Kathleen Berger will be among 10 singers from around the Valley joining six Broadway performers Sunday, Sept. 27 for “A Sondheim at 90 Celebration!” virtual …
Ballet Arizona will perform in Goodyear for the ninth year in a row Saturday, Jan. 23 during Ballet Under the Virtual Stars.

Fall, winter events are a go in Goodyear

The show is about to go on in Goodyear.
Activist Rosetta Walker will be featured speaker during Still Marching: Women in Resistance at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18.

Litchfield Park residents invited to Arizona Historical Society virtual events

Litchfield Park residents interested in learning about Arizona's state parks, the Confederacy in the state, the women's suffrage movement and the forces that shaped early Flagstaff are invited to participate in a series of virtual events hosted by the Arizona Historical Society.
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