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Who is Matthew Williams? Meet the man behind the desk

Spend a few minutes in Matthew Williams’ office, and it quickly becomes apparent what he’s passionate about.

Agua Fria UHSD families can sign up now for free Summer Food Services Program

Families participating in Agua Fria Union High School District’s annual Summer Food Service Program this year will have two options for receiving the free meals, district officials announced.

Assaults, fraud, burglaries, thefts reported April 6-11 in Goodyear, Litchfield Park

The following crime reports were taken in Goodyear and Litchfield Park from April 6-11.

Goodyear Police searching for man who may have tried to lure child into his vehicle

Goodyear Police have released a sketch of a man suspected of trying to lure a Westar Elementary School student into his vehicle.

Litchfield Park terminates contract with sheriff’s office

Come July, Litchfield Park will have a new police services provider.
West Valley Preps

2021 All-West Valley Preps girls basketball team

For the seventh year, West Valley Preps has announced honors for the best girls basketball players it covers in the West Valley.

2021 All-West Valley Preps boys soccer team

For the sixth straight year, West Valley Preps watched enough soccer to put together a credible all Northwest Valley team.

2021 All-West Valley Preps girls soccer team

For the sixth straight year, West Valley Preps watched enough soccer to put together a credible all Northwest Valley team.

Millennium girls work way back to dominance for 5A three-peat

GILBERT - In the history books it will look like an unbroken line, a third straight dominant Millennium girls basketball 5A state title run in 2021. Beyond the box score this season was very different.

Millennium dominates rubber match with Verrado, keeps 3-peat bid alive

Millennium rolled to a chance for its third 5A state consecutive title, as the visiting #3 Tigers defeated the #2 Verrado Vipers 47-24 in the semifinals on Wednesday night.
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Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive order on March 25 certainly had and will continue to have an impact on our community. Whether you agree or disagree with the transition of “required” virus mitigation to “recommended,” it’s here.

I’m writing this as the governors of Texas and Mississippi are announcing the lifting of their state-wide mask and other virus-related mandates.
COVID-19 has dominated the medical space for the last year. As we continued to learn more about the coronavirus, we learned that people with underlying conditions like diabetes and obesity are more susceptible to contracting the virus.
I was diagnosed with T-cell leukemia a month before my 7th birthday.

Goodyear and Litchfield Park residents craving unique munchies close to home are in luck. Several new eateries are now open in both communities.

The Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce announced April 8 that Jeffre Campos, executive director of Global Chamber Denver and Chicago, has been hired to replace outgoing President and CEO John Safin.
Modern Tortilla, part of the Aioli Gourmet Burgers family of restaurants and food trucks, has opened its first brick-and-mortar location in Litchfield Park Fry’s Marketplace.
Immigrant business owners and entrepreneurs face unique challenges when it comes to accessing resources to start and develop a business.

For more than 20 years, AZ529, Arizona’s Education Savings Plan, has helped families accumulate more than $1.9 billion in tax-deferred education savings.

Nearly 1,900 members of Agua Fria Union High School District’s Class of 2021 are expected to attend in-person graduation ceremonies Saturday, May 15, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale.
Rotary Club of Goodyear PebbleCreek is accepting applications from Southwest Valley students interested in vying for one of five $1,000 scholarships it plans to award to graduating seniors this year.
Many nursing students might be a little nervous about giving their professor an injection. Not Sarah Idowu.

Poetry Illuminated opens Saturday in Goodyear

In honor of National Poetry Month, the city of Goodyear will showcase the words of eight local poets in Poetry Illuminated, a temporary installation curated by inaugural city of Phoenix poet laureate Rosemarie Dombrowski.

Litchfield Park fundraiser combines history, cycling, outdoor fun

The Litchfield Park Historical Society will host Ride & Seek, a self-paced scavenger hunt through the bike-friendly streets of Litchfield Park on Saturday, April 24.
An egret hunts for a meal at the Tres Rios Base & Meridian Wildlife Area in Avondale. The wetlands at the confluence of the Salt and Gila rivers is a riparian habitat that draws numerous visitors, many of whom leave their trash behind. For more information on the site, visit azgfd.com and click on Wildlife

Southwest Valley cities plan Earth Day-related events throughout April

With Earth Day coming up April 22, the Southwest Valley cities of Avondale, Goodyear and Litchfield Park are celebrating the planet in a variety of ways. Here’s what’s in the …
Litchfield Park Branch Library will host two performances of "Book of Dragons: Drama Drive-in" on Saturday, April 10

Litchfield Park Branch Library to host free ‘Drama Drive-in’ performances

The Litchfield Park Branch Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd., will host two free live outdoor Childsplay Theatre performances of “The Book of Dragons: Drama Drive-in” on Saturday, April 10.
Illuminated hot air balloons glowing in time to music will be among the Arizona Balloon Classic’s highlights.

Prepare to rise: Arizona Balloon Classic is a go in Goodyear

Colorful hot air balloons and kites as large as semitrailers will fill the sky over Goodyear when the Arizona Events Group’s 10th annual Arizona Balloon Classic takes flight Friday, April 30 to Sunday, May 2.
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