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Twenty-five nonprofit agencies that provide services and programs to the Avondale community received a combined total of $113,300 in funding as part of the city of Avondale’s annual Contributions Assistance Program. 

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Buckeye city officials will host the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Sundance Recreation Center, 21765 W. Yuma Road, Buckeye, at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18.

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Melony Olgin suffered from sharp pains near her left groin in November 2020. The Goodyear resident went to urgent care and her primary care physician only to be subjected to a variety of tests and diagnoses. 

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Three children were treated after a near-drowning in Buckeye on Sept. 11, according to Battalion Chief Tommy Taylor, spokesman for Buckeye Fire Medical Rescue.

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As an “A”-rated school, the Scott Libby Elementary School Roadrunners are no strangers to awards and national recognition. Their most recent honor is now shining a light on the school’s PTA. 

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To honor the fallen heroes of 9/11, the students, teachers and staff at Arts Academy at Estrella Mountain in Tolleson hosted a remembrance ceremony on Sept. 10. 

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The certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting has been awarded to the city of Litchfield Park by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its comprehensive annual financial report. The certificate of achievement is the highest for…

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Attorney General Mark Brnovich is warning Arizonans to watch out for Hurricane Ida charity scams. There are already reports of fake organizations popping up asking people for money to help victims in Louisiana.

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Buckeye’s newest high school broke ground during a ceremony led by state and local dignitaries on Sept. 2. 

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The Goodyear fire and police departments are hosting a 9/11 virtual flag-raising ceremony at their newest fire station at 8:30 a.m. on the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. 

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Starting in September, the Arizona Department of Transportation will begin a project to improve the pavement on I-10 (Papago Freeway) from I-17 to Avondale Boulevard in the West Valley.

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Avondale authorities are investigating an incident that resulted in the deaths of two men, and the hospitalization of four firefighters on Aug. 29. 

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It was a bittersweet moment for Allison D’Ambrosio Bones recently as the Gilbert Water Tower was lit orange for three days.

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Returning to school this fall was already filled with more anxiety than usual, thanks to the pandemic. But add to that another challenge in 2021 — an extreme bus driver shortage.

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Abrazo Buckeye Emergency Center, 525 S. Watson Road, will host a free walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, and Thursday, Sept. 9.

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During the summer, Litchfield Elementary School current students and alumni demonstrated their school spirit with a campus project that expands students’ access to books and encourages a love of reading. 

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Motorists driving the stretch of Avondale Boulevard at night from Interstate 10 to Van Buren Street will find their commute a little more colorful. 

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As back-to-school and work routines resume, blood and platelet donations have slowed, but the need remains strong.  

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Six people were arrested in Peoria, Glendale and Yuma for kidnapping and beating a 20-year-old pregnant family member after years of threats, Peoria police said.

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The Goodyear Fire Department is reminding all parents and drivers to check for a child in the car to avoid vehicular heatstroke with a free decal.

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On the 20th anniversary of the attack on the Twin Towers, participants will have the chance to complete the 9/11 Memorial Tower Challenge at Gila River Arena.  

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In its latest move to ensure the long-term health and safety of its firefighters, the city of Goodyear has become the first Southwest city to invest in Solo Rescue decon washers, which provide a thorough decontamination of crucial pieces of firefighters’ equipment.

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Buckeye Police Department’s K9 Drax has received a bullet and stab protective vest, thanks to a charitable donation from nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s Inc.

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In America, it’s estimated that about 3% of children are without a bed, creating what a Valley nonprofit is referring to as a national bed crisis. 

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A suspect has been arrested on charges related to the Aug. 9 murder of 29-year-old Leroy Gibbs of Buckeye. 

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Millennium High School’s David Wirth has been named the 2021 National Physics Teacher of the Year.

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The triple-digit temperature didn’t stop Tolleson’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Robert “Bobby” Diaz Lopez Post 6310 from gathering to celebrate the groundbreaking of its new building on Aug. 6.

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The Agua Fria Food and Clothing Bank has been in its Old Town Avondale location for nearly three decades. Now, in the wake of the pandemic, the facility is getting a much-needed renovation to house the larger group of volunteers and clientele.

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Superintendent Nora Gutierrez was joined by board members, Principal Brandi Haskins, Chasse Building Team, ADM architects, performing arts students and community partners to pull back the curtain on a new, state-of-the-art performing arts center at West Point High School Aug. 9.

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Blink signed a five-year agreement with two five-year extensions with Greenlight Communities LLC, an Arizona-based residential property developer. After installations are completed, there will be 58 Blink-owned EV charging stations at Greenlight multifamily residential communities across the…

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Hello and welcome back to Business Briefcase! This week we are looking at a plethora of major projects that will soon open in Buckeye, as well as resources available for entrepreneurs in the West Valley.

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"Decade of Dreams” is a thoughtful 10-year strategic plan that is tactically woven between the present, past and future, according to new Agua Fria Union High School District Superintendent Mark Yslas.

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To properly balance the needs of the community, safety of its personnel and public safety threats, the Buckeye Police Department set in motion its online crime reporting system. 

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Eleven mayors, including those from Sahuarita, Oro Valley and Marana, led by Tucson City Mayor Regina Romero and Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, sent a letter to Arizona congressional leaders on July 13, supporting Amtrak’s proposal for a passenger rail that would connect Tucson and Phoenix, as …

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As many people prepare to go back to school and back to the office, the need for blood donations remains steady. 

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Avondale is recruiting residents interested in serving on its boards, commissions and committees. Applications are being accepted through Aug. 8 for openings on several Avondale boards, commissions and committees.

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A major U.S.-based lithium-ion battery production company will make a $1 billion investment in Buckeye, Gov. Doug Ducey said at a press conference. 

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When President George H.W. Bush looked at his watch during the second debate of the 1992 campaign, it probably ensured his “second-place finish” on Election Day. The gesture expressed  disinterest, even if that wasn’t the intent.

If you go back to the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, January of last year, you discover that in this state so far, we have lost 36 young people to this stinking virus. Three dozen in 20 months. Every loss like this is tragic, but such losses also demand perspective.