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Avondale will remain competitive, mayor says

AVONDALE MAYOR Kenneth Weise highlights the city’s state March 22 during the annual State of the City Address at Estrella Mountain Community College in Avondale. The location was chosen to help commemorate the college’s 25th anniversary. View photo by Ray Thomas
AVONDALE MAYOR Kenneth Weise highlights the city’s state March 22 during the annual State of the City Address at Estrella Mountain Community College in Avondale. The location was chosen to help commemorate the college’s 25th anniversary. View photo by Ray Thomas

Kenneth Weise touts development during State of the City address

Avondale needs to remain competitive with neighboring cities for a future that is “bright and promising,” according to Mayor Kenneth Weise.

Weise made the comment at the annual State of the City address, during which he said Avondale’s future includes the city’s first “Class A” office building and additional parks.

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Millennium students go over the rainbow

The Wizard of Oz production includes 3rd-graders as munchkins

Third-graders will join high school students when the cast of a stage version of an iconic movie goes over the rainbow at a West Valley high school.

The Wizard of Oz will be presented today through Saturday at Millennium High School in Goodyear.

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Buckeye Melodrama marks 50 years

1st-time playwrights create original script for event’s anniversary

After acting together in the Buckeye Melodrama for years, Caleb Elms and Debbie Hardesty decided it was time to write an original script for the production that’s marking its 50th year as a tradition in the West Valley city.

Their show, Mr. E at the San Linda, will be presented Friday and Saturday at Youngker High School in Buckeye.

Tue
28
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Man accused of Buckeye home invasion, pursuit identified


A man is loaded into an ambulance after a pursuit that started with a home invasion in Buckeye and ended in Morristown. Photo by KPHO/KTVK

A man accused of invading a Buckeye home and leading deputies on a pursuit in a stolen vehicle has been identified as Mitchell Newmoon, 37, officials said.

The incident started at about 7:30 a.m. Monday when Newmoon allegedly entered a house in an unknown area of Buckeye occupied by a mother and her two children and demanded keys to a vehicle, said Sgt. Calbert Gillett, a spokesman with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

Newmoon allegedly fled in the stolen SUV, and deputies tracked the vehicle using OnStar, Gillett said.

He was spotted on U.S. Highway 60 south of Wickenberg by two deputies, who noticed he was driving recklessly, Gillett said.

Deputy Jon Anderson and an officer in training, Deputy Scott Hewetson, pursued the vehicle for several minutes before it was deactivated by OnStar in a desert area off U.S. Highway 60, he said.

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West Phoenix woman accused of robbing bank in Goodyear

A west Phoenix woman was arrested March 20 after allegedly robbing a bank in a Safeway near Litchfield and Indian School roads in Goodyear, officials said.

Flor Luna, 29, was booked into Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail and faces charges of robbery and driving with a suspended license, court records state.

At about noon March 20, Goodyear police responded to the Wells Fargo Bank inside Safeway at 14175 W. Indian School Road in response to two silent hold-up alarms activated at teller stations, records state.

According to bank employees, Luna handed the teller a note written in pink stating that someone had a gun pointed at the teller and would use it if she didn’t comply, records state.

After retrieving $244 in cash from the drawer, Luna allegedly left the store and got into the driver’s seat of a gold Nissan Pathfinder, then drove south on Litchfield Road, records state.

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Former high school bookstore manager gets 18 months for stealing $120,000

A former Tolleson Union High School bookstore manager was sentenced March 23 to 18 months in prison and four years of supervised probation for embezzling $120,000, officials said.

Brenda Busse, 58, pleaded guilty last month in Maricopa County Superior Court to fraudulent schemes and theft.

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La Joya Community H.S. physics teacher honored

ZACHARY KOVACH, La Joya Community High School physics teacher, instructs his students March 9 at the Avondale school. Kovach was recently awarded Teacher of the Year by the Physics Teachers Education Coalition. View photo by Jordan Christopher
ZACHARY KOVACH, La Joya Community High School physics teacher, instructs his students March 9 at the Avondale school. Kovach was recently awarded Teacher of the Year by the Physics Teachers Education Coalition. View photo by Jordan Christopher

It’s not always all about science when Zachary Kovach teaches his physics and environmental sciences classes at La Joya Community High School in Avondale.

For example, Kovach recently appeared in class with his hair dyed pink, orange and yellow to celebrate the fact that his students had exceeded their goal and raised $661 for a leukemia charity.

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The rhythm is gonna get you

Local bands performing in Goodyear’s Spring Concert Series

Music is filling the air in Goodyear since the city’s sixth annual Spring Concert Series started March 11.

The concerts bring an opportunity for making new friendships at the parks, for enjoying the beautiful weather, listening to live music and bringing the community together,” said Deanna Ortiz, Goodyear’s recreation coordinator.

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City manager voices desire to improve water services

Buckeye’s new city manager said he will work to improve and update the city’s water resources processes and practices to rebuild confidence among customers.

Roger Klingler was named city manager earlier this month.

The water billing controversy erupted in Buckeye during the seven months that Klingler served as interim city manager.

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22
Mar
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Buckeye recall effort fails to meet goal

Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck won’t have to stand for election again this year after an effort started by residents angry over disputed water bills failed to gain enough signatures to recall the longtime public official.

A week before today’s deadline to file 1,718 signatures required to trigger the recall election, Jeff Hancock, organizer of Buckeye Residents Against High Water Bills, acknowledged that his group had fallen short of its goal.

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