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Plenty of extravagant displays available for July 4th celebration

Tempe – The annual Tempe Town Lake Festival will be held at Tempe Beach Park on Friday, July 4. Enjoy great food, music, facepainters, relay races and a free inflatable village for all ages. Gates open at 5 p.m. General admission tickets will be on sale for $6 through July 4 at all Fry’s stores […]

Online Edition – June 21, 2014

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Local football program not taking a hit from the summer heat

TRIPLE-DIGIT temperatures didn’t cool off the enthusiasm of participants in South East Valley Youth Football’s early morning drills and preparedness program, designed to get kids and their dads ready for next fall’s games. The organization also is stockpiling donations of used but still usable youth football equipment to meet a growing demand for the program and […]

Horizon Honors high school picks West Chandler girl as valedictorian

By Chelsea Martin West Chandler resident and Horizon Community Learning Center senior Manu Kondapi says she never thought twice about getting involved in her school or her community. She did both, and between participating in countless school programs and dedicating herself to volunteering around the community, school officials say Kondapi was the perfect pick for […]

Aztec lacrosse reaches state playoffs for 4th straight year

The Aztec lacrosse team, in a league with 24 other teams in Arizona, played in the state playoffs for the fourth straight year, making it into the quarterfinals before losing to the eventual runner-up team with a score of 4-18, the Brophy Broncos, May 2. Brophy was defeated by the Desert Vista Thunder in the […]

Retiring teacher reflects on lives she helped change, including her own

By Diana Whittle After a career spanning 42 years, Kathleen McLemore, who just retired as a teacher at Kyrene Middle School, feels she is a lucky woman indeed. “I estimate that I taught nearly 10,000 students over the years, and I know that I improved their lives. “My years of teaching were wonderful, and I’m […]

8th Grade Promotion

Eighth graders at Aprende, Kyrene and Pueblo middle schools got an impressive sendoff to high school, their next stopping point in the learning process. The 340 Aprende grads heard words of encouragement as they got their sendoff. At Pueblo, 322 students and their parents gathered for promotion ceremonies. And at KMS, 412 young hopefuls received […]

Nationwide acclaim for Tempe group’s efforts to reduce underage drinking

By Diana Whittle The Tempe Coalition recently gained national recognition for its work targeted at reducing underage drinking and drug abuse. The coalition, a partnership between the city of Tempe and Tempe Community Council, received a national Milestones Award from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, which is the premiere national membership organization for those […]

Some dads tell about life. This one told about dreams.

Editor’s note: Tempe resident Guido Scarton, a retired high school teacher, football coach and inductee in the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, authored these recollections of his dad. We thought the timing was perfect for this issue of Wrangler News. His name was Jim. He was born May 12, 1902 in Dagus Mines, a small […]

Online Edition – June 7, 2014

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