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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 […]

Congratulations to Corona del Sol Class of 2014

New Corona del Sol  graduates celebrate their special night. View entire photo gallery of the night on our Facebook page: facebook.com/WranglerNews Photos by Billy Hardiman  

Top athletes ink Letters of Intent

Corona athletes showed off Letters of Intent from their colleges of choice at a ceremony May 14. Recipients included, from left, front, Sava Gulstad, Nathan Rodriguez, Grant Fishburn, Grace Ashu, Sarah Holditch, Tevin Mayfield; back, George Wright, Jarrett Givens, Ryan Normand, Andrew Truswell, Matt Eckles, Nicholas Creasman. Recipients of college scholarships competed on the basis […]

Sol Buddies pitch in to expand opportunities for special needs kids

Story & photo by Chelsea Martin In an ongoing effort to promote awareness of those with special needs, the Corona del Sol High School girls softball team has taken a special group under its wing. Their idea: to expand the team to members of the Sol Buddies group, which comprises students with special needs. The […]

Kyrene receptionist faces rough road helping her stepdaughter fight potentially life-ending disease

By Diana Whittle Central to Haley DeLucia’s young life is her treatment—a seemingly never-ending process to battle the cystic fibrosis that is relentless in its attack on her body. But at 13 years old, it’s all she has ever known. Diagnosed as an infant with the life-threatening genetic disorder that most critically affects the lungs […]

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Because where you live is where we live. Whether you’re in one of Tempe’s new ‘Character Areas’ or one of west Chandler’s cozy residential communities, we’re your neighbors. We work here, shop here, dine here, live here. Since 1991, you’ve seen Wrangler News at your schools, your churches, the places you do business. And, of […]

Scholarship honors memory of a favorite student

By Chelsea Martin Corona senior Jessie Briggs is the first recipient of the Blake Norvell “Smiles” Scholarship, symbolizing the beginning of a lifelong honor to the man who left a mark on all those who surrounded him. Briggs was recently chosen by the scholarship committee—which included Norvell’s mother Stephanie, father Bill, sister Juliana, girlfriend Briana, […]

Adult, teen vols having huge impact on hospital costs

Volunteers at Chandler Regional Medical Center and its sister hospital Mercy Gilbert racked up nearly 10,000 hours of service last year, a contribution hospital officials say would be equal to more than $1.7 million if calculated in paid hours. Both Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert are members of the Dignity Health consortium of hospitals. Nearly […]

Common Core curriculum focuses on more enlightened graduates, skilled workforce

By Diana Whittle With the Common Core curriculum fully implemented into the curriculum of Tempe classrooms, educators are broadening their focus to explain the new learning expectations to students and parents. Common Core curriculum was adopted in 2010 in Arizona, as well as in 46 other states, to create the next generation of K-12 standards […]

Goodwill-store protest shows how neighborhood activism works

By Diana Whittle When Goodwill Stores announced plans to open a sales and donation outlet in the McClintock Fountains center at Warner and McClintock in Tempe, neighbors were quick to voice their concerns. Residents who live in several subdivisions near the center, including Sunburst Farms, Alta Mira and Circle G Ranches, met with the center’s […]

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