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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 […]

A grand trip to the Grand Canyon proves memorable

Editor’s note: Wrangler News contributor M.V. Moorhead and photographer Billy Hardiman accompanied members of the famed, centuriesold boys choir from Germany during their Sister Cities outing to the Grand Canyon. The following is Moorhead’s account of the trip. One of Tempe’s nine sister cities is Regensburg, Germany, at the confluence of the Danube and Regen […]

Author Bommersbach retells tale of ‘30s trunk murderess

By M.V. Moorhead ‘Winnie was a wonderful person…The only thing I knew about the murders was what I read in my mother’s detective magazines. But as a person, just know she was sweet.’ “She was a little old lady who was short…she had a dowager hump… She had had her hair done that day. She […]

Moon struck: Last week’s lunar eclipse

Wrangler News photographer Billy Hardiman, whose previous foray into celestial photography focused on last summer’s Perseus meteor shower, ventured forth once again for the recent midnight showing of a spectacular Blood Moon, so named because of its blood-red hue. If you missed it, not to worry: the same meterologic phenomenon will be visible again on […]

Kids partner to aid homeless, helpless pets

By Chelsea Martin In order to pursue a better tomorrow in our communities, educators say, there must be increased focus on educating the eager, resilient children of today. That’s the philosophy of Scales Technology Academy, which is partnering with a new community-based program of graduate students at ASU aimed at just that goal. A group […]

Tempe History Museum to host heady soul-pop of ‘Future Loves Past’

By Chase Kamp While the Tempe History Museum has been working hard to chronicle the city’s musical past in a forthcoming exhibit of cherished local musicians, the curators have also been celebrating the sounds of today. On April 26 the museum is offering a concert featuring the soulful psych rock of Tempe’s Future Loves Past, […]

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