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Convergence of milestones again puts popular musician in limelight

Story by Georgia Swing Photo by Billy Hardiman Singer-songwriter Walt Richardson looks back at 35 years of entertaining Tempe audiences and says he feels like he’s just beginning. For his iconic role in more than three decades of the Mill Avenue music scene, for mentoring new generations of musicians, and for the promise of much […]

Passion for government launches Corona on a quest for best in U.S.

Story by Chelsea Martin It’s official. Corona del Sol High School’s Competition Government team, under the guidance of teacher Tim Smith, earned bragging rights at the “We the People” Arizona state tournament on Jan. 6. The team will represent Arizona in the 27th annual We the People National Finals April 26-28 on the campus of […]

Country up-and-comer Laura Walsh to play Tempe History Museum

Story by Chase Kamp Country superstar Toby Keith sang about “a little less talk and a lot more action.” Country comedy favorite Larry the Cable Guy implores all to “Get ‘er done.” Not one to just talk, Valley singer Laura Walsh has been bolstering her musical message of female empowerment by stepping in and aiding […]

Run, here come the cops!

Photo by Billy Hardiman Usually not a good idea, we admit, but this Run From the Cops resulted not only in a great family outing but a successful fundraiser for the Tempe Police Foundation, a charitable cause we all believe in and support. The 5K run/walk around Tempe Town Lake, with an accompanying ½K ‘Fuzz […]

Around Town: Holiday decorations in full effect

Photos by Billy Hardiman The holiday season was evident everywhere Wrangler News looked. To all, the profusion of lights and their message of good will seemed to say Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

Holidays pose a special challenge for personal assistant and her band of elves

Story and Photo by Georgia Swing A life-sized inflated Santa Claus lounges in a hammock between two palm trees in front of Anessa Burnside’s Tempe home. It’s a deceptive image for a woman who lately has spent much of her time running holiday errands, writing out Christmas cards and decorating homes for people too busy […]

Helping Hands

Photo by Kris Cartwright Helping others is just one of many holiday season themes. Friends and area residents gathered at the Kirt and Susan Hamm residence to collect unwrapped toys, at the same time enjoying each other’s company, light snacks and holiday cheer. Guests included, from left, Nan Hamlin, Julie Mitchell, Heather Woody, Susan Hamm, […]

Kid Power

Photo by Chelsea Martin Resource students from Kyrene del Sureño Elementary School presented their semester project to a welcoming, supportive crowd, including the students’ families, a contingent of fellow students and special guests, including district superintendent Dr. David Schauer; principal Dr. Marianne Lescher, who developed the project; and district science coordinator Monica Crowder. The students’ […]

Teen’s initiative yields pleasant surprise

Story by Diana Whittle In an age of rising tuition costs, Johnny Coronel is every parent’s dream of a college-bound student: He initiated his own search for funds, and struck pay dirt. While navigating the Internet for clues to available scholarships, Coronel, a senior at Corona del Sol High School, landed on the website for […]

Young pianist takes a big step toward the future

Story by Diana Whittle Photo by Billy Hardiman At this point in his young life, Eric Lin seems to have all the right pieces in place for what could be a lifelong career as a professional pianist. Whether the hard work that still lies ahead will alter his direction, no one can predict—including him. In […]

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