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Noted watercolorist, wife celebrate 50 years of sharing

Acclaimed Tempe watercolor artist Raleigh Kinney says he couldn’t have made a living through art for the last 34 years without his business partner and wife, Darlene Kinney. And, as the couple looks ahead to their 50th wedding anniversary in September, they will celebrate this Valentine’s Day together in typical fashion—working in their booth at […]

Tempe teen’s role brings rock-star status to performance of ‘Godspell’

Story by M.V. Moorhead Photo by Billy Hardiman Early on in rehearsals for Seton Catholic Preparatory High School’s production of Godspell, director Brigid O’Neill instructed her cast members to develop a back-story for their roles. This led Austin Weigel, who plays Jesus, to attempt a modified fast intended to simulate the experience of the 40 […]

Kids get a jump start on careers of the future

Story by Diana Whittle Photo by Billy Hardiman For middle-school students who like to learn from hands-on projects, a new program in the Tempe district may provide a custom-made fit. Fees College Preparatory Academy announced its Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program, now commonly referred to as STEM, for grades 6 to 8 starting this […]

Hands up!

Photos by Billy Hardiman Chandler PD played host to young members of Police Explorer Posts around the country, providing hands-on experience in what the teens’ real-life law enforcement counterparts face every day in the field. Participants learned about hostage negotiations, use of firearms, building searches and other team and individual events, part of a daylong […]

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 […]

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, […]

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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