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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 […]

An expert’s primer on problem barkers: Tips for muzzling bad behavior

Story by Georgia Swing Photos by Billy Hardiman Along with the holidays come ringing doorbells and visits from family and friends, the delivery of packages, Christmas cards and baked goods from neighbors. It can be a nightmare, if you’re the owner of a problem barker. Offensive yipping and yapping can be minimized with the correct […]

5K, fun run at Kiwanis Park brings gifts, joy to lives of troubled boys

Story by Georgia Swing Photo by Billy Hardiman The beige ranch-style house with the well-kept yard looks like any other in this Chandler residential neighborhood. Walk inside, though, and you find seven teenage boys doing homework, playing video games and shooting hoops on the backyard basketball court – under the constant supervision of at least […]

To The Rescue: Fostering mastiffs becomes a labor of love

Story by Chelsea Martin Photos by Billy Hardiman Canines are labeled “man’s best friend” because, at the end of the day, it’s a comforting truth. Many pet owners regard their dog not as just an animal but as a long-term companion and pivotal member of the family. Dogs provide loyalty and an unconditional companionship that’s […]

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