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Why Wrangler News?

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Marcos de Niza baseball

By Alex Zener The Padres, with 13 seniors out of the 19 players on the roster, have an experienced team that has amassed a 12-9 overall record as of April 14 and is 10-3 in its Division II Section 4. Leading the team in several statistical categories is senior Kreston Woods, who could probably play […]

Aztec volleyball making major strides after a year of impressive rebuilding

By Alex Zener Halfway through the season, the Aztec volleyball team’s nine returning and four new players are determined to prove that after a transformational season last year they are not the same 12-21 team that fell short in their pursuit of a state tournament win. “We have learned a lot in the first half […]

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 […]

Easter bunny comes to town!

For the families who turned out for our first-ever Wrangler News Easter Egg Hunt, the message was clear: When the local newspaper gets behind what’s going on in the neighborhood, people respond. There’s nothing new about this theory, but it’s nonetheless reassuring to know that community newspapers are still a big part of our lives, […]

All Smiles for young blind student

Despite being 7,700 miles and 11-plus hours apart, Tempe residents Denise Rentschler and Kate Baldanza forged a bond that helped bring happiness to a blind 9-year-old and hope to dozens of other disabled kids. The pair’s long-distance collaboration netted almost $7,000 in donations to Team Asa, a non profit focused on helping special-needs kids. Rentschler […]

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