For Valentine’s Day, there’s no better gift than life itself

By Sammie Ann Wicks "You’re telling me that I had a heart attack?” These were the first incredulous words Scott Eckenrode remembers saying after a routine...

Hospital, patient join in pioneering medicine’s future

By Deborah Hilcove Decked out in her red cowboy boots and black Stetson, retired goldsmith Dale Connors looks the part of a pioneer. But the...

Free at last: Town lake welcomes a new winged resident

By Sammie Ann Wicks The hatchet-like head, thrust down to peer below the massive, flailing wings, outstretched feet pressed tight against the densely feathered  body,...

Down syndrome boy finds acceptance among his peers

By Sammie Ann Wicks Denise Torres vividly remembers the day doctors told her baby might be born with Down syndrome. “It was a big deal, no doubt about...

Lakeshore Music drums up jazzy evening at TCA

After the excitement of the holidays has waned, sometimes life can grow a bit humdrum.

Boy’s survival from dual transplant surgery brightens his holiday season

By Diana Nelson Holiday cheer would not be possible without hope for the future. It’s that same brand of hope that was found this year...

New pastor’s ministerial ‘Epiphany’ discovered at age 12

The Rev. Hunter Ruffin, new pastor of Church of the Epiphany in South Tempe, remembers the day he told his family he wanted to...

Letter writing not a lost art, thanks to this 90-year-old

Story and photos by Robyn Martinez Letter writing may seem like a lost art to some. But students in the Tempe Elementary School District are reviving it,...

New sparkle to one of area’s oldest shopping gems

By Deborah Hilcove Fine-jewelry favorite moves into future with new owners, same promise of sterling service For nearly 25 years, Tempe-based Day’s Fine Jewelry has...

Not being a Rockette didn’t stop her from tapping into success

By Sammie Ann Wicks The days of tap-dancing’s 18th century “cutting contests” and “duels” between the likes of African- American “Master Juba” and the flashy...
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