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FLORENCE – Greg Clark gingerly handles a pair of cardboard carriers – each containing two small owls – as he joins a knot of sweating volunteers hammering stakes into the soil and shoveling di…

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CASA GRANDE — A popular pup in Casa Grande is in the running for the title “Hero Dog,” and area residents can vote to help him win the competition.

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FLORENCE — A 19-year-old Glendale man, who led police on a chase with speeds topping out at 117 mph before crashing at the Interstate 8 and Interstate 10 junction on April 29, was sentenced Friday morning to probation.

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FLORENCE — A chemical manufacturer will receive $120,000 from Pinal County to train workers for a new plant in the Casa Grande area following action by the Pinal County Board of Supervisors.

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CASA GRANDE — Casa Grande Police have identified and arrested a suspect in an April 30 bank robbery at First Federal Credit Union, 1001 N. Pinal Ave.

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ELOY — After Eloy City Councilwoman Sylvia Guanajuato-Rodriguez partnered with the Eloy Police Department to create the Community and Police Engagement Program, she went right to work in planning the program’s first event. On April 28, with around 15 attendees, her vision became a reality.

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ELOY — Skydive Arizona in Eloy has staked its claim as one of the best facilities in the world. Attracting amateurs and professionals from around the globe, it has become a top training site for competitors who fly through the sky. The out-of-country attraction continued last week as Chimera…

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ARIZONA CITY — With harsh Arizona heat starting to ramp up, the Arizona City Fire District has announced the return of one of the community’s favorite events. Summer Water and Safety Days give kids in Arizona City a chance to beat the heat while also learning crucial safety techniques.

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ELOY — While Santa Cruz Valley Union High School may be one of the smaller schools in the state, a focus on academic excellence is always a high priority. Diego Chavez is proof of that emphasis in the classroom, as the senior was named one of the 2022 Flinn Scholars.

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CASA GRANDE — The Casa Grande Elementary School District held its annual excellence awards at the Casa Grande Middle School gymnasium last Wednesday.

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FLORENCE — The 18-year-old Casa Grande man who has been indicted on murder charges in connection with the shooting death of a Maricopa man at a party on Dec. 19 has been warned that he and his family must stop contacting the alleged victim’s family. The order was given by Superior Court Judg…

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CASA GRANDE — The families of Leslie Cota and Danielle Murrieta have expressed relief amongst the ongoing grieving process as an almost weeklong search for a suspect in their killings finally led to an arrest.

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FLORENCE — EPCOR is following through on its promise to replace its Section 11 wastewater plant in northern Pinal County with a newer and hopefully less smelly alternative.

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PHOENIX — A judge on Friday threw out a lawsuit by three current and former lawmakers claiming that former state Rep. Charlene Fernandez, D-Yuma, “smeared’’ their names.

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CASA GRANDE — The AARP Experience Corps Pinal-Casa Grande reading program continues to garner success in helping elementary school-age students overcome reading difficulties.

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CASA GRANDE — The Casa Grande Police Department has arrested 18-year-old Terrance Xavier Santistevan in connection with the double homicide of 17-year-old Danielle Murrieta and 18-year-old Leslie Cota on April 24.

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PINETOP-LAKESIDE — Rudy Mejia loves his job. He is a meat and poultry inspector/livestock deputy inspector with the Arizona Department of Agriculture covering Navajo County. He also loves Pinetop-Lakeside and he loves his hobby, bucking bulls.

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CASA GRANDE — The 28-year-old Casa Grande man accused of chasing and shooting another man in a hit and run on April 17 pleaded not guilty to all counts Friday morning in Pinal County Superior Court.

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FLORENCE — A 56-year-old Maricopa man was arrested April 20 for aggravated assault after he allegedly grabbed a woman by the throat.

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CASA GRANDE — The law firm representing shareholders and investors in a class-action lawsuit against Lucid Group said they have until the end of May to join the suit.

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