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Last year, which was Combs High School's first graduating class, the "Senior Prank" was to tag the school with spray paint. This year, they started a food fight in the cafeteria.
Last year there were no consequences, this year 12 students involved in the food fight were suspended and some are banned from their graduation ceremony.
Earlier this afternoon, a white pickup truck traveling on Ocotillo, west of Ironwood near Meridian, crossed the center line and collided with a Sysco semi-truck, according to Rural Metro spokesperson, Colin Williams.
On impact, the semi exploded and sent pillars of black smoke into the air. Miraculously, there were no injuries. Air evac was on standby but was not needed.
According to some residents in the San Tan Heights community of San Tan Valley, this past Sunday the "stench of sewer" was stronger than normal. By Monday afternoon it was clear to see why. Raw sewage had spilled into two of the three lakes in that community and people passing by could see the raw sewage floating on the top of the lake.
Johnson Utilities did have trucks on site Monday and Tuesday draining the lakes. By Tuesday afternoon, both lakes were completely drained.
On Thursday, May 9, Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles received the honor of speaking at the 2013 Pinal County Fallen Officer Dedication Ceremony, remembering the lives of the brave men and women in uniform killed in the line of duty and recognizing the families of those individuals.Serving as the Pinal County Attorney and working directly with federal and state officials, Sheriff Babeu and his deputies, local police chiefs and their officers, Voyles knows the hard work and dedication the trained men and women in law enforcement encounter on a daily basis. At the Ceremony, he shared instances where the dedication of law enforcement positively impacted lives and signified their willingness to sacrifice for the betterment and safety of those in our community.
Come on out and enjoy some great music, performed by Chicago Dave, at the Terrace Restaurant! Chicago Dave will be playing tonight from 6pm-8pm out on the terrace. With temperatures still cool enough to enjoy, you don't want to miss this performance.
While you're enjoying the music, you can also take advantage of a NEW dinner special also available. Try the 1 pound stuffed potato filled with your choice of brisket or pulled pork, then topped with cheese and sour cream for only $7.99.
The first Catholic Parish in San Tan area, St. Michael the Archangel, will hold its Ground Breaking Ceremony on Saturday, May 4th at 1:00 pm. The ground breaking will be for the first phase of the complex-- the Parish Hall, which will be used as a church until the congregation is ready to build. Today, the congregation celebrates Mass at Copper Basin K-8 School but is rapidly outgrowing that space and is looking forward to welcoming its own building.Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas will be present to conduct the ceremony. Eventually, the new church will be the largest church building in the Diocese of Tucson, with a planned 2000 seating capacity. The Tucson Diocese shares a border with the Phoenix Diocese along the Pinal / Maricopa County line, just east of the Town of Queen Creek. It is in the oldest diocese in the State of Arizona and includes active parishes that are nearly 300 years old.
A local organization passed out free home drug test kits in San Tan Valley the day before many people celebrated drug use.
Debbie Moak is the founder of Arizona based notMYkid.org, a nonprofit that focuses on preventing the devastation of teen addiction. The association held a parent awareness and prevention campaign on the dangers of the 420 culture. Ms. Moak said April 20 is known as “National Get High Day.”
“Many kids try drugs for their first time on 420,” Ms. Moak said in a phone interview with the Independent. “ We’re talking about minor kids and all drugs. Many parents are unaware of what 420 is. We want parents to be aware.”
On April 15th, 2013 at 10:00 p.m., the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue unit deployed to Lost Dutchman State Park for a call of an overdue hiker.Christopher Hensley, 34-years-old, recently moved to Arizona and is not familiar with the area. He was last seen on Monday afternoon when he set out for a hike in the park from a family member’s house in east Apache Junction.
This year, the J.O. Combs Unified School District has partnered with Banner Ironwood in a Student of the Month program which recognizes one student every month from each of our schools. There is a selection process in place where students get recognized for the various pillars of the Character Counts Program which include Responsibility, Trustworthiness, Citizenship, Caring, Respect and Fairness. This presentation will take place each month at our Regular Governing Board Meeting where a representative from Banner Ironwood Hospital will be in attendance to present each student with a Certificate of Special Recognition. A photograph will be taken with the representative from Banner Ironwood, the Governing Board, and Superintendent Gayle A. Blanchard.
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UPDATE: ALL CLEAR GIVEN at 3:45pm Walmart has been reopened. Per PCSO, container was filled with paint.
Around 1:45pm this afternoon the Walmart at Hunt Hwy and Gary Rd in San Tan Valley was evacuated after a suspicious container was found in the parking lot.
A 5 gallon Home Depot paint container was found between 2 vehicles.
All employees and customers were instructed to leave their items and immediately evacuate the store and parking lot and no injuries were reported.
The store will remain closed until a full investigation is completed and the area is deemed safe to re-open.