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“Give it the ol’ college try.” We’ve all heard it. Whether from a coach, a parent or other authority figure, the phrase is often used as encouragement when one is faced with a seemingly insurmountable task. It instructs us to pull ourselves up by the bootstraps and do our best, even in the face of possible, or even likely, defeat. Lately, the phrase seems all too apt as post-secondary students worldwide are dropping out of school at alarming rates. In fact, a recent study found that one in four freshman in the U.S. do not complete their first year of school, despite giving college a try.
Traffic Alerts Outside of Area: Ellsworth Road - Empire Boulevard to San Tan Boulevard – A northbound double lane closure will be in place on Ellsworth Road for water and sewer line tie-ins for a new development. These restrictions will be in place for 24 hours a day beginning at 9 a.m. on Oct. 30 to Nov. 1.
A long-discussed plan for a proposed passenger rail system linking Tucson and Phoenix has many more hurdles to clear, starting with where the money would come from. An important first step, however, is sharing your opinion on it.
Arizona Senate President Andy Biggs says a deal in principle has been reached to settle a long-running school funding lawsuit. Biggs said late Saturday that documents were being prepared over the weekend and he will brief members of his Republican caucus Monday and Tuesday. House Speaker David Gowan notified Republican House members to come to the Capitol on Tuesday.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas' motion to sever ties with Common Core has passed on a 6-2 vote. The vote affects schoolchildren in every classroom across the state. Douglas addressed the Arizona Board of Education on Monday morning.
The Pinal County Public Health Services District will begin providing flu vaccine to the public on October 26, 2015. Adults can receive a flu shot by appointment only. We will begin scheduling appointments starting Monday, October 26th and continuing through November 6, 2015. Children can receive a flu shot without an appointment.
An overwhelming number of Arizona voters say they would once again vote to support First Things First should the early childhood education program be on the ballot in 2016. Voters also say they oppose shifting First Things First funds to K-12 education while the state continues to have a budget surplus, according to a recent statewide survey of likely voters conducted by Moore Information.
Residential home prices in Pinal County rose an average of 4.6 percent in the third quarter of 2015, when compared to the July through September period of last year. The average sale price rose from $166,632 in 2014 to $174,266 in 2015. The average size for residential properties in the county increased slightly from 1,964 square feet a year ago to 2,005 over the most recent three months.
If you have ever worried about missing an important court date in Pinal County Superior Court, worry no more! Clerk Stanford, dedicated to enhancements that will help make her office available 24/7, has introduced a new app that returns upcoming court dates for the next thirty days based on either a Name or Case Number search. Data is refreshed every thirty minutes. Results will not be returned on cases or parties that are Sealed or Restricted.
In honor of Veterans Day, J.O. Combs Unified School District has many school events planned to recognize our community’s veterans who have selflessly served our country. We would like to extend an invitation to all veterans, servicemen and women to attend any of the scheduled events in order to be honored and recognized. We look forward to seeing you!
She's only been the head of Pinal County Animal Care and Control for a few months and Director Audra Michael says she is make some needed changes to the organization.
State Senator Barbara McGuire today announced her intention to seek re-election to the State Senate in Legislative District 8. She had previously explored a potential bid for Arizona’s First Congressional District.
All American Meats, Inc., an Omaha, Neb. establishment, is recalling approximately 167,427 pounds of ground beef products that may be adulterated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.  This is a Class 1 recall with a high health risk.
Continued roadway improvement work will take place on Gantzel Road near Combs Road intersection beginning November 2nd. This phase of the project is scheduled to take two days to complete.
Grab your friends and family and head over to Anthem at Merrill Ranch Community Park to Celebrate the Arts on Saturday, November 14th from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
The FBI is warning local police departments all over the country about threats from an anarchist group urging random attacks on Halloween.
To speed up the behind-the-wheel testing process and better assess driver safety, the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division has implemented a new scoring system for the preliminary portion of the road test that will save time and allow for more road tests per day.

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