Game of horse soccer played in Queen Creek

A game of soccer was played in Queen Creek earlier this month. These games would normally be nothing out of the ordi­nary, except for this kind of soccer is horse soccer, played by six riders and six horses was a 40-inch diameter ball in an arena with a goal 20 feet wide.

The games were an exhibition put on by the Southwest Horse Soccer Association at the Festival of Horses at the Queen Creek Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Center Nov. 11 and 12.

Glenn Davis, 62, is the founder of the SHSA. He has been playing horse soccer since 2007.

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Gateway Airport Control Tower Open One Additional Hour

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Air Traffic Control Tower hours have been expanded one additional hour each day. Effective September 1, 2011, Gateway Tower's hours of operation will be 6:00 a.m. local to 10:00 p.m. local.

"The Airport remains open 24-hours a day," said Community Relations Coordinator, Patrick Oakley. "Having the Tower open an additional hour in the evening provides added efficiency of airspace usage for aircraft operators entering and departing the Airport."

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Generous Donation to the Pinal County Benevolent Fund

On Friday, November 19th, 2010 George Johnson generously donated $7,500 to the Pinal County Justice Foundation/Benevolent Fund. The Benevolent Fund is used to assist sheriff’s office employees, as well as family members in the event the officer is injured or killed in the line of duty or suffers from a tragic event. The fund is also used for employee morale boosting activities.

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Geno's Giant Slice Opens in San Tan Valley

Owner Jamie and his daughter Serafina

Geno's Giant Slice is the new pizza talk all around San Tan Valley as they opened their doors today, Thurs Aug 14th in the Shops at Copper Basin.

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George Johnson Makes Generous Holiday Donation

Johnson pictured presenting his check to Chief Deputy Henry

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office has received a generous donation from the man who’s responsible for developing Johnson Ranch.

George Johnson recently presented PCSO Chief Deputy Steve Henry with the check for $13,125.00 to help support dozens of families in Pinal County this holiday season.

Johnson has supported the annual holiday toy drive in the past but said he wanted to do more this year.

Working with the PCSO Adopt a Family effort, Johnson decided to sponsor 25 families this year which will provide much needed food and clothing for up to three children and two adults per family.

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George Johnson Withdraws Application to ACC - Stops Sale to Florence

This afternoon, the Arizona Corporation Commission received a motion (attached below) from Johnson Utilities to withdraw the application in the asset transfer docket which was docketed this afternoon.

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Gilbert Christian High School students partner with God Feet to go one day without shoes

Registration for Summer Indoor Sports Academy Opens!

An estimated 3 billion people around the world lack the ability to afford the basic necessities of life, like protection for their feet.  Many people may never have the opportunity to even own one pair of shoes.  God Feet is a Christian Ministry dedicated to serving God and others while providing the needy with protection for their feet.  For each pair of faith inspired flip flops sold, another is given to someone in need.

When Katelyn Moses, a God Feet intern and Junior at Gilbert Christian High School learned that each year millions of people in developing countries become infected with preventable diseases caused from walking without shoes, she decided to come to school barefoot.  Around 50 other students joined her.

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Girls found safe following Amber Alert

Pinal County deputies issued an Amber Alert for three girls Friday evening. Pinal County Sheriff's Deputies said shortly before 9 p.m., all three girls were found and two adults were taken into custody.

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God Feet Starts Unique Fundraising Campaign to Help Chandler Family

God Feet announces the launch of a new division, GF Clothing a unique fundraising campaign to help deserving families.  GF Clothing will feature one family, every thirty days on  Each family will receive a large portion of the proceeds from the apparel sold on the site.

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Golf Cart Accident in San Tan Heights Takes the Life of 16 Year Old

Saturday night, a group of teens piled onto a golf cart for a little evening fun.  There were 10 total and as they drove through the quiet neighborhood of San Tan Heights, the unexpected happened.

The driver took a sudden turn and the golf cart tipped, landing on top of one of the passengers.  She was rushed to Banner Ironwood where they worked feverishly to try and save her.

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Fire in Pecan Creek South

A fire broke out this morning, Jan 11th, in the Pecan Creek South subdivision in San Tan Valley, AZ.

The fire started in the garage, and fortunately was contained to that area.

Rural Metro firefighters were first on scene and had a lot of heavy smoke coming from the garage area.  Firefighters were able to put the fire out.

The residence of the home had left to go to work and school before the fire started.

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First Single Incision Hysterectomy Ever in the East Valley Done is San Tan Valley!

Dr. Natasha LairdOn January 27th I’ll be doing a hysterectomy using the next generation SILS™ procedure. The hysterectomy, or uterus removal, is performed for the treatment of chronic pelvic pain, abnormal vaginal bleeding, prolapse of the uterus, Endometriosis, Fibroids, Cancer, and more. The patient may not even see evidence of the surgery after its performed and she will experience a faster recovery time compared to other hysterectomy methods. One of the major advantages of the SILS™ procedure is that it utilizes only one access point, through the patient’s umbilicus, or belly button, ultimately resulting in the potential for no visible scar while still delivering excellent results. By comparison, traditional laparoscopic hysterectomies involve four ½-inch or smaller incisions that may leave scars.

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FitMassage Charity Bootcamp for AngelAcres

The next FitMassage Charity Bootcamp will be in aid of taking place on Saturday December 17, 2011!About the CharityAngelAcres provide d...

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Florence High School Senior One of Four Selected in US for CBS Sports Contest

Gavin Wood, a senior at Florence High School, has been chosen as a finalist for the CBS Sports 3 point shooter. Wood is one of our four selected in the country.

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Food for thought

The Yates family - Desharrah, Frank and Simira - browse through the J.O. Combs Unified School District Food Bank’s clothing selection, where they found some tops and pants for little Simira.

When things are good, Karla Pena rests easy. But things haven’t been so good lately.

For Ms. Pena, “good” doesn’t neces­sarily mean having lots of money in the bank. Instead, it means being able to pay her bills and put food on the table, something she’s struggling to do since her husband’s job delivering roofing ma­terials has slowed down as the holidays approach.

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Foreign Exchange Student Needs a Home ASAP

EF Foundation for Foreign Study is currently searching for a caring, supportive family to host a foreign exchange student from Germany.  Johannes (JoJo) is 17 years old and will need to attend San Tan Foothills High School.  He is a very talented boy with a wide field of interests, especially art and culture.  He loves music and plays the piano and/or keyboard.  JoJo is also very much into sports such as soccer, basketball and table tennis.  He is a good student, very motivated and open minded.  He says “I want to meet new people and learn the American way of life and a culture so different from mine”.

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Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is Coming to San Tan Valley!

Enjoying great food without a long wait doesn’t mean your meal has to be cooked before you order it and this year, residents of San Tan Valley will get to experience this first hand, when Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers opens in the Skyline Marketplace at Gary Road and Hunt Hwy.

“From the beginning, our focus has been on premium products and superior service. We believe that mentality sets us apart from other fast casual concepts,” remarked President Bill Simon. “At Freddy’s, we don’t begin cooking your food until after you order it so that it is always hot and fresh. Our management team executes an atmosphere that feels like full service hospitality in a quick casual restaurant. I think that’s the reason that we’ve been so well received across the country in markets that vary in size and other demographics. Everyone appreciates high-quality food in clean restaurants prepared by a smiling and friendly team of staff members.”

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Free emergency preparedness seminar

On Saturday, November 6, 2010, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Paul Babeu and the National Sheriff’s Association will be co-sponsoring an All-Hazards Homeland Security Initiative Community Partnership and Awareness Training at the Coolidge/Florence Elks Lodge at 13682 N. Attaway Road.

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Babeu presents $5000 to Florence High

Registration for Summer Indoor Sports Academy Opens!

Sheriff Paul Babeu Presenting a $5,000 check to Principal Tim RichardDrug Money Used to Help Protect our Pinal County Youth On April 28th, 2011 Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu presented Florence High School Principal Tim Richard with a check for $5,000.  Sheriff Babeu presented the funding at an assembly for graduating seniors.  The money will be used for the first ever Florence High School “Senior Lock In” on graduation night. The funding came from money seized from criminal drug smugglers through the RICO statute.

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FUSD San Diego Field Trip Students are Safe

Florence Unified School District has announced that the students who are on the educational field trip to San Diego this weekend are inland, safe and ...

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