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Seton Catholic Holds Off Prospectors in Opener

Apache Junction’s youthful football squad put up a gallant effort against Chandler Seton Catholic Friday, but the Sentinels used the big play to reverse momentum and defeat the visiting Prospectors 28-13 in the 4A football opener for both schools.

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Future Leaders

On Thursday, August 10, 292 sixth graders gathered at Centerstage Church (the old SMES building) to work through a series of seven classes designed to teach them leadership skills. The students attend Four Peaks, Desert Vista and Peralta Trail Elementary Schools, all of which are part of the Apache Junction Unified School District.

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Tar & Feathers for Confederate Marker in Gold Canyon

By Bill Van Nimwegen

Tar and feathers were found covering the plaque on the Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway marker in Gold Canyon on Thursday morning, August 17. Located south of the intersection of US-60 and Peralta Rd., the marker has been there since 1962 and joins a growing list of markers and monuments to the Confederacy that have been recently removed or defaced. Continue reading...

AJ Man Drowns

A 60-year-old Apache Junction resident was pulled unresponsive from the pool at Palmas Del Sol East on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. According to a statement from Superstition Fire & Medical District (SFMD), paramedics were called to 3400 S. Ironwood Dr. at 12:55 for a drowning incident.

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New AJHS Band Teacher

When a well-loved teacher leaves, it often feels like no one could ever fill those shoes. If, however, energy, ideas and enthusiasm can pad the toes of those mighty big boots, AJHS has nothing to worry about. The diminutive powerhouse Jaclyn Chappel is not just walking; she has hit the ground running.

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Justice of the Peace Districts Changing

Pinal County Board of Supervisors voted to reduce Pinal County’s Justice of the Peace Districts for 2018 election. The reduction comes after a study found that the Apache Junction Justice Court is nearing critical capacity when it comes to caseload.

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Horizon’s STOP Program Addresses Addiction

There were 52 suspected opioid overdose deaths in Arizona in a two-week period last June, and the numbers are predicted to climb. Horizon Health and Wellness is working to combat this devastating disease with the launch of “Project STOP”.

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AJ Woman Charged with Fraud

Police have arrested an Apache Junction woman on felony fraud in a possible pet breeding ring and are asking for the public’s help in possibly leading to additional charges.

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Scout Project Adds Trees to AJHS

If you drive by Apache Junction High School on Ironwood Road, you will notice that sixteen saplings have suddenly sprouted in front of the administration building.

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Tough Decision for Coach Figueroa

Content with his coaching and teaching gig at Apache Junction High School, Ray Figueroa wasn’t looking to move anywhere else when Phoenix North inquired about his availability to fill their opening for a baseball coach. The offer from North – a 6A Metro Division school – not only overwhelmed Figueroa, it forced him to consider a move he wasn’t planning to make.

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News to be Awarded

The Apache Junction & Gold Canyon News staff has received notice that four articles or ads have earned honors in the Arizona Newspapers Association-Associated Press Media Editors (ANA-APME) 2017 Better Newspapers Contest and Excellence in Advertising competition. The News competes in Division 3, which is the largest category for weekly news media in the competition, based on circulation.

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City Oleander Ordinance Nixed

The Apache Junction City Council voted to deny consideration of an ordinance that would seek to control the growing, size and maintenance of oleanders, “accessible to horses on adjoining properties or in such a manner in which the leaves are (not) contained on the property from which the plant is maintained...” The motion failed to pass by a vote of 5-2, with Mayor Jeff Serdy and Vice Mayor Chip Wilson voting in favor of the proposed ordinance.

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