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  • Hear a knock, get an alarm

    Some Peoria and Sun City residents may hear a knock on their door, Oct 1.If this is the case, it might be a good idea to open the door. Because free stuff is good, and so is stuff that save lives.Workers with Peoria Fire-Medical Department, the Arizona Burn Foundation, American Red Cross and other community members will be canvassing a number of neighborhoods bearing gifts in the form of free smoke alarms.Tim Eiden, a spokesman for Peoria Fire-Medical Department said residents will also learn about fire safety, including cooking and heating tips as well as the need to create and how to practice a fire escape plan.It is part of a plan to install free smoke alarms in more than 4,500 Valley homes, more than 400 of those in Peoria and Sun City .“We identified the neighborhood and homes that will receive free alarms,” he said. “Homeowners were notified that we will be in their neighborhood via a postcard in the mail.”

  • UPDATE: Burglary foiled by mechanical trouble

    Burglars in Sun City had their plans thwarted earlier today by mechanical trouble.Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call some time before 6 a.m. to the AZ EZ-Pawn, 9421 W. Bell Road, for a report of a vehicle crashed into the buidling. Upon arrival deputies found a van rammed into the front of the store, smashing the windows.MCSO personnel had included in their response an armored assault vehicle because they suspected there might be people inside the building, possibly armed and dangerous.However, no one was found at the scene and deputies believe the suspects fled on foot. They remained at large this afternoon.Following initial investigation, deputies determined possiblly multiple suspects used the van to gain entry into the store, then loaded the vehicle with about $1,000 worth of merchadise. But when they tried to leave, the van would not start.Deputies later discovered the van had been stolen.

  • Sun Cities claim top 2 spots among tax-friendly places in Arizona

    Move over Holbrook and Winslow. And the rest of Arizona for that matter.Covering the top two spots in Arizona for the most tax-friendly places for retirees are Sun City West and Sun City, based on a study performed by smartasset.com.Sun City was ranked No. 8 in 2015 while its sister was unseen on the top-10 list. Sun City West has not only surpassed its sibling, but lays claim to best in the state.The shift in the top 10 places in Arizona covers more than just the change in leaders. Holbrook, last year’s No. 1, is not among the top 10 in 2016. This year’s rankings included more than the three factors used in last year’s: income tax paid, property tax paid and whether Social Security income was taxed.With the added factors, the overall retirement tax friendly index number decreased by 16.7, with Holbrook receiving an 83.93 in 2015 compared to Sun City West’s 67.24 in 2016. Oddly enough, Sun City West placed No. 503 in the U.S. compared to Holbrook’s No. 1553 nationwide ranking last year.“It is likely the additional factors had an impact on the index numbers of the cities included in the study,” said SmartAsset Senior Public Relations Associate Steve Sabato.

  • Sun Cities claim top 2 spots among tax-friendly places in Arizona

    Move over Holbrook and Winslow. And the rest of Arizona for that matter.Covering the top two spots in Arizona for the most tax-friendly places for retirees are Sun City West and Sun City, based on a study performed by smartasset.com.Sun City was ranked No. 8 in 2015 while its sister was unseen on the top-10 list. Sun City West has not only surpassed its sibling, but lays claim to best in the state.The shift in the top 10 places in Arizona covers more than just the change in leaders. Holbrook, last year’s No. 1, is not among the top 10 in 2016. This year’s rankings included more than the three factors used in last year’s: income tax paid, property tax paid and whether Social Security income was taxed.With the added factors, the overall retirement tax friendly index number decreased by 16.7, with Holbrook receiving an 83.93 in 2015 compared to Sun City West’s 67.24 in 2016. Oddly enough, Sun City West placed No. 503 in the U.S. compared to Holbrook’s No. 1553 nationwide ranking last year.“It is likely the additional factors had an impact on the index numbers of the cities included in the study,” said SmartAsset Senior Public Relations Associate Steve Sabato.

  • Independent Newsmedia wins 14 journalism awards at ANA competition

    Independent Newsmedia took home 14 journalism awards, including non-daily photographer of the year and daily newspaper website of the year at the 2016 Arizona Newspapers Association Better Newspaper Contest.The 2016 Better Newspaper Contest features the best journalism in Arizona with this year featuring the work of 50 newspapers, seven high schools and a total of 1,631 submissions. The awards ceremony was Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino in Chandler.The Better Newspapers Contest consists of eight categories that measure the overall quality of the newspapers and 24 categories that honor individuals who contribute to journalism excellence, ANA officials contend.“We always strive for quality in everything that we do,” said Independent Newsmedia Arizona President Bret McKeand. “Our mission is community service and conscientious journalism and it’s always nice to be recognized for your efforts.”Independent Newsmedia publishes the Daily News-Sun, nine weekly newspapers and Sun Life Magazine. The company owns and operates community websites and the commercial print plant, Valley Newspapers. West Valley

  • Telling tales in the West Valley

    Gary McCarthy has spent much of his life within the landscape of the Western American states. He’s immersed himself in iconic locales such as Yosemite, the Grand Canyon and along the Colorado River. And he spent his life writing about them. They have been the backdrops and motors for the novels that have made up his life.A 12-year resident of Sun City West, he was a full-time novelist with 15 historical novels and 35 Western novels under his belt. He has sold than 3 million books under publishing houses such as Doubleday and Bantam Books, and won writing awards along the way.Mr. McCarthy first gained notice with his series of novels about the derby-wearing, ex-circus strongman Darby Buckingham, in the late 1970s and ‘80s.But now he spends less time writing and more time riding horses, something he did a lot of when he was a boy hanging out around cowboys in southern California. Mr. McCarthy grew up in Downey, California, excelling in equine events and riding horseback along the trails of the Los Angeles River.He has always been a storyteller.“When I was kid I would be the one that other kids would come around, and I would go off and imagine stories and people really listened,” he said.

  • String of fall tennis tourneys start Friday in Surprise

    The Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex is playing host to several tennis tournaments this fall, and the city is providing the best routes to get there.With a major roadway improvement project occurring at the intersection of Bell Road and Grand Avenue (US 60) in Surprise, the city has created a Directions to Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex map to assist drivers.Tournaments include:• Sept. 30-Oct. 2: USTA Southwest Mixed Doubles Section Championships• Oct. 7-9: USTA National 18 and over 3.0 National Championships• Oct. 12-16: Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Small College National Championships

  • Independent Newsmedia wins 14 journalism awards at ANA competition

    Independent Newsmedia took home 14 journalism awards, including non-daily photographer of the year and daily newspaper website of the year at the 2016 Arizona Newspapers Association Better Newspaper Contest.The 2016 Better Newspaper Contest features the best journalism in Arizona with this year featuring the work of 50 newspapers, seven high schools and a total of 1,631 submissions. The awards ceremony was Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino in Chandler.The Better Newspapers Contest consists of eight categories that measure the overall quality of the newspapers and 24 categories that honor individuals who contribute to journalism excellence, ANA officials contend.“We always strive for quality in everything that we do,” said Independent Newsmedia Arizona President Bret McKeand. “Our mission is community service and conscientious journalism and it’s always nice to be recognized for your efforts.”Independent Newsmedia publishes the Daily News-Sun, nine weekly newspapers and Sun Life Magazine. The company owns and operates community websites and the commercial print plant, Valley Newspapers. West Valley

  • Surprise seeks applicant for 2 planning commission seats

    The city of Surprise is accepting applications for two vacancies on the Planning & Zoning Commission.Applications for the above mentioned commission are available for pick-up immediately and can be picked up from the City Clerk’s Office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The City Clerk’s Office is at Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza.Applications are also available online at www.surpriseaz.gov/boards.Submit applications to the City Clerk’s Office in person or by e-mail to clerk@surpriseaz.gov.Applications are always available for all boards and commissions and will be kept on file for future vacancies.For information, contact the City Clerk’s Office at 623-222-1200.

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