Man accused of having sex with girl, 16, to be extradited from North Carolina, PCSO says

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is working on extraditing 38-year-old Andrew Dale Hensley of Phoenix from North Carolina. Mr. Hensley was arrested Nov. 26 by the U.S. Marshals Service at his home in Cary, North Carolina. Mr. Hensley, a former fire science instructor at a tech school in Coolidge, was under investigation for having an […]

PCSO investigating attempted child-luring incident in San Tan Valley

Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is asking San Tan Valley residents to be on the alert after a male suspect attempted to lure a child into his SUV. The incident occurred Nov. 7 in the North Pecan Creek neighborhood near Gantzel and Ocotillo Roads, PCSO said. At 3:45 p.m. Nov. 7, an 11-year-old girl was walking […]

Military veterans invited to Nov. 9 Ellsworth Elementary assembly

Ellsworth Elementary School, 38454 N. Carolina Ave. in San Tan Valley, will hold its annual Veterans Day assembly at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9. “So that we may honor their service, we invite all veterans to attend this event. After the assembly, veterans (are) to speak with students in classrooms for questions and answers,” according […]

Walk to School Day held at Ellsworth Elementary

  Approximately 100 families in the Ellsworth Elementary School community participated in Walk to School Day on Friday, Oct. 5. “Staff and families walked from three area parks in Pecan Creek South and met at the front of the school prior to the school day beginning,” Ellsworth Elementary Principal Santa Dunker said in a release. […]

Tractor Supply honors San Tan Valley student at Arizona State Fair

Tractor Supply on Oct. 27 recognized San Tan Valley student Liz Verschure for her exceptional community contributions as a winner of its second annual “Great Neighbor” essay contest. Local winners were honored during a special ceremony at the Tractor Supply booth at the Arizona State Fair. In addition to a commemorative plaque, winners received a […]

Planning document for 70-square-mile San Tan Valley before supervisors Oct. 31

San Tan Valley could encompass an area about the size of the town of Gilbert if a comprehensive planning document is approved by the Pinal County Board of Supervisors many say could be a watershed moment in the future development of the area. A total of 70 square miles of land have been carved out […]

Speak Out: Encanterra resident against annexation

We did not ask for nor do we choose to be annexed into Queen Creek. We are a large and increasing number of residents living in a development named Encanterra located in unincorporated San Tan Valley close to the southeastern border of Queen Creek. On May 3 a handful of residents living in Encanterra took […]

Mud bogs and sand drags Saturday at Arizona Speedway

High-horsepower entertainment featuring mud bogs, sand drags and truck pulls are planned Saturday night at Arizona Speedway, located within ET Motopark at 48700 N. Ironwood Drive in San Tan Valley. It is five miles south of U.S. Highway 60 on Ironwood Drive. Gates open at 5 p.m. and start time is 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. […]

Championship wing sprint cars races Saturday night

The American Sprint Car Series southwest region wing sprint cars are racing Saturday night at Arizona Speedway, located within ET Motopark at 48700 N. Ironwood Drive in San Tan Valley. It is five miles south of U.S. Highway 60 on Ironwood Drive. Green flag flies at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, with grandstands opening at […]

Hersch: Hit-and-run driver information sought

My son and I were driving eastbound on Combs just before Gantzel at 3:10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2. We were returning home from American Leadership Academy High School orientation. We were struck hard from behind by a young Hispanic woman in a gray Chevrolet as we waited to turn south on Gantzel. I was dazed […]