Big Tin Cotton Gin provides space for vintage market vendors

Upcoming shows are Jan. 19-21, Feb. 16-18 and March 16-18   While vintage markets tend to be the new trend and are popping up all over the Valley, Queen Creek has had one of its own for several years. Pam Vowell and her husband, Charles, used to run a lighting company out of The Big […]

Casteel captures first state championship football title in school’s history

  By winning the 2017 Division 3A Arizona state football championship, the Casteel High School football team in Queen Creek not only brought home a championship trophy, but they delivered hope, inspiration and joy to their principal who is fighting cancer. The team finished undefeated and became the first sport in the school’s young history […]

PHOTOS: Gala of the Royal Horses

Gala of the Royal Horses was hosted Dec. 15 at the Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre.in Queen Creek. The show included riding master Rene Gasser and his daughter, Katharina, known as Gigi, and son, Sidney, riding Lipizzaner, Friesians and Andalusian horses in dressage-style tricks. Friesians, from the Netherlands, are known for their dancing skills; Lipizzaners, from […]

Familiarity is strength behind Franklin girls volleyball team

  Benjamin Franklin High School’s volleyball Class of 2018 all have one thing in common: They’ve been at the varsity level since they all were in eighth grade. Brian Farr has been coaching the high school team the past two years. The fact they’ve played together for so long — and know each other so […]

Painting Wonderland gives patrons chance to let creativity soar

‘There’s no politics here. There’s no drama here, no craziness. It’s just you, the pottery piece and falling in love.’ – Painting Wonderland owner Tara Pool-Walker     Painting Wonderland is a place where the community gets their creative juices flowing and create their own art pieces. The studio has been open since June 17 in […]

Featured Restaurant – Biscuits Cafe in San Tan Valley

Biscuits Cafe is San Tan Valley’s newest brunch-and-lunch spot   Large portions of freshly made food welcome diners to the new Biscuits Cafe in San Tan Valley. Biscuits Cafe, which opened in September, is part of the Biscuits Cafe franchise, based out of Oregon. “We did a soft opening Sept. 11,” General Manager Dustin Johnson […]

Taste of the Town – Baci Italian Bistro

What keeps Baci authentically Italian? La famiglia, says owner     For Frank Greco, owner of Baci Italian Bistro, running an Italian restaurant has always been a family business. “Right after the construction fall — when the interest rate went up — my dad and I decided to go into the restaurant business,” he said […]

History Happens Here: Chandler Heights Community Church

Church holds historical distinction of serving as QC’s first house of worship   History oftentimes is forgotten as time passes. This series features old photographs taken in and around Queen Creek, held up in the exact place that they were originally taken in the style of Dear Photograph. This month’s photo comes from the San […]

QCHS girls volleyball upsets No. 1 Chaparral

The Queen Creek High School girls volleyball team will be playing in the state championship against Sunnyslope game at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9. at Mesquite High School,  500 S. McQueen Road in Gilbert. The Lady Bulldogs, ranked No. 5 in 5A Division, beat Chaparral in three sets in the semi-final game on Nov. 7. The […]

ALA junior McBratney being recruited by top colleges for swimming prowess

September and October have been a couple of busy months for American Leadership Academy junior Katie McBratney. Due to National Collegiate Athletic Association rules, starting Sept. 1, colleges can start reaching out to athletes they want to recruit. “So a lot of colleges are sending stuff to me,” she said. “It’s not for academics quite […]