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Safford High School's Top 10 students | Local News Stories  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — Safford High School announced its annual list of its Top 10 graduating seniors in the class of 2018 based on academic performance.

Bulldogs class of '78 to reunite in October  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — The Safford High School class of 1978 will hold its 40th reunion Oct. 5-6.

BB Andrews receives the Pride of Safford award  Eastern Arizona Courier

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Andrews is the Pride of Safford | Local News Stories  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — Safford High School's track and field is named in his honor, and he was inducted into the Arizona High School Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame in ...

Donna Lane Brugman | Obituaries  Eastern Arizona Courier

Donna Lane Brugman, 96, of Safford, quietly passed away with her family near Nov. 29, 2018. She was born Nov. 11, 1922, in West Union, Iowa, to Harvey Lane ...

Safford High School registration is this week | Local News Stories  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — Safford High School's 2016-17 registration for all students will be held next week.

Safford Rotary names Teachers of Distinction | Local News Stories  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — In 1993, the Safford Rotary Club began honoring Graham County teachers. Phyllis Ann McEuen Bryce was the first recipient of this award, and she ...

Longtime teacher Ruth Powell passes | Local News Stories  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD - With the early Friday morning passing of Ruth Powell, the Gila Valley has lost a longtime teacher, dedicated volunteer and namesake of a Safford ...

Brianna Lynn Varnam | Obituaries  Eastern Arizona Courier

Brianna Lynn Varnam received her angel wings Oct. 4, 2018. She was 18 years old. Brianna was born Dec. 18, 1999, in Stephenville, Texas.

Safford 100-year reunion will last 2 days

When a school turns 100, it's not enough to have one homecoming. Safford High will have two -- one Friday with the traditional school homecoming -- and ...

"Victim" of alleged cyberbullying in Safford arrested by police  FOX 10 News Phoenix

Investigation into incidents of alleged cyberbullying at Safford High School has taken a strange twist. FOX 10's Matt Galka reports.

Election 2018: Safford and Thatcher council candidates answer Courier questions  Eastern Arizona Courier

Eastern Arizona Courier asked the candidates for the Safford and Thatcher councils — the only two contested local races in the primary — to answer three ...

SUSD celebrates retirement of DeRidder, Dunkerson | Local News Stories  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — Safford schools are saying a sad goodbye to two longtime employees and asked the public to join in.

Safford's Lombillo awarded 1st Justin Gaethje Scholarship | Local Sports News  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — Safford wrestler Lazaro Lombillo was awarded the first Rotary Justin Gaethje Scholarship, receiving the award from the scholarship's namesake.

Robert Johnathon Castro | Obituaries  Eastern Arizona Courier

Robert Johnathon Castro, 29, of Safford, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2018. He was born Dec. 28, 1988, in Safford to Robert and Myra Castro.

Inaugural Shark Tank is Nov. 1 | Local News Stories  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — In partnership with the EAC Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and collaboration with Local First Arizona Foundation, the Graham ...

SHS announces fall honor roll | Local News Stories  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — Safford High School announced its fall semester honor roll. The Gold Honor Roll recognizes those students who achieved a 3.75 GPA or better.

Eastern Arizona College announces Skills Day results | Local News Stories  Eastern Arizona Courier

THATCHER — Hundreds of high school students came to Eastern Arizona College earlier this month to demonstrate their talents and skills for the 42nd annual ...

Three State Wrestling Titles for Safford's Finch  Sports360AZ

Story by Perry Cohen. After winning his championship match at the Arizona State High School Wrestling Championships, Mckade Finch held three fingers in the ...

New teaching method has roots in Safford | Local News Stories  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — In 2014, Safford High School teachers Brian Taylor and Tom Cornelius, and Pima Junior High School teacher Kena Taylor gave a presentation at ...

Gila Valley seniors raise $10k for trip | Local News Stories  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — High school seniors from Graham and Greenlee counties raised more than $10000 for a combined senior trip, by selling raffle tickets for a cruise, ...

Safford High School's Top 10 graduates | Local News Stories  Eastern Arizona Courier

Student: Stephen Griffith, Valedictorian, age 18. +9. Stephen Griffith. Parents: Gary and Jennifer Griffith. What are your plans for next year? I will be on a mission ...

Sports excellence at Special Olympics | Local News Stories  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — Although he medaled in the sprints, Ross West said his favorite event during Saturday's Special Olympic Track and Field Meet was the running ...

SHS auto students compete at Top Tech Challenge  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — On Saturday, Jan. 20, Safford High School advanced autos students competed in the annual Universal Technical Institute Top Tech Challenge.

Arrest made in SHS cyber bullying case | Local News Stories  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — An arrest has been made in the Safford High School cyber bullying case after it was learned the alleged victim was the one behind the threats.

Ruene Evans DeSpain | Obituaries  Eastern Arizona Courier

Ruene Evans DeSpain went to be with her husband on Jan. 29, 2018. She was 88 years old, born in Pima on Oct. 30, 1929, to Harvey Carl Evans and.

Bulldogs lock down playoff spot with win over Window Rock  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — The Bulldogs are heading to the state championship tournament, following a convincing win over the Fighting Scouts.

ASU Football: 6-foot-7 Safford offensive lineman 3-star Ralph Frias commits to Sun Devils  House of Sparky

The Arizona State Sun Devils landed a commitment from Safford High School (Arizona) offensive tackle Ralph Frias when he announced his decision via his ...

Giving Tuesday: How can Graham County give back?  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — A ride, a temporary foster home, a snack to slip into a backpack and the chance to excel at a part-time job.

Dance It Off returns Jan. 27 | Local News Stories  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — The art of dance is coming back to the Gila Valley.

Safford High School — Tom Cornelius | Local News Stories  Eastern Arizona Courier

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The 2012 Safford High School girls cross country  Eastern Arizona Courier

The 2012 Safford High School girls cross country team are, from left Joie Lopez, Mikala Burge, Isabel Aguilar, Audree Adams-Dupont, Stephanie Adams and ...

What's Your Number — Rene Dominguez remember for giving '110 percent'  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — Scott Hanson, of Phoenix, an Arizona native and 30-year high school referee, just published his second book, “What's your number?” that covers ...

Urrea wins fifth annual Rock of Ages 5K With art.  Eastern Arizona Courier

THATCHER — Jacob Urrea, a first-time runner in the Rock of Ages 5K for Type 1 Diabetes, was first to cross the finish line at Saturday's fifth annual event, held.

Marcos Dominguez Moreno | Obituaries  Eastern Arizona Courier

Marcos “June” Dominguez Moreno, 75, of Safford, entered into rest Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, at the Veterans Hospital in Tucson. He was born June 3, 1942, ...

No easy answers after student suicides | Local News Stories  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — On Monday morning, a Safford teen was discovered dead by his own hand.

RPS 5th-graders talk to local leaders | Local News Stories  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — Fifth-graders at Ruth Powell School interviewed local community members, to learn about *service* to the community.

Did You Know: Safford's worst murder-suicide that never happened  Eastern Arizona Courier

I recently visited the library at Safford High School to do some research in old yearbooks on some students from years past and was recognized by a school ...

Feeling Devilish: Frias Ready For ASU  Sports360AZ

Ralph Frias grew up a big kid with an even bigger dream in eastern Arizona. Wednesday the Safford High School senior will sign his football letter of intent with ...

Substance Abuse Coalition visits Ruth Powell School | Local News Stories  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — Last Friday morning, sixth-grade students at Ruth Powell Elementary School traded their regular classes for lessons to stay free of substance ...

Safford High School Football rebuilding for the future  Eastern Arizona Courier

After a challenging season last year, the Safford High School varsity football team is training with an eye to rebuilding for the future, according to coach Mike ...

Safford Middle School hosts wrestling tourney | Local Sports News  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — The stands were packed at the Norma Bellamy Gymnasium at Safford High School, where the Safford Middle School Bulldogs wrestling team ...

Questions for Candidates — Safford Mayor | Local News Stories  Eastern Arizona Courier

Each of the candidates were asked three questions via e-mail. Each candidate was asked to limit the answers to no more than 250 words per question.

Finalists named for Small Business Woman of the Year  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — Finalists for the fifth annual Gila Valley Small Business Woman of the Year have been announced and include women from both Graham and ...

'We've come a long way' — Thatcher High School honors 2016 graduates  Eastern Arizona Courier

THATCHER — Thatcher High School's class of 2016 may not have tossed their caps at Friday night's graduation ceremony, but they did have an alternative ...

EAC holds 13th annual Engineering Day | Local News Stories  Eastern Arizona Courier

THATCHER — Eastern Arizona College's Engineering Department hosted its 13th annual Engineering Day earlier this month. The event was co-sponsored by ...

The mixed martial arts girls of Graham County  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — With the growth of women in mixed martial arts, and inspired by the rise to fame of Ultimate Fighting Championship's Ronda Rousey, and a walk ...

Local athlete archives her dream — playing U of A volleyball  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — Jordan Abalos has been an athlete all her life. She used her athletic ability, smarts and great work ethic to achieve her dream of playing volleyball ...

Did You Know: The rise and fall of 'Old Main'  Eastern Arizona Courier

The original Safford High school building, known as “Old Main,” was designated on the National Register of Historic Places on Feb. 9, 1988, and can be seen ...

3rd Dance It Off brings happiness to Graham County  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — Hoofers came from Sierra Vista, Scottsdale, Round Valley, Tucson and Safford to strut their stuff Saturday.

John Anthony Abeyta | Obituaries  Eastern Arizona Courier

John Anthony Abeyta, also known as Tony, 60, of Safford, passed on March 25, 2017, with family and friends by his side at Banner University Medical Center in ...

Drew John  Arizona Daily Star

Meet the candidate. Age: 59. Occupation: Graham County Supervisor - District 1. Political History: Graham County Supervisor since 2000. John is a native to ...

Arthur Estavillo | Obituaries  Eastern Arizona Courier

Our beloved husband, father, grandfather and best friend, Arthur Estavillo, left this Earth peacefully early Jan. 3, 2016, after a long, hard-fought battle with ...

Safford home to junior national qualifiers in wrestling  Eastern Arizona Courier

PHOENIX — On May 16, young wrestlers competed in an intense, five-round bracket at Highland High School and Basha High School to earn spots at the ...

Braswell, Poteet compete in high school rodeo state finals  White Mountain Independent

SHOW LOW — Two members of the Show Low High School Rodeo Team, under the guidance of Nikki Muzrall, a Show Low High School lab-earth science ...

Michael Benjamin Ray Cluff | Obituaries  Eastern Arizona Courier

Michael Benjamin Ray Cluff passed away Feb. 14, 2017, in Tucson. He was 39 years old. Michael was the youngest son of David B. Cluff and Marie Freestone ...

Bulldogs sweep final home meet of the season  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — The Safford Bulldogs have been dominating track meets throughout southeastern Arizona this spring and the final home meet of the season ...

Charles Hemphill | Obituaries  Eastern Arizona Courier

Charles Hemphill, or “Charlie” as he was known throughout his lifetime, 72, of Safford, entered into rest Saturday evening, Oct. 24, 2015, at the Mount Graham ...

A busy holiday week for law enforcement | Local News Stories  Eastern Arizona Courier

GRAHAM COUNTY — Law enforcement around the Gila Valley found itself constantly on the move during the week leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Safford Rotary announces Phyllis Bryce Teacher Recognition winners  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — In 1993, the Safford Rotary Club began honoring Graham County teachers.

Mt. Graham beats Hayden-Winkelman | Local Sports News  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — In a lose-and-go-home game, the Mt. Graham All-Stars took the lead early and refused to relinquish it.

DAR Good Citizen Awards presented to local high school students  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — The Gila Valley Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the Revolution recently presented the 2017 DAR Good Citizen Award at seven ...

Ten Arizona High Schools Participate in State Auto Technician Competition | Press Release  Mesa Community College News

Arizona High School Automotive Challenge. MESA, Arizona -- March 4, 2016 -- High School students representing 10 Arizona High School automotive programs ...

'The perfect place to have a rodeo,' HS Rodeo rocks Graham County  Eastern Arizona Courier

GRAHAM COUNTY — The Arizona High School Rodeo Association made its Graham County debut this weekend and delivered both entertainment and ...

Mandi Lynn Rios | Obituaries  Eastern Arizona Courier

Mandi Lynn Rios entered into eternal rest early Saturday morning, April 11, 2015, in Phoenix. Mandi entered this world early as a “preemie” on April 21, 1987, ...

Richard Noble Hancock | Obituaries  Eastern Arizona Courier

Funeral services for Richard Noble Hancock, 50, will be held Monday, June 29, 2015, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Solomonville ...

Finch wins 105-lb. title at High School Nationals in Virginia  Eastern Arizona Courier

Put a barrier in front of Ryak Finch, and he will knock it down. The sophomore wrestler from Safford High School already has as impressive a resume as one ...

Arizona Department of Education releases school letter grade records  Eastern Arizona Courier

PHOENIX — After refusing to release school letter grade records distributed to Arizona public schools, and claiming that no list of all scores existed, the Arizona ...

The story of Justin Gaethje’s journey to the UFC  SB Nation

Growing up in Safford, Ariz., sports always played a huge role in professional fighter Justin Gaethje's upbringing. Along with twin brother Marcus, the ...

Graduation: Brianne Fisher | Lifestyle  Eastern Arizona Courier

Safford High School class of 2011 alum Brianne Fisher graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in public *service* and ...

SHS helps with Nathaniel's wish | Local News Stories  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — The sound bounced off the Norma Bellamy Gymnasium walls as the standing-room- only crowd, awash in pink clothing, chanted, “We love ...

BB Andrews | Local News Stories  Eastern Arizona Courier

B.B. Andrews turns the ribs in the smoker, getting them ready for serving by Mission Outreach Ministries at the annual Pioneer Day celebration at Safford High ...

EAC's 24th annual Student Chemistry Adventure brings chemistry to life  Eastern Arizona Courier

THATCHER — Eastern Arizona College's Chemistry Department welcomed 74 high school students and their teachers to the 25th annual Student Chemistry ...

Safford Council approves new police chief selection | Local News Stories  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — It took less than 10 minutes in executive session Tuesday for the Safford City Council debate on the best candidate for the position of police chief.

Safford to host Mini Cheer Camp | Local Sports News  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — Safford High School Spiritline will host a Mini Cheer Camp, May 24, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the SHS gymnasium.

Safford Spirit Line top 3 at state | Local Sports News  Eastern Arizona Courier

PHOENIX — On Saturday, March 7, the Safford High School varsity Spirit Line attended the 29th annual state Pom and Cheer Tournament at the Arizona ...

EAC men open season with scrimmage against D1 prospect Hymes  Eastern Arizona Courier

THATCHER — The Gila Monsters will open the men's basketball season Monday with a scrimmage against an Arizona high school — Hillcrest Prep.

Joey Duane Dale Blan | Obituaries  Eastern Arizona Courier

Joey Duane Dale Blan, 20, of Safford, passed away Dec. 1, 2013. He was born July 31, 1993, to David Blan and Kelleye Joe Collins Blan in Safford.

Safford USD budget OK'd with no discussion  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — The public offered no comment on the 2013-14 budget for Safford schools, and the board followed suit.

Pioneer Title Agency marks 10 years in Thatcher | Local News Stories  Eastern Arizona Courier

THATCHER — On Friday, March 14, Pioneer Title Agency will celebrate its 10th anniversary in Thatcher.

Are you ready to rock? CFA to host Metalhead Friday.  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — The David M. Player Center for the Arts continues to bring in an unprecedented lineup of talented A-List artists to the Gila Valley, embarking on a ...

Originality tough to come by in Arizona high school mascot names

A revival of efforts to come up with a unique nickname for new high schools doesn't always hit the mark but can score big.

Safford holds off Thatcher rally | Local Sports News  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — The Eagles rallied in the top of the seventh, scoring 3, but the Bulldogs were able to hold on.

Peterson appointed new superior court judge | Local News Stories  Eastern Arizona Courier

PHOENIX — The governor has spoken, and Michael D. Peterson has been appointed to be the next Graham County Superior Court judge.

Daniel Rene Nabor | Obituaries  Eastern Arizona Courier

Daniel Rene Nabor, 32, of Green Valley, entered into rest Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in Tucson. He was born on Dec. 27, 1982, in Morenci, to Jerry and Rachel ...

Tad Story | Obituaries  Eastern Arizona Courier

Tad Story died Nov. 7, 2017, after a six-and-a-half-year battle with ALS, at the age of 45. Sports Awards Big Schools and Small Schools Softball Athlete, Coach of the Year, All-Arizona, all-conference teams

The 2017 All-Arizona softball team and All-Conference softball teams were selected by the azcentral sports high school staff. The All-Arizona team represents ...

Safford grad shines on New Mexico St. volleyball court  Eastern Arizona Courier

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Pro athletes “eat, drink, and sleep” their respective sport. It's what it takes to reach such a prestigious level.

Colvin-Jaramillo graduates from basic training | Lifestyle  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Natalie Y. Colvin-Jaramillo graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, ...

EAC welcomes new faculty | Local News Stories  Eastern Arizona Courier

THATCHER — Eastern Arizona College recently welcomed four new faculty and members for the Fall 2014 semester.

Looking back | Local News Stories  Eastern Arizona Courier

Old-man 2006 is leaving the Gila Valley stage with more spring in his step than in years past.

Cold rain doesn't damp HS rodeo spirits  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — The Arizona high school rodeo circuit rolled into the Valley last weekend, along with a very cold and wet storm front, leaving the arena muddy and ...

Safford woman seriously injured in New Year's hit-and-run  Eastern Arizona Courier

TUCSON — A former Safford resident is battling for her life after being one of the victims of an intentional hit-and-run on New Year's Day.

Abalos signs with New Mexico State | Local Sports News  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — Surrounded by family and friends at home Saturday, and three days after having surgery, Jordan Abalos signed her national letter of intent to play ...

2016 All-Academic Girl's Basketball Team (1A-3A)  Sports360AZ

Based on the nominations from coaches and members of the Arizona High School soccer community, Sports360AZ introduces the 2016-17 Arizona ...

Rare illness doesn't stop Thatcher's Radley from collegiate athletics  Eastern Arizona Courier

THATCHER — For most, the high school experience is about going to class, hanging with friends and perhaps playing a sport or two.

SEAZSC awards nine scholarships to local students | Local News Stories  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — The South Eastern Arizona Sportsmen Club recently announced its third year of scholarship winners. The club awarded $4500 in total scholarship ...

Gila Valley's premier artist: Peggy Hancock Black Curtis Esplin  Eastern Arizona Courier

PIMA — She was the fourth daughter born to Frederick Lionel and Hazel Pearl Barney Hancock on Dec. 9, 1928, midway between Safford and Solomonville.

Jacobs' Morenci mine worker killed attempting to rescue woman  Eastern Arizona Courier

He is described by co-workers as everything from “a really nice guy” to “an amazing young man.” They are Jacobs Field Services employees speaking about ...

Walk-off home run leads Morenci All Stars over Mount Graham  Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — The Mount Graham All Stars took on Morenci in the first round of the 10-12-year-old tournament Saturday night.

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