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Cole McCarthy finds life calling at Gilbert Fire Department

By Kelly Athena Cole McCarthy grew up in Ahwatukee, dreaming like many children do about being a firefighter one day. A year ago, McCarthy landed a job with the Gilbert Fire Department, beating out 1,200 other...

Gilbert officer Eric Shuhandler’s accused killer awaits trial eight years later

By Jim Walsh One by one, Gilbert police officers tied blue ribbons on a pole supporting a sign that memorializes their slain colleague, Lt. Eric Shuhandler – only a few yards from where he was...

The Lewises look forward to a Cambodian mission

By Srianthi Perera John and LaCinda Lewis knew since November that they were probably going on a three-year mission to serve the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a mission president and companion. They...

Matthew’s Crossing addresses student hunger in East Valley

By Srianthi Perera Not every child in Gilbert looks forward to the weekend as a time for fun and frivolity. Some approach it with a dread because they may go hungry. That’s why Chandler-based Matthew’s Crossing Food...

Two massive recreation areas being designed for southeast Gilbert

By Srianthi Perera Gilbert officials are moving along on two floodwater detention projects that will produce two new parks – including a massive recreation area in a part of the town that has long been...

Archery range coming to Freestone Park

By Srianthi Perera After four years of trying to establish an archery range in Gilbert, Sandra Reynolds has hit her target. The founder of the nonprofit Gilbert Archery has finalized an agreement with the town to...

Gilbert’s Fire Station 9 will help with four-minute response time

By Srianthi Perera Gilbert ceremoniously broke ground on construction of its last-planned fire station in November. Fire Station No. 9, located near Ocotillo and Higley roads, will serve residents in the far southeast part of town,...

Gilbert students team with NASA for plant experiment

By Melody Birkett Five high school students representing Gilbert stood by at NASA’S Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia recently. They were awaiting the NASA commercial cargo provider, Orbital ATK Cygnus Spacecraft, to launch its eighth...

Gilbert Historical Museum has larger mission as HD South

By Srianthi Perera The Gilbert Historical Museum is a link to the town’s past. But in the future, the museum will be known as HD South. The museum, which is run by the Gilbert Historical Society, has...

Big League Dreams vows fight over town contract termination

By Jim Walsh Gilbert’s stormy relationship with Big League Dreams has been headed for a nasty divorce since July, when the town unilaterally closed the sports park amid safety concerns about the integrity of outfield...