1 year ago
November 2, 2011
• Coolidge Councilman Les Curry recently gave city officials notification of his resignation from the council effective Nov. 1. Curry, who has spent about three years on the council, was elected in 2008 by a razor thin margin and is the current focus of an Attorney General’s investigation regarding his former business, Curry Homes.
• Officer Tyron Coleman of the Coolidge Police Department recently received recognition for his proactive efforts in curbing alcohol related vehicle incidents. Coleman received the acknowledgement Oct. 11 during the annual Mothers Against Drunk Driving DUI Enforcement Awards banquet.
• Dr. Andd Becker’s passion is books. But it’s not just reading books. The Coolidge resident donated 500 books in October to five schools in Coolidge.
15 years ago
October 29, 1997
• The Coolidge Unified School District’s governing board Oct. 20 unanimously approved sending a petition to the Pinal County Board of Supervisors requesting permission to exceed budget limits. The action was taken during a special meeting. Before the special meeting, a community hearing was conducted.
• With voter turnout in Coolidge averaging just 17 percent, while absentee voting increases, the Coolidge City Council is entertaining the idea of letting everyone vote by mail in spring’s election. The council will vote on whether to use mail ballots at its Nov. 10 meeting.
• Search and Rescue team member Brock Robert Armstrong, son of Bob and Brenda Armstrong, completed basic training with the U.S. Navy in Great Lakes, Ill. Oct. 10. Armstrong will be stationed in Pensacola, Fla. for further training. He is a 1997 graduate of Coolidge High School.
30 years ago
October 28, 1982
• Coolidge, as of Nov. 21, will lose its Greyhound Lines bus service. The change was announced by O.L. Quihuis, district supervisor, Phoenix, who said the change was due to economic conditions.
• When Ron and Margo Emmert could not find the type of care home they wanted for Brandon, their mentally handicapped son, they began Brandon Acres, Inc., a Christian home for mentally handicapped young adults.
• Coolidge High School and Central School both released the names of the students who obtained the honor roll for the first six weeks of the academic year. The lists were divided by seniors and juniors with 1.000 averages and those with 2.000 averages.
40 years ago
November 2, 1972
• The long-standing question of annexing Coolidge’s South Side was resolved Monday when city council voted unanimously to annex the area effective in 30 days. The decision was made in the face of some dissenting residents during a special meeting in the council chambers. The annexation stretches from Picacho St. to 9th St., and from Seagoe Ave. to Martin Rd.
• The Coolidge City Council, meeting in a closed session after the special meeting Monday night, named City Clerk Thomas M. Dorn acting city manager, and police Sgt. Ray Davis acting chief of police. The action was taken after the dismissal Oct. 24 of City Manager Robert Briscoe and the resignation of Chief Roger Boddy.
• Coolidge customers of the Arizona Water Company will notice more than an 11-percent increase in their monthly water bills if the Arizona Corporation Commission okays a rate increase sought by the water company.
50 years ago
November 2, 1962
• Thousand of Arizonans will go to the polls throughout Tuesday to cast their ballots in this off-presidential election year with chief interest in Pinal County centered on the races for governor, attorney general, U.S. representative in the second district, U.S. senator, county sheriff, county assessor, state senator and state representative in District Two.
• In an effort to halt burglaries of Coolidge business places and to speed investigations when they occur, police have begun a new program of surveying business places and gathering information on security, according to Chief Bill Purden.
• To “show off” its new, recently opened classroom building, Kenilworth School will have an open-house Thursday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. Parents, as well as other interested citizens, have been invited.
60 years ago
October 31, 1952
• Four persons were killed and four injured, one perhaps fatally, in a terrific two-car crash at 12:30 p.m. yesterday at the intersection of Selma Road and Highway 84, two miles east of Casa Grande. Critically injured was Frank Williams of Casa Grade, member of the Pinal County Board of Supervisors.
• Formal opening of the Complete Auto and Home Supply Company’s beautiful new home at 466 West Central avenue will be held tomorrow. Orchids for the ladies, smokes for the men, and hundreds of balloons and lollipops for the children will be distributed.
• Jubilant because its Sixth Annual Stampede went into the records as most successful in the event’s history, the Coolidge Junior Chamber of Commerce this week was perfecting plans for ground-breaking ceremonies for a Boys and Girls Scouts clubhouse, its current project.