MEET VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR SHIRLEY

by Terri Durham, Office Coordinator Casa Grande is a community with many resources. One resource that is the lifeblood of Seeds of Hope is volunteers. We are able to accomplish our mission because of the in-kind support volunteers give us. Matching a volunteer’s skill set, availability and passions to a program takes delicate coordination. Enlisting … Read More…

COURTROOM DRAMA

by Donna McBride Courtrooms, attorneys, witnesses, tears, cross examinations and a verdict – sounds like a scene out of a Law and Order episode, doesn’t it? For Pinal County Juvenile Court, it is actually part of their Community Advisory Board’s (CAB) educational goal. For the past 13 years, the CAB has sponsored a Mock Trial … Read More…

MEASLES: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

As of July 2, The Arizona Department of Health Services is confirming two new cases of measles, bringing the total to 22 cases stemming from a Pinal County outbreak that began May 26 at a private prison near Eloy. In 2015, seven cases of measles were reported in Arizona and three cases were registered in … Read More…

BEING THE VOICE OF A CHILD

by Lydia Mercier, CASA Advocate – Casa Grande Introduction by Donna McBride Children being removed from their homes due to neglect and abuse have reached an all-time high – more than 1,200 children in Pinal County. The task to protect them is overwhelming for police, social workers, foster families and the courts.  And that’s why … Read More…

PATHWAYS FOR TOXINS TO ENTER YOUR BODY

by Jackie Paunil, MFA, CHC., owner of Terra Madela: Personal Health Coaching One of your most valuable investments will be educating yourself about human health, specifically your own. The quality of your life will depend greatly on your learning and applying your most supportive, healthful options. There are three basic pathways for both beneficial and … Read More…

OUT & ABOUT

Exciting events and striking scenery in Pinal County! If you would like to contribute images of area events, people, pets and scenery, please post on our Facebook page or email to:  editor@raxxdirect.com

THERE IS HELP FOR DRUG ADDICTION

by Stephanie Collier, Prevention Specialist, Casa Grande Alliance Hailey lay in a hospital bed. She had a concussion, a few broken bones and multiple bruises after she passed out while driving and hit a parked car. Unable to get out of bed, she had time to reflect on her past and think about how she … Read More…

“God, what is poor?” – Chapter 5

by Esther Turner Cotton In fond remembrances of Mother and Daddy Dedicated to Nadine, my sister Chapter 5 Nadine and J.T. attended Junior High – or South School – across the railroad tracks and south of town out on the ChuiChui Highway.  Nadine was in sixth grade and J.T. was in seventh. Mother took us into … Read More…