NEW CITY MANAGER

Larry Rains, now Casa Grande’s deputy city manager, is expected to be appointed as the next city manager Monday night, taking over from Jim Thompson when the latter leaves in August. “The appointment of Mr. Rains will provide the city with a capable leader who is already familiar with the community as well as has detailed knowledge concerning … Read More…

INTERSTATE WORK

Interstate 8 between Bianco Road and the junction of I-10 continues to have daily lane restrictions in both directions through  late April for paving. The slowdowns include the I-10/I-8 interchange and the I-8 ramps at Thornton Road and Trekell road. The updated schedule is at www.haroldkitching.com/news.

HIGHWAY CLOSING

If you’ll be heading to Maricopa on Saturday, be aware that the Maricopa-CG Highway will be closed that day from White and Park Road to Antone Street for paving between 8 a.m.-5 p.m., forcing you into an 11-mile detour. For more information visit www.haroldkitching.com/news.

CGMS DRUGS

The Police Department is investigating a case at Casa Grande Middle School where a student apparently brought prescription drugs to the campus and handed them out to other students. Police said six students were displaying symptoms of side effects from morphine and Oxycodone. For more information visit  www.haroldkitching.com/police.

FATAL HIT AND RUN

Casa Grande police officers have arrested 40-year-old Christina Rascon in the Saturday night hit-and-run at Kadota Avenue and Saguaro Street that resulted in the death of 20-year-old Emily Akins. Visit www.haroldkitching.com/police for more information.

POOL RENOVATE

Renovation of the pool at Carr McNatt Park will be completed in time for the beginning of summer swim season, the parks and Recreation Advisory Board was told during its Wednesday night meeting. “Right now, we have got California Pools and Landscape on site,” Recreation Superintendent Matt Jankowski said. “This is the second week they’ve been working on the facility.” For more information visit www.haroldkitching.com/community.

Recreation Center Update

By the middle of May, the contractor for the proposed Casa Grande community recreation center should be meeting with city officials to put forth a design schedule for the project, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board was told Wednesday night. As that progresses, Community Services Director Bill Schwind said, “we’ll be scheduling meetings with potentially user groups as … Read More…

BODY FOUND

The body of 63-year-old Casa Grande resident Johnny Meier, missing since March 24, has been found in the desert south of Arizona City, the Police Department said. He apparently died from the elements. Nothing found at the scene indicates foul play, the announcement said. For more information visit www.haroldkitching.com/police.

SIDEWALKS

Initial approval has been given by the City Council to a contract to rebuild the high sidewalks along First Street between North Sacaton and North Florence streets, making them ADA compliant. A separate request has been issued for a master plan for stormwater runoff control in the downtown area, using First Street as a main channel. For more information visit www.haroldkitching.com/news.

CACHERIS SIGNAL

The City Council has unanimously approved working with the Arizona Department of Transportation to get federal funding for a hybrid beacon signal near Cacheris Court on Florence Boulevard, the area of four pedestrian fatalities. But, there were questions about whether people would actually use the signal and whether it could cause traffic tie-ups because of signals already at Hennessy Road and Camino Mercado. For … Read More…