Well-Woman Exams Vital For Early Detection

by Jonathan Willms, DO, Chair of OB/GYN, Sun Life Family Health Center Prior to the development of the Pap test, women commonly developed cervical cancer and died from it. In the 1940s, the Pap test was developed as a way to screen not only for cervical cancer, but also for the precancerous changes that could … Read More…

Mock Trial Competition

Pinal County Superior Court Creates Opportunity for Students by Donna McBride, Pinal County Juvenile Court Program Administrator II Pinal County Juvenile Court Services and its Community Advisory Board held its 16th annual Mock Trial Competition March 8. More than 200 middle school and high school students spent the day competing for the titles of best … Read More…

The Prescription Drug Epidemic: The Impact on Our Youth

by Nicole Youcupicio, Casa Grande Alliance, Prevention Specialist The prescription drug abuse epidemic has been a hot topic across our nation recently, but did you know it is also right here in our local community? Not only is this affecting adults, but it has also hit our youth population. Over 4% of youth in Casa … Read More…

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

by Tiffanie Grady-Gillespie, Certified Physical Trainer, CPT, WickedFiTT There can’t be a better time to celebrate physical activity as the weather gets warmer and our days get longer. Created in 1956, the mission of the now-titled President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition has been to increase sports participation among youth of all backgrounds and … Read More…

Let’s Go, Amigo!

Spring has sprung and summer is on the way! by Gigi McWhirter Now is the time when we start planning our getaways. Taking your dog or cat with you and the family can be a lot of fun if you make the proper arrangements. If you are going to fly on a commercial airline, it … Read More…

Readers Reveal: Favorite AZ Day Trip

What is your favorite Arizona day trip destination? Congrats to winners Sara Tavares-Sigala, Wendi Jo, Sylvia Cassity
, Georgette Stathis
, Leslie Sixkiller-Davis, and Annalisa Tapia. Each received a Family 4-Pack of tickets to the Arizona Renaissance Festival! Thank you to everyone who participated! My favorite Az day trip is Sedona. – Karlyn Thomack My favorite Arizona … Read More…

The Overhead Myth

by Matthew Lemberg, Executive Director, The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Casa Grande Valley “How much of my money will go directly to the kids?” This question (and all of the other variations of it I have heard) makes me cringe. It’s based on an outdated belief that financial ratios are the best and/or … Read More…

Creating Safer Communities Through Change

by Donna McBride, Pinal County Juvenile Court Program Administrator II Often, when someone finds out I work for Juvenile Court, the old line comes out, “Back in my day, if I got in trouble at school I got it worse when I got home.” And for many, we can say this is true. But times … Read More…

Purr-purr-trator or Legal Beagle

Keeping Your Pet Safe on the Streets by Gigi McWhirter Learning the rules of the road is not just for pedestrians but also for pet owners, who simply need to know the facts and follow the rules. The City of Casa Grande Animal Care and Adoption Center (CGACC) has published a handy brochure featuring several … Read More…