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Bob Leal

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Volunteers in a frenzy to provide meals to region’s struggling families

Food Bank will feed 30,000-plus on Thanksgiving

There was a swarm of activity Thursday at the Kingman Area Food Bank on Butler Avenue as people were gathering food supplies.

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Sorensen celebrates her 104th in style

Ruth Sorensen celebrated her 104th birthday Thursday with friends at White Cliffs Senior Living.

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Diesel Power: New K-9 reports for duty with KPD

The police department’s newest K-9, Diesel, along with handler Officer Adam Simonsen, were introduced during the City Council meeting Tuesday evening.

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Elections department continues to work long after the vote

While voters cast their ballots Nov. 8 and ended the process, Mohave County Elections Department Director Allen Tempert and his staff are busier than bird dogs.

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Embezzlement suspect back in court

Richards is accused of taking more than $1M from the city of Kingman

Diane Maxine Richards, who authorities say embezzled more than a million dollars from the city, made an appearance Monday in Mohave County Superior Court in front of Judge Billy Sipe.

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American Legion honors veterans in poignant ceremont at Mountain View Cemetery

The three dozen or so folks who attended a ceremony honoring veterans at 11 a.m. Friday might have been small in number, but they were huge in gratitude to veterans.

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Shannon’s experiences in Korea terrifying

Honoring All Who Served

He was shot once in his left arm and bayoneted in the right arm.

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Toddler’s broken leg leads to arrest

A 2-year-old boy was airlifted to Sunrise Medical Center in Las Vegas with a fractured femur, and a 23-year-old who allegedly caused the injury was arrested, according to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Department.

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Homeowners fear impact of downtown district rules

An overflow crowd of more than 50 attended the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting at Council Chambers on Tuesday evening to learn about and express their desires for a proposed Downtown Development District.

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Woman ‘grateful’ after house fire

A modern cautionary tale: Hot laptop started smoky, destructive Golden Valley blaze

Despite Dorothy Buckelew’s house being a complete mess, she is “feeling very blessed and grateful.”

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Gates tops Anderson in race for Kingman mayor

Kingman voters ended Monica Gates’ 10-year absence from Council Chambers Tuesday, pushing her back into the mayor’s chair with a 4,981-4,499 win over one-term incumbent Dick Anderson.

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KPD doggedly pursues absent Kingmanites, including one not seen since ‘85

Families go through agony, anguish and heartbreak when they talk about their loved ones who have gone missing.

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United Way offers free tax assistance

The tax season is rearing its head, but because of a new program people may not be familiar with, plenty of area residents can qualify to have their taxes done for free.

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High profile cases move through courts

Murder, torture suspects edge closer to their dates with Mohave County juries

Two alleged murderers and a man accused of torturing his girlfriend and her son all made Mohave County Superior Court appearances recently.

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What’s at stake in Tuesday’s Kingman Crossing question

Voters have chance to shape future of Kingman

Those who cast a ballot will be asked if they support the city selling around 150 acres of land south of Interstate 40 and west of Cherokee Street.

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The race for mayor: Anderson stands on record; Gates touts leadership

Incumbent Richard Anderson faces off on the ballot against Monica Gates, who was mayor from 2004-2006.

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Big Industrial celebrates renovation

KINGMAN – Smiles and handshakes were abundant among the 35 people in attendance Thursday around noon as Big Industrial staged a ribbon cutting event to celebrate its purchase and renovation of the old Southwire facility at the Kingman Airport & Industrial Park.

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*Update* - Council lowers utility fee

Sewer rate will decrease $3 a month

The City Council on Tuesday evening voted unanimously to use a customer-based allocation from a windfall for sewer customers that will amount to an annual savings of $39.31.

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Red Ribbon Week at Cerbat Elementary

Building character at Cerbat Elementary

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Runway no longer Kingman’s dross to bear

Bumpy, lumpy runway on the way out; $400,000 investigation first step in fixing dross damage

The Dross Site cleanup at the airport is now headed into its first phase as the city of Kingman and the Kingman Airport Authority were successful in suing the federal government.

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Animal rescuer suffered setback when big rig hit her trailer on I-40

Boxer now fights for animals

Suzy Taylor faced plenty of challenges as a boxer, and being a two-time world champion, she had plenty of success.

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Sewer rate reduction on agenda today

Council expected to OK deal to lower annual debt

Will a sewer reduction make you flush?

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Plenty to do on Halloween night

Spook it up

It might be Monday, the scariest day of the week for many people, but it’s also Halloween and there’s plenty to see and do here in Kingman.

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Keep your pets safe on Halloween

It’s easy to get caught up in the fun of Halloween, but pet owners would be wise to follow some precautions.

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State rep hails arrival of 1 gig internet speed

Users of Suddenlink internet service just got a boost.

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Murderer OKs deal

How long Richard Joseph Polaski will spend in jail for murdering his close friend will be determined by Mohave County Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen on Nov. 21 at 3 p.m.

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Council lessens distance rules on failed septic systems

The City Council on Tuesday followed the Municipal Utility Commission’s direction by lessening the distance that homeowners will have to abide by if their septic system fails.

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Man who allegedly murdered neighbor has court appearance

Alleged murderer Victor Steven Empie made a court appearance Monday morning in front of Judge Billy Sipe in Mohave County Superior Court.

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Community reaches out to Korean War veteran in need of wheels

Korean War veteran Louis Shannon of Kingman is mighty thankful to community members after they helped him obtain a battery-powered wheelchair after his old one broke down.

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Council expected to alter septic and sewer rules

Report ready on plan to move city hall to school

City Council is expected to alter rules dealing with existing homes that utilize septic systems at its meeting today at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers, 310 N. Fourth St.

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American Airlines to begin daily service from Laughlin/Bullhead to Phoenix

Flights take wing in February

American Airlines will begin daily nonstop service between Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in February.

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Developing the workforce: Free resource awaits job seekers and employers

Being jobless can be a very stressful time and can lead to all kinds of pressure nobody wants in their life.

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Alleged embezzler has brief court appearance

The woman who authorities say committed the largest known embezzlement in city history had a brief appearance in Mohave County Superior Court on Tuesday.

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Mohave Community Orchestra opens its season Oct. 22

The Mohave Community Orchestra has scheduled its first concert of the season at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Kingman High School’s Aguilar Auditorium, 4182 Bank St.

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Pink Deals at Grandma’s Treasure

Grandma’s Treasure Thrift Store is joining the fight against cancer with anything pink or pink-shaded half off.

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Eagles run, throw their way past Volunteers, 32-7

The Lee Williams varsity football team was outplayed in every phase of the game as the Flagstaff Eagles ran and passed their way to a 32-7 victory Friday at LWHS.

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Eagles run, throw their way past Lee Williams, 32-7

The Lee Williams varsity football team was outplayed in every phase of the game as the Flagstaff Eagles ran and passed their way to a 32-7 victory Friday at LWHS.

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*Update* - ‘Pink Heals’ Block Party kicks off fight against cancer

A number of upcoming events are on tap to fight against and raise awareness of cancer.

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Council moves to boost business in city

The City Council voted Tuesday during its meeting to proceed with two plans that could potentially boost business here.

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Driving - and surviving - on truckheavy highways and interstates

With Interstate 40 cutting through the city with an abundance of commercial vehicles, driving in the area could be a precarious endeavor if it wasn’t for the efforts of the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s Highway Patrol Division.

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Downtown Development District in Council’s sights

The City Council will consider initiating zoning and map amendments to create a Downtown Development District at its meeting today.

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Cub Scouts Packing Food

Cub Scouts Pack 53 spent the last four weeks participating in its Fall Food Drive competition between dens.

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Tales from the Appalachian Trail

Casson conquers 2,100-plus mile walk

Jon Casson of Kingman succeeded in an endeavor that four of five people fail at. Hiking the entire Appalachian Trail, all 2,189 miles of it.

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Torture suspect arraigned, indicted on charges

“This is the worst (case) that I can think of in my 25 years.”

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Lab testing service opening in Safeway store

Sonora Quest Laboratories and Safeway announced they will be opening a new Patient Service Center in the Safeway grocery store located at 3970 Stockton Hill Road.

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New Truxton water filtration system gets the arsenic out

Longtime compliance issue comes to end with federal health standard for arsenic now met

The Truxton Canyon Water Company got a clean bill of health from the government for its arsenic filtering system recently.

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Phillips shooting second for officer involved

Evan Hopper of the Kingman Police Department, who was involved in the shooting death Aug. 29 of Paula Dell Phillips, was involved in another shooting, that one nonfatal, in 2012.

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*Update* - Kingman couple arrested on murder charge

Brewster, Harris allegedly killed, buried man in LA

Two Kingman residents were arrested Friday in Seligman and charged with murder in a case from 2015 in Phelan, Calif.

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*Update* - Woman pointed shotgun at Kingman officer prior to deadly shooting

Police: Phillips told parents she might harm herself 40 minutes before her death

An investigation has reportedly revealed that the woman who was shot to death Aug. 29 by a Kingman Police Department officer pointed a loaded and cocked .410 shotgun at him.

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Best of the West on Route 66 Festival, Andy Devine Days starts today

The Big Weekend is here, Kingman

The temperatures will be cool for what organizers of the Best of the West on Route 66 Festival plan on being a blazing good time for attendees.

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