Looking back 50 years ago

Sheriff Coy De Arman, center, flanked by deputies Lloyd Bramlett, left, and Ralph Marmion, examine a burlap bag containing 40 pounds of marijuana. The marijuana was found in the desert by hunters on the night of Nov. 2, 1969. It had been wrapped in individual one-kilo packages. Investigators in the Sheriff’s office are working on the case.

One year ago

Nov. 7, 2018

From Chicken Little to Spider-Man, goblins to ghouls, the gamut of Halloween’s frightful, amusing and downright adorable personas arrived at Kenilworth Sports Complex for an evening fill with plenty of fun and candy. The Coolidge Parks and Recreation Department hosted its annual Halloween carnival last Wednesday. The free event featured a number of entertaining activities for children and their families to enjoy, including a photo booth, jumping castles and a pumpkin contest.

A suspect wanted for an armed robbery that occurred in Coolidge has been arrested in connection with a Pinal County homicide case. Timothy Lewis, 33, was arrested on Wednesday by the Gila River Police Department in connection with a homicide that occurred Sept. 26 in Sacaton. Lewis is also believed to be the suspect wanted by police for an armed robbery that occurred in Coolidge last week. The incident occurred just after 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 29 at Little Caesars Pizza, which shares a location with Discovery Market, 295 S. Arizona Blvd.

The Open Hands Outreach Center is now accepting donations after the program’s food pantry was burglarized early Friday morning. The incident, Outreach Director Tom Hunt said, occurred sometime between 9 p.m. Thursday evening and 7:30 a.m. Friday morning. According to Hunt, an unknown person kicked in the door of the pantry, located on Main Street. In total, the burglars stole approximately $3,000 worth of goods, including canned goods and food intended for distribution to families in need.

Five years ago

Nov. 5, 2014

Five people from very different and yet specifically similar pasts, some of whom had never previously met, are now living under the same roof. This could be seen as the premise of a dysfunctional reality show, but at the Kennedy House, it serves as a saving grace for some deserving of the help. Open Hands Outreach Program this year agreed to purchase the home of Barney Kennedy, which was formerly his shoe repair shop, and turn it into a shelter for homeless veterans. Since then, five people have moved into the home and made it their own, with a renovated interior and new thriving garden growing off to the side.

After a discussion that went three different ways before coming to a split decision, the mayor and members of the city council will begin receiving raises when the calendar turns to 2015. By a vote of 3-2, an option that increases the mayor’s salary from $200 per month to $600 per month, and the council members’ salaries from $100 per month to $400 per month. Mayor Tom Shope and council member/Mayor-elect Jon Thompson voted against that option. Shope remained in support of his own option, which would have simply doubled the salaries to $400 for the mayor and $200 for the council. Thompson, who had previously voiced his support for a raise so people wouldn’t be priced out of running for office, said after the meeting that Shope’s option might have been more worthy of approval.

Now that people have had the chance to see what was done with the reconstruction of Coolidge Avenue, there are fears of the impact that could be felt when the same project happens on Central Avenue. Coolidge Public Works Director Susanna Struble and Clark Clatanoff, the project manager from design firm AMEC, met with business and property owners whose buildings line Central Avenue to discuss the many issues revolving around the upcoming reconstruction of Coolidge Avenue. During the public meeting at the Coolidge Chamber of Commerce on Thursday morning, a couple parties brought forward their disapproval of Coolidge Avenue and their hopes that the same thing won’t be done to Central.

10 years ago

Nov. 4, 2009

After much waiting and anticipation, the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument has seen a step in the right direction concerning a boundary expansion project to further protect the ancient site in its entirety. The Ruins staff and other archaeological site preservationists have been involved in discussions for several years, but have just acquired one imperative step in the right direction — the support of both local councils. The Coolidge City council voted unanimously Oct. 26 to support the expansion on the city’s behalf and on Aug. 3, the Florence Town Council voted unanimously to do the same.

After nearly two weeks off, work crews are back on Arizona Boulevard, this time using some “tweaked” mixed designs. Prior to the halt, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) discovered several penalties in asphalt samples, which had already been poured. The penalties were enough to freeze operations, and caused officials to further analyze possibilities to correct the problems.

50 years ago

Nov. 6, 1969

Persons who are sons of appointed public officials in Pinal County, as well as persons who are sons of personnel at Central Arizona College, are known by police to be dope pushers, State Representative Craig Davids told the Coolidge Examiner Monday. Davids said police had given him this information on a number of occasions. In a Monday interview with the Examiner, Davids charged that Coolidge and the Central Arizona College campus are narcotics traffic trouble spots. He also mentioned a number of other Pinal county towns, specifically naming Apache Junction, Superior, Kearny, San Manuel, and Casa Grande.

Coming on the heels of State Representative Craig Davids’ charges of drugs in Coolidge and other parts of Pinal County, was the announcement yesterday by Sheriffs’ deputies of the discovery of a 40 pound cache of marijuana in the desert. Deputies said a burlap bag containing 20 individual kilo packages of marijuana had been found in the desert three miles off the Tucson highway, ten miles Southeast of Florence. Deputies reported that the bag appeared to have been dropped from an airplane at some other point in the desert before being moved to the location where it was found.

60 years ago

Nov. 6, 1959

Three years ago last June my family and I ended our fist visit in Arizona. It had been a pleasant stay and all of us were a little sad with the thoughts that we might not return, at least for a long time. But the allure of the West had its effect on us, and we had no idea that one exposure could be so enduring. We even laughed away the prediction of a filling station attendant who serviced our car and guessed correctly that we were “heading home.” He smiled and seemed very confident when he said, “You’ll come back.” We did — twice. I think we wanted to make certain during our second visit, that life in Arizona was as delightful as we remembered. Fully convinced, we returned for permanent residency in February of this year. The only thing missing was an opportunity to resume the pleasure, satisfaction and challenge experienced in publishing a weekly newspaper. Now this wish has been fulfilled, and I proudly and happily join and organization which is devoted to serving several Arizona’s communities (sic). All newspapers serve their communities, if they are good ones, but I believe weeklies have greater success because they are close to the one element that determines the success and morality of any community, the individual.