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Nonprofit group set to revitalize Az City Golf Course
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ARIZONA CITY — The formation of a nonprofit organization has led to the early stages of revitalizing the Arizona City Golf Course and restaurant.

In a press release, Arizona City Golf Course Preservation LLC stated that it was established for the beautification of Arizona City, its recreation and a plan of constantly improving the community.

Kim Allen with the Arizona City Sanitary District made the announcement of leasing the golf course at the Arizona City Chamber of Commerce luncheon on May 19.

The organization is made up of five volunteers, including Arizona City Fire District Chief Jeff Heaton, and has agreed on a lease with the Sanitary District, which owns the course.

“Our hope is to make it a gem in our community again and have it be something that grows into this community to build with that,” Heaton said at the chamber luncheon. “We’re trying to look past what the golf course may have been in the past and look at what it could be in the future.”

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Kim Allen with the Arizona City Sanitary District speaks at the Arizona City chamber’s monthly luncheon on May 19.

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Arizona City Fire District Chief Jeff Heaton

In the press release, the organization stated it is looking for investors and has already collected and deposited 65% of it fundraising goal.

Heaton announced that the shares are $1,000 each with a minimum five-share buy-in.

The golf course has not been in operation for two years and the organization has a lot of work to do both on the course and to the clubhouse.

“We’re in the process of buying equipment and hiring staff,” Heaton said. “We’re hiring professionals. I am not a golf course professional, I am a fire guy, but we’re hiring the right people in the right places.”

The plan is to reopen the restaurant and bar in the summer and have the golf course running by November.

The press release also stated the community’s annual July 3 celebration and fireworks will be held at the golf course.

There are also plans to host “concerts on the green” and having a junior golf program.

Those interested in being a shareholder should email arizonacitycapitalinvestment@gmail.com.

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Fire district's 'Water Days' returning this summer
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ARIZONA CITY — Kids in the Arizona City community will have something to look forward to this summer as the Arizona City Fire District will hold its Water Days program.

The district’s summer safety program will kick off on June 7 and will run from 10 a.m. to noon every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Last year the district was unable to hold the program because of COVID-19. Because the virus is still a concern for some people, it will shorten the time frame of this year’s program.

Rather than the usual 12 weeks, Water Days will only run for seven weeks this summer.

The event began six years ago and offers kids outdoor activities to cool off in a safe environment and also a free lunch.

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PCSO identifies cyclist in fatal Az City accident
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ARIZONA CITY — The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of a man who was killed while riding his bicycle near Arizona City this month.

Raymond Valdez, 67, was riding his bicycle around 6:40 p.m. May 10 near West Battaglia Drive and La Rambia Road when he was struck by a vehicle, according to PCSO spokeswoman Lauren Reimer. The motorist driving the vehicle stopped, called 911 and waited for deputies to arrive. Valdez was transported to a local hospital where he was declared dead.

PCSO is still investigating the incident, however neither drugs nor alcohol appear to be a factor in the accident, Reimer said.