NCCH health field scholarships

Northern Cochise Community Hospital is offering scholarships to high school seniors who are contemplating a career in the many medical disciplines.  Applications are available at the hospital or from your counselor.

Contact Marchand Conyer at 520-384-3541 for more information.

RAM seeks board member by Feb. 20

The Rex Allen Museum Board is accepting letters of intent for an open position, to be filled at the February meeting.

Those interested should go to the Museum to pick up an application or call (520) 384-4583. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the Brass Rail.  Those wanting to eat dinner at the Brass Rail prior to the meeting should arrive at 6 p.m.

Writer’s Bloc writers’ group

Writers’ Bloc writers’ group will be held the second and fourth Saturday of the month (Feb. 23 this month) at 10 a.m. at the Elsie Hogan Library in Willcox, one block west of the Haskell and Maley intersection.

Do you like to write?

Would you like to write the Great American Novel, but don’t know where to start?

Have you written the Great American Novel, but it needs work?

Are you trying to sell your Great American Novel, but you need encouragement? Would you like to join a writers’ group, but don’t want to travel out of town for it?

The Writers’ Bloc is for you! Come and join us!

Wynne Chapel to hold concert

Wynne Chapel will present guest speakers Art and Wanda Peace, and their award-winning music, at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17.

Wynne Chapel is located at Richland Way and First Lane in Richland Ranchettes, in

Cochise, Ariz. Call (520) 826-3353 or visit www.wynnechapel.org for more information.

Come join us for an uplifting evening.

Greatest love story in the valley

ATTENTION MARRIED COUPLES: February is the month of romance! Submit your love story in 300 words or less to the Arizona Range News at rangenews@willcoxrangenews.com by Wednesday, Feb. 21.  The ‘greatest love story’ will be published in the Feb. 27 edition and the person submitting the story will receive a $25 gift certificate for dinner and two tickets for a movie at the Willcox Historic Theater.

Girls softball registration starts

Willcox Girls Softball will be registering girls ages four through 14, every Saturday during February, from 10 a.m. to noon, outside of Safeway. Cost is the same as last year: $35 for the first player, $30 for each additional sibling living in the same home.  

Registration fee will increase to $45, effective Friday, March 1.  If you didn’t play last year, bring a copy of your birth certificate. For more information, contact Daniel Barba at (520) 507-1916.

Rex Allen Days meeting Feb. 19

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, Rex Allen Days, Inc. will hold a meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Big Tex BBQ.  

“On behalf of RAD, Inc, I cordially invite all in the community and surrounding areas to come and meet the 2013 officers, committee chairs and come be a volunteer or sponsor,” said RAD President Michael Clement.  “We’re excited about the events that are planned. We’ll be taking membership donations ($25+), and if you’d like to be a sponsor, come see what we have in store.  Please contact me at rexallenpresident@gmail.com if you have questions or comments.  Thank you, and we hope to see you there.”

Cowbelles award $8,000 in scholarships

Due to the generosity of the community at last year’s dinner dance, the Willcox Cowbelles were able to award eight $1,000 scholarships to area students.  The 2012-2013 scholarship recipients are Megan Skiles of Bowie, Jessica Zamudio of Elfrida, Rachel Claus-Walker and Breanna Watkins of McNeal, Hope Redhawk of Pearce and Tyler Smith, Kaitlyn Patterson and Merel Rodenberg of Willcox.  Thanks to the community’s continual support of the annual dinner dance the Willcox Cowbelles have awarded  $83,400 in scholarships since 1977.

The scholarships are primarily funded with money raised at the annual Willcox Cowbelles Dinner Dance.  Tickets are now available for this year’s event, which will be held on Saturday, March 9 at the Willcox Elks Lodge.  For information or tickets contact Marte Jernigan at 520-384-3123.

American Legion scholarship offered

American Legion Tenley Lopez Post 20 in Willcox sponsors the “Gale Barton Memorial Scholarship.”  

All graduating seniors from our area high schools or graduating seniors participating in a home school program are eligible to participate in the “Gale Barton Memorial Scholarship” program.  

This program is intended to assist those graduating seniors who are pursuing secondary education.  This includes those intending to attend a four-year college/university program, those intending to attend a community college to pursue an Associate Degree, and also those students planning to attend a trade school program.  

You may obtain an application and information on submitting your application at the counseling office of our area high schools, or by contacting Don Ulses at

(520) 766-0526.  

Submission deadline is Friday, April 5.

"Big Dog" Adoption Day Feb. 16

Join us at the Tombstone Animal Shelter for "Big Dog" Adoption Day, on Saturday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The shelter is located on Landin Park Road, Tombstone, one block southeast of the new fire station on Hwy. 80.

Healthy, energetic, fun, friendly big dogs who need good forever homes are waiting for you!  Check out available pets on our “Adopt a Pet” Web site at www.adoptapet.com/shelter81303-pets.html.

Bring along any dogs you already have to check for compatibility. Need accessories for your big dog? Large dog accessories, including crates, food and water containers and other miscellaneous supplies will be available for purchase.

The $25 adoption fee includes shots and spay/neuter. Call (520) 457-2545 for more information.

Alpha Chapter of LCO scholarships

The Arizona Alpha Chapter of Lambda Chi Omega Sorority is offering a scholarship to a graduating high school senior or alumnus from the Willcox area. The amount of the scholarship is $500 biannually for full-time students, renewable each year when a minimum of 12 credits per semester are taken consecutively at a university, community college, trade or technical school.

In order to qualify, an applicant must be a local graduating senior, have a 2.0 grade point average or better, and must be planning to attend college, trade or technical school in the fall following graduation. A completed application, grade transcript, two letters of recommendation, a personal letter detailing applicant’s school and extracurricular activities, as well as goals and supporting documents indicating that the individual will be enrolled as a full-time student in the fall and spring semesters of the upcoming school year, must be submitted to the Scholarship Chairman by Sunday, March 31.

Applications may be picked up at the WHS Counselor’s Office or obtained by contacting a sorority member. Return  forms to the Alpha Chapter of Lambda Chi Omega Sorority: Mary Farbo, Scholarship Chairman, 4620 E. Robbs Road, Willcox, AZ 85643.

Apply for LCO-Beta scholarships

The Lambda Chi Omega (LCO) Beta Chapter is sponsoring two $1,000 scholarships.

One $1,000 scholarship goes to a graduating Willcox High School senior who plans to attend a college, trade, or technical school; and the other to a Willcox High School graduate who has completed at least one year of schooling in a college, trade, or technical school.

Applications will be available on Monday, Feb. 4 from Sheryl Patterson in the counselor’s office at Willcox High School. The deadline to turn in applications at WHS is 4 p.m., Monday,  April 1.

For further information call Patterson at (520) 384-8601.    

FSA  Programs Extended  to  2013

Attention Cochise County Farmers and Ranchers.

The 2013 DCP program  provisions are unchanged from 2012. Signup begins Wednesday, Feb. 19, and ends on Friday, Aug. 2.

Direct payments will be issued October 2013; there is no authority for advanced direct payments.

Counter-cyclical payments for 2013 crops will be issued beginning October 2014 if average prices fall below target levels.

Certification Reminder

All small grain crops such as Barley, Wheat, Oats, Potatoes, and Pecans must be certified no later than Friday, March 15.  

Questions? Call (520) 384-3588, or come by FSA Office, 658 N Bisbee Ave., Willcox.

Brooks Brothers Scholarships

The Brooks Brothers Scholarship Program is sponsoring two $1,000 scholarships; one each to a male and female graduating senior who plans to attend a college, university, or trade/technical school in the fall of 2013.

Applications are now available in Cheryl Patterson's office at Willcox High School.  They must be completed, with all supporting documents on Monday, April 8.

Feburary Fiesta at Singing Winds

“Sun, Sticks, and Mud: 1,000 Years of Earth Building in the Desert Southwest,” by Bart Kaltenbach and Barbara Anschel, Charles Kane’s books on Southwest herbal and medicinal plants, and Frank Rose ‘s “Wildflowers of SE Arizona Mountains,” are the featured selections for the February Fiesta at Singing Wind Bookshop in Benson, at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24. Music by Ted Ramirez. Admission is free. I-10 to exit 304, north 2.4 miles, right on Singing Wind Road. For further information, call (520) 586-2425.

Willcox Little League registration

Willcox Little League registration is $40 through Feb. 9, $45 through Feb. 28 and $50 in March.

Little League will take $5 off for each player after two in a family.

Tryouts March 8 - 9 are for any participant that was not on a MAJOR team last year and any player league age 9 before May 1, 2013 and not on a team currently.

Opening Day parade will be celebrated April 6 at 10 a.m.

Registration packets can be picked up at Justice Court, Terry Accounting Office, Willcox Real Estate, Willcox Elementary and Willcox Middle School.

Packets can be turned in to any Board Member of the league and to Nancy Welch at Willcox Real Estate, Andy Terry at Terry Accounting Services and Trevor Ward at the Justice Court.

All paperwork must be completed in its entirety before a participant is allowed to practice.

Registration must include all of the following: registration form, medical release, parent code of conduct, three proofs of residency dated after Feb. 1, 2012. These must include a physical address and a date after Feb. 1, 2012 and copy of birth certificate.

Minor and T-Ball players will be assigned to a team after the Major League draft.

League age breakdown: T-Ball 4-6; Minors 7-8; Majors 9-12.

Any player 9 or older not drafted will be placed on a Minor team for this year.

Any player 7-9 can be placed in T-Ball if needed. If the need arises, a player can be moved to the Majors level if a team loses a player.

Gardening and Landscaping Feb. 14

20th Annual High Desert Gardening & Landscaping Conference will will be held on Feb. 14, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Windemere Hotel & Conference Center, 2047 S Highway 92 in Sierra Vista.

Contact Jody Sharp-Webb at cochisemg@cals.arizona.edu or 520-458-8278 ext 214.

Cost is $100 for 2 days $65 for one day.

It is sponsored by the Cochise County Master Gardeners Association in conjunction with the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension. With 19 interesting and informative sessions to choose from, the conference benefits all gardeners, novice and seasoned, on the unique opportunities and challenges that gardening in the High Desert Southwest has to offer. Breakfast, Lunch both days and a Friday Reception are included in the registration fee of $65 for one day and $100 for two days. Scholarships are available.

Vendors will be open to the public between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and will feature low water plants/succulents, gardening tools, supplies and artwork, as well as books, rain water harvesting barrels and much more.  To register, call 520-458-8278 ext 2141 or visit www.ag.arizona.edu/cochise/mg/events.

Ag Expo set for  April 6 in Elfrida

Ag Expo is hosted by the Elfrida Community Garden and will provide education to the public on the many ways agriculture touches lives daily.

It will be held Saturday, April 6. Vendor set up begins at 6:30 a.m. and gates open at 7:30 a.m., at the Elfrida Community Garden. It is free and open to the public.

We are still looking for presenters, vendors, and possible demonstrations. Contact Mike Ramirez at (520) 678-2290 rcanyon@powerc.net.

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