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Arizona School Superintendent Kathy Hoffman was in Douglas on Thursday, Sept. 29, touring Douglas High School and Ray Borane Middle School.

Bruce Whetten wrote about her visit, "School Superintendent Hoffman visits DUSD," check it out at

But she also visited Benson Schools the next day…

BENSON – When Kathy Hoffman became Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2018 it had been 20 years since an educator held the office.

Her education career began in the Vail School District in neighboring Pima County before joining the Peoria School District.

In her first year serving she visited every county in the state, over 150 schools, including 7 of our Tribal Nations.

On Friday, September 30, Hoffman was on her second day of a quick tour of southeastern Arizona schools when she arrived at Benson Elementary School.

Look for my report in the next issues of the Herald/Review, but first listen to the superintendent in her own words…
This weekend is the 13th annual garlic festival. 10am-4pm Sat and Sun at the Triangle T Guest Ranch in Texas Canyon near Dragoon.

4190 Dragoon Rd. $5 entry fee benefits Wounded Warrior Project and Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Live music, food, drinks, and lots and lots of garlic. Fresh garlic, roasted garlic, garlic hotdogs, garlic butter roasted corn, and maybe a little bit of garlic breath. But all worth it, yum!

Til four today and 10-4 tomorrow, check it out Cochise Countians!

Jack is back in Benson BENSON - Jack in the Box, the national fast-food franchise has returned to Benson after a seven-year absence from the Hub City’s culinary scene. After a few months of construction at 601 W 4th St, the new restaurant opened its doors for lunch on July 20 and has been packed with diners since. In a much larger community, the addition of another fast-food restaurant may seem trivial. However, to a city of 5,000 just emerging from a global pandemic, braced to outlast current economic inflation, the opening of another choice in fast food can have notable impact. Within the last year the city lost two locally owned restaurants on the same street, Wild Dogs and Asian Bistro, taking with them a handful of jobs a new restaurant may be able to replace. With Americans consuming some 50 billion hamburgers a year, Jack, and the under-construction Burger King restaurant on the same street, aim to take a bite out of those statistics on behalf of Benson. Keith Campbell is a new partner/owner of the franchise location. His grandfather owned a partnership with the previous Benson Jack and suggested the return to the city when Keith sought a new location to open. “He wanted to come back to Benson, just on this side of the I-10 instead of the north side,” Keith said. The restaurant will be managed by District manager Bridget Ascencio, and manager Chelsie Montaño. They have positions available and encourage anyone interested to apply.... (More)
The Benson Bobcats had a great varsity baseball team this year. Made it to the state finals in their conference. One of those players that made it such a success was outfielder Antonio Rigney, and he's signed his intent to play for Hastings College in Nebraska.

The Broncos are gaining one of Benson’s best players this year. Antonio had a .574 on-base percentage, and once on base he was a threat, compiling 31 stolen bases. He was solid at the plate with a .458 average, 44 hits, and 13 runs batted in.

I spoke with Broncos head coach Joel Schipper about his new recruit.

"We are extremely excited with the signing of Antonio. He holds all the physical abilities - speed, bat, glove - to have great success at the next level. On top of that he is the ultimate competitor and will do whatever is necessary to help his team win. We could not be happier Antonio is a Bronco!"

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