We are now in a brand new year, 2020. The end of one year and the start of a new one is a time for reflection, and 2019 certainly gave us plenty to think about. As a community, our attention was focused on celebrations and tragedies, annual events, and some fires as well.

A few untimely deaths crept into the picture, and Parker got some welcome economic news in the way of a new hemp processing plant.

Here are the top stories, as selected by the Pioneer staff, in no particular order:

CRIT's Audriana Mitchell named Miss Indian Arizona 2019-20


Railroad bridge reopened less than one week after fire


Monsoon storm swings through La Paz County


Fire damages VFW and Eagles buildings


Freeman sentenced to life in prison, no parole


Proposed smelter to go before Supervisors Jan. 13


British music duo killed in accident on I-10


EPCOR wants to buy Brooke Water


Hemp processing plan planned


CRIT to close Riverivew Mobile Home Park at end of February


Young people killed in accidents

Mosley speeding case comes to an end

The Pioneer’s staff agreed that the stories presented here represent some of the most important, or at least some of the most interesting, events that occurred in Parker in 2019. This list is by no means supposed to be objective or all-inclusive. Chances are, you may have some different ideas about what the top stories of the year were. If that’s the case, we hope you’ll share your ideas with us.

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