See the top 5 non-coronavirus-related stories from 2020 in the Phoenix area

Beginning in the new year, Arizona drivers will be subject to a new law prohibiting the use of cell phones while driving. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Beginning in the new year, Arizona drivers will be subject to a new law prohibiting the use of cell phones while driving. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Beginning in the new year, Arizona drivers will be subject to a new law prohibiting the use of cell phones while driving. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Though many stories Community Impact Newspaper reported on this year involved the coronavirus pandemic, other news was happening, too. Here are the top five non-COVID-19-related stories from 2020 in Chandler and Gilbert.

Statewide

Jan. 1 marks first day Arizonans can get pulled over for phone use while driving

Beginning in the new year, Arizona drivers will be subject to a new law prohibiting the use of cell phones while driving.

Chandler



Arizona Department of Transportation announces restrictions, closures on Loop 101

The Arizona Department of Transportation has announced closures and restrictions on Loop 101 through Chandler as construction crews work to add a travel lane in each direction on a stretch of the freeway.

4 recently closed Chandler businesses

Here are four businesses that have recently closed in Chandler.

Gilbert

5 businesses that have closed in Gilbert

Here are five businesses that have recently closed in Gilbert

3 restaurants opening and 1 closing in Gilbert

Two restaurants have opened in the past week in Gilbert. This weekend, one more stands to open, and another is set to close.

Alexa D’Angelo and Tom Blodgett contributed to this report.



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The city of Chandler held its mock election throughout November and tabulated the results of Dec. 1. The mock election was held to test blockchain technology via mobile voting.  (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Chandler sees results from mobile voting mock election

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High Tide at The Steelyard opened Nov. 16. (Courtesy High Tide)
High Tide opens Chandler location at The Steelyard development

A new restaurant opened at The Steelyard in Chandler.

Gila River Hotels & Casinos plans to open Santan Mountain Casino in the next 18-24 months, company officials said. Future plans for the area include a hotel. (Rendering courtesy Gila River Hotels & Casinos)
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Gavel, law books
Gilbert moves to dismiss lawsuit asking courts to throw out bond election results

The town of Gilbert asked Maricopa County Superior Court on Nov. 29 to dismiss a lawsuit that challenged the town’s $515 million streets, transportation and infrastructure bond election.

The day rate for substitute teachers is increasing in the Kyrene School District. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Kyrene School District increases day rate for substitute teachers with COVID-19 relief dollars

The Kyrene School District will now offer substitute teachers $175 per day—up from $115 a day, according to a news release from the district.

Chandler will celebrate the lighting of the Tumbleweed Tree on Dec. 4, according to a news release from the city of Chandler. (Courtesy city of Chandler)
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Sugarland, an interactive display of holiday decorations presented by the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, is open to visitors through Jan. 2. (Courtesy Downtown Chandler Community Partnership)
Interactive holiday display now up in downtown Chandler

Sugarland, an interactive display of holiday decorations presented by the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, is open to visitors through Jan. 2.

Duck Donuts offers made-to-order sweet treats

Duck Donuts set up shop in Chandler in December 2019.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sits beside Samsung CEO Dr. Kinam Kim as he announces the company is brining a $17 billion facility to Taylor. (Screnshot via KXAN)
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Black Rock Coffee Bar opened a location in downtown Chandler Nov. 19. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Black Rock Coffee Bar opens downtown Chandler location

Black Rock Coffee Bar opened its 100th store Nov. 19.