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Old Town Mission makes Thanksgiving special

COTTONWOOD – Before she came to the Old Town Mission, Kellie Wilson was a stay-at-home mom. When she decided it was time to go back to work, Wilson found herself with two job opportunities.

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At Bread of Life Mission, holidays a time to feed body and soul

CAMP VERDE – Duane Burris has a pretty large family, more than 100 members or so. Not related by blood, Burris gathers each Tuesday with his extended family for about 90 minutes at the Town of Camp Verde’s community center gymnasium.

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Police say Main Street crash result of ‘road rage’

A 52-year-old Cottonwood man was yelling at the driver of a small sedan before he pulled in front of him in his pickup truck, slammed on the brakes, caused an accident, and got out in a “fighting posture,” according to Cottonwood Police Sgt. Monica Kuhlt Monday.

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Man accused of luring minor to appear again in court in December

PRESCOTT -- A 19-year-old Cottonwood man facing multiple felony charges involving sexual abuse and luring of a minor will appear again in court on Dec. 10 for a possible Donald hearing and case management conference at the Yavapai County Superior Court in Prescott.

Volunteers help Verde Valley Sanctuary expand services

COTTONWOOD – The Verde Valley Sanctuary is expanding their services to victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault thanks to the expansion of its volunteer program. Demand for services from the Verde Valley Sanctuary including safe shelter, counseling, safety planning and legal support have never been higher.

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Attorney withdraws in Jeremiah Gaver case

PRESCOTT -- Jeremiah Gaver has a new public defender after former attorney, Tony Gonzales, filed a motion to withdraw on Nov. 8.

Former Cottonwood teacher pleads to delinquency of a minor

A former Cottonwood teacher who was facing charges of sexual conduct with a minor pleaded down to two misdemeanor charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor on Oct. 29.

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Incoming secretary of state to support laws that increase campaign finance transparency

PHOENIX -- Incoming Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said Monday she believes political parties should be required to report when they spend money to elect specific candidates even as she defended the failure of the Arizona Democratic Party to disclose what it spent to get her elected.

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Ducey names former political rival to Arizona Board of Regents

PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey appointed Fred DuVal Monday to the Arizona Board of Regents four years after getting himself elected by blasting his Democrat foe for sharp increases he approved in university tuition.

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Verde Village volunteers clean 2 miles of Highway 260

Verde Village Property Owners’ Association Highway Cleanup Chairman Mal Otterson met with Verde Village volunteers at the Hillside Church, Cottonwood, at 8 a.m. Saturday with sticks, trash bags and safety vests for volunteers who braved chilly early morning weather to pick up trash.

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Full merger? Camp Verde, Montezuma-Rimrock fire districts could become Copper Canyon Fire and Medical District

VERDE VALLEY – On July 1, 2016, the Camp Verde and Montezuma-Rimrock fire districts entered into a Joint Powers Agreement. That agreement created the Copper Canyon Fire Medical Authority.

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RV Park ‘another great economic boost’

400-plus unit site at SR 260, I-17 expected to be completed May 2019

CAMP VERDE – By May 2019, the 400-plus unit recreational vehicle site at I-17 and SR 260 should be completed and ready for business.

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Arizona hopes to convince teens to ‘Escape the Vape’

While purchase of tobacco and similar products is legal statewide at 18, two Arizona communities, Douglas and Cottonwood, have raised the age to buy and use these to 21.

Alarmed by the sharp increase of youth "vaping,'' state health officials are preparing a campaign they hope will scare teens from starting or, if it's too late for that, get them to quit.

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Jerome to fill vacant council seat Tuesday

JEROME – Jerome Town Council may fill its empty council seat Tuesday during a special meeting.

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Police: 19-year-old men died of accidental overdose involving fentanyl

The deaths of 19-year-olds Gunner Bundrick and Jake Morales have been ruled an accidental overdose of illicit drugs and fentanyl intoxication, according to a Yavapai County Medical Examiner report obtained by The Daily Courier.

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‘A Magical Christmas’ concert by Cottonwood Community Band Dec. 2, 16

The Cottonwood Community Band is presenting their annual Christmas concerts, “A Magical Christmas” under the direction of Dr. Sy Brandon.

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County to review permit for Sedona Vista Village master sign plan

Vacation rental approval also on Tuesday agenda

COTTONWOOD -- The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will discuss a permit Tuesday regarding a sign plan for Sedona Vista Village in the Village of Oak Creek.

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Final four: Community stakeholders meet finalists for Cottonwood City Manager

Community members and stakeholders from all over the Verde Valley had the chance to meet the finalists Friday morning at the Cottonwood Recreation Center.

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Homeless group seeks new cold-weather shelter in Cottonwood

Raena Avalon has had success sheltering Cottonwood’s homeless population.

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Becky O’Banion steps down from school board, but not from Verde Valley education

CLARKDALE – As of 5:59 p.m. Tuesday, Becky O’Banion is no longer on the Clarkdale-Jerome School Board.

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Alex Barber selected as mayor of Jerome

JEROME – Alex Barber was appointed Mayor of Jerome Tuesday by an almost entirely new council Tuesday.

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Cottonwood looks at rate increase for water, wastewater

Council directs staff to reevaluate numbers for wastewater increase

COTTONWOOD – Cottonwood City Council looked at potentially raising utility rates for water and wastewater Tuesday during a work session.

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Clarkdale swears in Regner, Hunseder

Richard Dehnert reappointed vice mayor

- Clarkdale Town Council swore in council members Bill Regner and Debbie Hunseder Tuesday.

Thunder and Lightnin’, pony rides, Farm-a-go-go all part of Cornville’s Olde Tyme Country Fair

CORNVILLE – From 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 come to the Olde Tyme Country Fair at Oak Creek School.

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Flake threatens judicial nominations, to force vote on special counsel

Sen. Jeff Flake said Wednesday he will oppose all judicial confirmations until the Senate is allowed to vote on a bill to keep the White House from interfering in an investigation of possible Russian meddling in the 2016 election