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Update: Road closure, power outage caused by vehicle collision

Two people were transported to hospital

Two people were transported to the hospital Thursday after a vehicle collision along State Route 89A and 260 that subsequently caused a power outage.

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UPDATE: Dr. Daniel Bright teacher arrested for alleged sex with 17-year-old boy

A middle school teacher, 22-year-old Isabella Miller-Bowman, at Dr. Daniel Bright School, was arrested Thursday for an alleged sexual encounter with a 17-year-old boy.

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Chantry Trial: Court dismissed without a verdict after first day of deliberations

Jury to return next Tuesday at 9 a.m. in Camp Verde

The trial of a former pastor charged with multiple counts of child molestation and assault ended its fourth week Thursday without a verdict.

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Education tax hike on wealthy hinges on difference between ‘percent’ vs. ‘percentage point’

At a hearing Tuesday, both sides agreed that the Invest in Ed initiative would boost the tax rate on earnings above $250,000 a year for individuals and $500,000 from 4.54 percent to 8 percent. And what’s clear is that the mathematical difference between the two figures is 3.46.

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Governor adamant on need for for school safety bill

Gov. Doug Ducey is doubling down on his push for a law to let judges take guns from some people considered “dangerous’’ even though it was that provision that killed pretty much his entire school safety plan earlier this year.

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Chantry Trial: Attorneys begin closing arguments after four weeks of testimony

Prosecuting attorney calls former pastor a ‘sick, twisted pedophile’

Prosecuting attorney Susan Eazer called the defendant in a child assault and molestation case a ‘sick, twisted pedophile’ Wednesday during her closing rebuttal.

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Unlike Trump, governor says media not ‘enemy of the people’

“The FAKE NEWS media is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!’’ he tweeted in February, specifically singling out the New York Times, NBC, CBS, ABC and CNN.

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Numbers Game: Ducey, Bennett debate, defend their state fiscal policies

The decision for Republicans on who to nominate for governor could depend on whose numbers they believe.

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Cottonwood plans small business boot camp

Learn the basics of starting and growing your small business at the Small Business Boot Camp.

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Friends of the Verde River celebrate new look with logo launch party

Do you love the Verde River? Now you can wear your love for the Verde. Join Friends of the Verde River (Friends) at their Logo Launch Party, Saturday, August 11, 6-9 p.m., at Bueno Marketplace & Printshop in Old Town Cottonwood. Friends recently redesigned their logo with a contemporary new look and is celebrating with a logo launch and merchandise release party.

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Local couple leaving no stone unturned to re-unite with beloved English bulldog

Rocky is out there, and his owners are hoping the English bulldog makes a break from his captors

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Cottonwood Council to hold public hearing on city budget August 7

The Cottonwood City Council will conduct a public hearing on the final fiscal year 2019 budget at 6 p.m., Aug. 7, at the City Council Chambers, 826 North Main Street, Cottonwood.

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Plan calls for Starbucks to be located in former Cottonwood Chamber building

Starbucks is trying to corner the coffee business at the intersection of Arizona 89Aand SR260, at the former home of the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce.

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Yavapai College prepares for Gear Up student orientation

Gear Up isn’t just about college access. It’s about college success.

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Verde Valley school boards to take position on possible consolidation

Late Wednesday afternoon, Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter emailed a draft copy of a consolidation information pamphlet to the four school districts that would be affected by the consolidation of the Mingus Union and the Cottonwood-Oak Creek school districts.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Laurie Sudol

As principal at Cottonwood’s American Heritage Academy campus, Eric Evans says he could place Laurie Sudol “anywhere in K-6 and she would shine.”

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Judge rules lawmakers provided misleading information to voters

A judge on Monday ordered lawmakers to provide voters with a bit more information on the changes they want voters to make in the operation of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission.

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Manzanita Outreach to provide monthly food boxes to area seniors

Qualifying Verde Valley seniors (age 60 and over) can now receive supplemental food in the form of a monthly box.

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ARIZONA SCHOOL REPORT: New WalletHub study provides another low mark for state schools

Arizona schools are near the bottom of the barrel nationally when academics, class size and even student bullying are considered, at least according to a financial advice website.

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UPDATE: Coconino County deputies looking for missing man on Sedona trail

SEDONA – The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a 60-year-old man last seen hiking in Sedona at about 10 a.m. Wednesday.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Heather Priest

Kindergarten teacher American Heritage Academy Camp Verde

At Camp Verde’s American Heritage Academy, Heather Priest is the “light of love.”

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LD6 Arizona House of Representatives Q&A: Bob Thorpe 

I am very concerned with available water and management in the Verde Valley, tourism, business development and job creation.

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LD6 Arizona House of Representatives Q&A: Stuart McDaniel

A lack of affordable housing particularly in the Camp Verde area is of concern but I believe that the private market will step in to correct that issue as the lack of supply is the main reason for that.

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LD6 Arizona House of Representatives Q&A: Felicia French

I was driven to run for office after seeing and experiencing the profound divisiveness leading up to and after the 2016 election.

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LD6 Arizona House of Representatives Q&A: Walt Blackman

I am an outspoken advocate of the 2nd Amendment, health care issues, and common-sense approach to education funding.