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2018 Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival

The Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival is one of the town of Camp Verde’s signature celebratory events. This year, the festival was held March 17-18. Each year, Camp Verde Promotions organizes the festival, which is a combination of several community events, such as the Pecan and Wine Festival, Verde River Runoff, Native America Arts and Crafts Show, live music, vintage baseball, and a wide variety of vendors with their wares – and their foods. (Photos by Bill Helm)

Photo Gallery Sedona St Patricks Day Parade 2018

The Sedona St. Patrick's Day Parade lined the streets green on Saturday. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

Bob Simbric returns to Camp Verde School Board

At their Tuesday, March 13 regular meeting, Camp Verde Unified School District’s governing board members welcome Bob Simbric back to the board. Monday, Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter selected Simbric from a pool of four candidates to replace former governing board member Christine Schneider, who resigned on Feb. 14. Simbric, who began his fifth stint with the board on Tuesday, was first elected to the CVUSD governing board in 1980, and served from 1981-1988, then from 1996-2000, 2002-2008, then from 2012 until he retired in May 2016. Though Simbric was officially sworn in by Carter on Monday, the new board member took part in a ceremonial swearing-in with district governing board president Tim Roth. Simbric is also pictured walking into the meeting for the first time since 2016, leading the room in the Pledge of Allegiance, and talking with Mary Hudson, the district’s executive assistant to the superintendent. Simbric, whose appointment to the board expires on Dec. 31, is eligible to run for election in November to keep his seat on the board. (Photos by Bill Helm)

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Mingus Union softball beat Scottsdale Saguaro 9-1 on Monday at home. (VVN/James Kelley)

Photo Gallery Clarkdale Car Show

The 2018 Clarkdale Car Show lines up in downtown Clarkdale on Saturday with P.K. Gregory providing the music. There was food and beer at the free event. The Cycle Kart Club hosted the Clarkdale Grand Prix this year and was put on by The Clarkdale Downtown Business Alliance and the Clarkdale Foundation. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

Photo Gallery Jerome Wakes Up To Snow

The residents of Jerome woke up to about two to three inches of snow in Jerome, as the precipitation remained as rain in Cottonwood. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

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Competitors ride in the barrel competition during the Central Verde Gymkhana Association event on Saturday at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

2018 Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Verde State Park

To celebrate African American History Month, Fort Verde State Historic Park held its annual Buffalo Soldiers event on Saturday, Feb. 17. Historical presenters honored the legacy of the all-black regiments that once served at Fort Verde. The Buffalo Soldier Riders of America Motorcycle Club, among others, offered history presentations to the visitors at Fort Verde. On display were 1870s military equipment and uniforms, as well as period-appropriate military encampments. Dutch oven cooking demonstrations by company cooks Bill Stafford, Bob Tenner and various volunteers yielded a hearty lunch of barbecued ribs, Cajun-boiled veggies, corn bread and peach cobbler. Though the meal was primarily geared for the Buffalo Soldiers and the 1860s-era Base Ball players, the general public was able to make a donation for a plate of food. Vintage Baseball was once again on the agenda as the Prescott Champions hosted the Mesa Miners in an Arizona Territories Vintage Base Ball game. (Photos by Bill Helm)

State Wrestling Tournament Medal Rounds

Camp Verde finished third and Mingus Union 20th at the Division IV and Division III state wrestling tournaments respectively last week at the Prescott Valley Event Center (VVN/James Kelley)

Camp Verde At Sedona Red Rock Region Semifinals

Sedona Red Rock hosted Camp Verde boys basketball in the 2A Central Region tournament semifinals on Wednesday night. The Scorpions won 70-49 (VVN/James Kelley)

Mingus Union Basketball Host Lee Williams

On Friday Feb. 2, Mingus Union girls and boys basketball split with Lee Williams. The girls lost 36-32 in over time and the boys won 54-45. (VVN/James Kelley)

Sedona Marathon 2018

Runners start the Sedona Marathon's half-marathon Saturday morning in beautiful weather. More than 3,000 runners in several races. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

Mother-Daughter Look-alike photo contest 2018

The Verde Independent and Bugle 2018 Mother-Daughter Look-alike photo contest entries will appear on this gallery.

Photo Gallery! Progressive Barrel Racing Fairgrounds

The turnout was amazing for the 2018 Verde Valley Progressive Barrel Racing and Pole Bending Competition on Saturday at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds in Cottonwood. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

Cottonwood Recreation Center Basketball Kids At Mingus Union

Cottonwood Recreation Center teams the Jazz and Mavericks played during halftime of the Mingus Union girls varsity basketball game on Thursday night. The CRC sponsored the Marauders’ game and will also have teams playing on Tuesday night when the Marauders host Flagstaff. (VVN/James Kelley)

Mingus Union Basketball Sweeps Mohave

On Thursday night Mingus Union basketball hosted Mohave. The girls beat the Thunderbirds 51-41 and the boys won 56-47. (VVN/James Kelley)

Photo Gallery Grinders Yavapa College Fire Academy

The Yavapai College Fire Academy started its Spring Semester with its “Grinder” event on Saturday in Cottonwood. The “rigorous” physical agility course is run by cadets who are in pursuit of a firefighting career, VVN/Vyto Starinskas

Sedona Women's March

Over 500 people marched in the mile-long Sedona Women’s March Saturday morning despite rain showers. VVN / Halie Chavez