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Photo Gallery Special Olympics 2018

The Verde Valley swim team poses for a photo during a break in the action during the Special Olympics competition at the Cottonwood outdoor pool on Saturday. Special Olympic athletes from all over Northern Arizona participated in the event. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

Gallery: Thunder Valley Rally closes Cottonwood with a bang Saturday

The festival hosted a myriad of entertainment, vendors, food and drink for motorcycle enthusiasts from all walks of life. Big names like names like Rickey Medlocke and Jonny Lang provided weekend entertainment.

Thunder Valley Rally 2018

Thunder Valley Rally came roaring into Cottonwood on Friday as Jonny Lang filled the warm air of Riverfront Park with his blues guitar. The music continued all day Saturday with food vendors, tent and RV camping and motorcycle rides around the Verde Valley. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

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Mingus Union lost to Coconino 42-40 on the road on Sept. 14. VVN/James Kelley

2018 Camp Verde Patriot Day remembrance

Tuesday, American Legion Post 93 Camp Verde the 17th annual Patriot Day ceremony to remember the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The remembrance, held at the Camp Verde Ramada on Hollamon Street, included various presentations by the Legion, including the Striking of the Four Fives by the Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority, Posting and Retrieval of the Colors - and the rifle salute - by the American Legion Post 93 Color Guards, Rifle Salute, as well as remarks by Legion Commander Kenneth McPherson, as well as Camp Verde Mayor Charlie German, Deputy Mike Jardine of the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office, Copper Canyon Fire Chief Terry Keller, Legion Auxiliary Unit President Suzan Bruce, Sons of the Legion Squadron 93 2nd Vice Henry Ellison, American Legion Riders Director Bill Gay, Legion Auxiliary Chaplain Karen Mealey. Mealey also sang the National Anthem. Copper Canyon Fire also conducted the Bell Toll 11 times. Dr. Ronald Wright played Taps, and the benediction was performed by Gordon Kelsey. Following the hour-long remembrance, Legion Post 93 held a pot luck luncheon at the Legion, located at 276 S. 3rd St. VVN/Bill Helm

Photo Gallery Sedona Balloon Ride

Good morning Sedona. This is what it's like to be on a Northern Light Balloon Expeditions hot air balloon flying over Sedona Wednesday morning during an amazing sunrise. Vvn/Vyto Starinskas

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Mingus Union football traveled to Chandler Seton Catholic Prep on Sept. 7, losing 36-26. VVN/James Kelley

Jerome Hill Climb 2018

Runners reach the Gold King Mine, but it's still a long way to the finish line in the grueling 48th annual Jerome Hill Climb Sunday morning. These runners smile for a photo as temperatures hovered at about 70 degrees for the start. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

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On Aug. 30, Mingus Union swimming and diving hosted Northland Prep and Winslow, defeating both. VVN/James Kelley

Photo Gallery Mingus Mesquite Football

Mingus Union High School Marauders win a close one at home last night 24-21. The win bumped Mingus's record up to 3-0. Mesquite is still searching for that first win as they fell to 0-3. This action is Mingus' first touchdown in the first quarter. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

Photo Gallery Hang Gliders Mingus Mountain

Hang glider Randy Skywalker sails over Cottonwood in a hang glider last Saturday after launching from the USHGA Mingus Launch site at the top of Mingus Mountain. The Arizona Hang Gliding & Paragliding group is planning their annual Mingus Mountain fly-in this Labor Day weekend so watch for pilots flying over Cottonwood Airport. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

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Camp Verde High boys and girls soccer opened the season on Aug. 28 and both won their debut. VVN/James Kelley

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On Aug. 24 Mingus Union football hosted Show Low and won 55-32. VVN/James Kelley

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Camp Verde football hosted Sanders Valley for a scrimmage on Thursday night. VVN/James Kelley

Photo Gallery Trains Come Alive In Cornville

Union Pacific Railroad Line that ran from Cheyenne, Wyo., to Ogden., Utah., and is being recreated at the Wyoming Division Historical Societies building in Cornville. Designer and builder Allen Montgomery is working for owner Verryl Fosnight who is creating the amazing train museum featuring 7,000 feet of track, 125 locomotives, 2,000 rolling cars all set in the mid-1950s. Electrician Lenny Wyatt also built a Cheyenne roundhouse. The landscaping is as close as real as possible, as Montgomery has even brought 1,400 pounds of from sites in Utah and Wyoming. People can visit Tuesday through Thursday, 10 am to 3 pm, they said. 1249 S. Eastern Drive, Cornville. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

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On Aug. 8, Mingus Union football hosted a 4-way scrimmage, playing against Phoenix Central and Phoenix Trevor G. Browne. VVN/James Kelley

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On Aug. 3 Mingus Union football hosted its annual Red and Gray Scrimmage. VVN/James Kelley

Cottonwood-Oak Creek's annual Meet The Teachers event

Though classes start on Wednesday, Aug. 8, Cottonwood-Oak Creek School kicked off its new school year on Friday, Aug. 3 with a special teacher meet-and-greet. Called “Made in the Shade,” the event began with a 7 a.m. breakfast on the district’s grounds, then was followed by district-wide staff introductions beginning shortly at 8 a.m. The district also gave out various prizes to staff. This event is held each year and is a “fun event, driven toward celebrating the special people who call Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District their home,” said Tricia Winters, executive assistant to District Superintendent Steve King and secretary for the district’s governing board. VVN/Bill Helm

2018 Camp Verde Unified School District's annual Meet The Teachers

Camp Verde Unified School kicked off its new school year on Wednesday with a special teacher meet-and-greet. The event began with breakfast in the district’s cafeteria at 7 am, then was followed by new staff introductions beginning at 8 a.m. VVN/Bill Helm

2018 Clarkdale-Jerome School's Meet the Teachers

Though classes at Clarkdale-Jerome School started on Thursday, children, their parents and interested community members visited the school Wednesday afternoon to meet their teachers, find out which classroom is theirs, and meet other community groups. The Clarkdale-Jerome community donated more than $30,000 in parts and labor this summer for the purchase and installation of new bleachers at the soccer field at Clarkdale-Jerome School, according to District Superintendent Danny Brown. Mark Tufte, vice president and manager of Country Bank in Cottonwood, was one of the community’s donators for the project. Tufte, also an AYSO soccer coach, said Wednesday that each of the 32 new metal benches should seat approximately 14 people, which means there are about 450 seats available for the community to watch events at the field. Besides Country Bank of Cottonwood, the following community businesses and organizations also contributed to the project: Sherwin Williams, Pro Build, Benchmark Builders, Cactus Flooring, Clarkdale Police Department, Barnworks Fabrication, Backus Building Companies, Town of Clarkdale, Verde Valley Rotary Club, AYSO Soccer 232, Hale’s Roofing. VVN/Bill Helm