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Mingus Union At Camp Verde Boys Basketball

On Friday June 16, Camp Verde boys basketball hosted Mingus Union in the Cowboy Summer Shootout. The Marauders won (photos by James Kelley)

Mingus Union Football 7 On 7 June 14

On June 14, Mingus Union football hosted Sedona Red Rock, Chino Valley, Flagstaff and Coconino for 7-on-7 games and Big Man competitions. (Photos by James Kelley)

Mingus Football 7 On 7 June 7

On June 7, Mingus Union football hosted Sedona Red Rock, Monument Valley, Prescott and Coconino for 7-on-7 games and Big Man competitions. (Photos by James Kelley)

Camp Verde Heritage Pool

Since noon on Saturday, May 27, the Camp Verde Heritage Pool has been open for the summer season. Pictured, swimmers enjoy a morning dip in the pool Tuesday. Various swim activities, including swim lessons, are available each day until September. Camp Verde resident Candice Ganis teaches her 7-month-old son Jacob how to swim during Mommy and Me class. Call 928-567-0288 or visit for more information about the Camp Verde Parks and Recreation’s summer pool season. The Camp Verde Heritage Pool is located behind Camp Verde High School, at 290 Apache Trail. Pool admission for children will again be $1.50 per visit, with 10-visit and season passes also available. Adult admission is $2.50 per visit also with discounted 10-visit and season passes also available. (Photos by Bill Helm)

2017 Camp Verde Library's Summer Reading Program Kickoff

From Our Town to Outer Space, the Camp Verde Community Library kicked off its annual Summer Reading Program on Thursday, June 1 with activities throughout the library to help children register. This year, the Camp Verde library will offer special summer reading activities, as well as special incentives for readers of all ages. Library programs are designed to inspire reluctant readers to participate and improve reading skills while having fun and enjoying the summer break. This year, the library kicks off the program both June 1 and June 2. (Photos by Bill Helm)

2017 American Legion Post 93 Memorial Day at Clear Creek Cemetery

Monday, nearly 100 people attended the annual Memorial Day service at Clear Creek Cemetery. Presented each year by American Legion Post 93, the remembrance included various speakers, prayers, posting and retrieval of the colors, placing of the wreath, a rifle salute and taps. Following the service, Post 93 hosted a free luncheon. “Never forget, ever honor” was the theme of the event. (Photos by Bill Helm)

2017 McGuireville Memorial Day Weekend Tractor and Engine Show

The fourth annual Memorial Day Tractor and Engine Show in Historic Downtown McGuireville, held on May 27, was an opportunity for folks to remember history through tractor rides and decades-old engines running on all cylinders, as well as to remember fallen soldiers. (Photos by Bill Helm)

2017 Camp Verde High School Graduation

Thursday, Camp Verde High School’s Class of 2017 graduated on the Sam Hammerstrom football field, as the ceremony included various introductions, awards recognitions, student speakers, the Camp Verde High School choir, an introduction of the 21 12-year seniors who attended Beaver Creek and/or Camp Verde schools since first grade – as well as the presentation of the graduation class as 93 seniors received their diplomas. (Photos by Bill Helm)

2017 Beaver Creek School Promotion Ceremony

Including accommodation students, Beaver Creek School officially promoted 32 students Wednesday in school's multi-purpose building. Following awards presentations, speeches, and the song and rose ceremony, Beaver Creek School District Superintendent Karin Ward and Principal Katrina Sacco presented the diplomas, along with BCSD Governing Board members Jo Burke, Betty Hart, Jacqueline Harshman, Karen DuFresne and Perry Krowne. Valedictorian Mia Charley spoke, as well as co-salutatorians Quinn Franklin and Nicholas Lysons. Mia will attend Camp Verde High School in 2017-2018, while both Quinn and Nicholas will attend Mingus Union High School. The promotion ceremony ended with the school’s traditional dance back down the aisle. Attendees then attended a reception in the cafeteria before graduates then danced in the gym until 10 p.m. (Photos by Bill Helm)

2017 South Verde High School Graduation

South Verde High School held its annual commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 23 at the Philip England Center for the Performing Arts as friends and family celebrated the graduation of its senior class. (Photos by Bill Helm)

Darius Rucker plays Stargazer Pavilion 2017

Darius Rucker, country music star and singer of Hootie and the Blowfish, performs Friday, May 12 at Cliff Castle Casino Hotel Stargazer Pavilion in Camp Verde. (Photos by Bill Helm)

Battle Of The Bots

These are photographs shot by parents and other attendees of the May 12 Battle of the Bots at Camp Verde Elementary School.

Mingus Union students Strive For 5 in 2017

Mingus Union High School's annual Strive for .5 program recognizes academic improvement. Tuesday, nearly 300 students gathered in the school’s auditorium to be recognized for their success with a t-shirt, as well as an opportunity to win one of many prizes. Students are recognized by the school either by improving their grade point average at least .5 from the previous semester or by maintaining a cumulative 3.5 or better GPA for any two consecutive semesters. Strive for .5 is now in its 29th year of recognizing student academic achievement. (Photos by Bill Helm)

Bea Richmond Run 2017

Saturday, 22 runners and walkers participated in the fifth annual Bea Richmond Kiwanis Kids’ Music 5K Walk/Run in Camp Verde. The run, now in its fifth year, began at the Copper Canyon Trailhead and led runners and walkers back to the Ramada on Hollamon Street. Money raised from the run will go to special school program music requests at Camp Verde Elementary School, Camp Verde Middle School, American Heritage Academy and United Christian School. (Photos by Bill Helm)

Bread Of Life Hunger No More Fundraiser 2017

Friday, April 28, Bread of Life Missions held its first Hunger No More fundraiser to raise money to build its own facility to feed the hungry each day. Dinner, raffle and door prizes were on the menu for the mission's first event. But it's not too late to contribute to the cause. Donations can also be accepted at the Bread of Life website: (Photos by Bill Helm)

2017 Verde Valley Joint Governing Board Meeting

Thursday at Beaver Creek School, Arizona State Senator Sylvia Allen told a room full of educators that her “focus is children,” during the annual Verde Valley Joint Governing Board Meeting. “You put me in a room with 2- and 3-year-olds and I’m happy,” she said. Allen, District 6 Representative, provided a legislative update and answered questions presented by the seven governing boards represented at Thursday’s meeting: Camp Verde, Clarkdale-Jerome, Cottonwood-Oak Creek, Mingus Union, Sedona and Valley Academy Career and Technical Education districts. Before Sen. Allen’s presentation, fifth graders at Beaver Creek School led the Pledge of Allegiance, then led the National Anthem in sign language. Also Thursday, Clarkdale-Jerome Interim Superintendent Kathleen Fleenor talked about the February Professional Development Afternoon, then Sedona-Oak Creek Superintendent David Lykins discussed the Fiscal Year 2018 shared calendar agreement for winter and spring breaks. Before the meeting closed, representatives from each of the districts presented outgoing Cottonwood-Oak Creek Superintendent Barb U'Ren with a plant as a way of saying thank you for her years of service. (Photos by Bill Helm)

2017 Earth Day Camp Verde

Reduce, reuse, recycle at Earth Day Arts Fest Saturday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Rezzonico Park, folks learned about reducing, reusing and recycling at the Town of Camp Verde’s first Earth Day Arts Fest. Events included a tree planting ceremony, live music, poetry and other spoken word performances, a kayak clinic, magic, cartooning demonstrations and a recycled materials fashion show. Also, Smokey Bear introduced himself to recyclers of all ages. (Photos by Bill Helm)

Culpepper & Meriweather Circus in Rimrock 2017

The Thursday, April 20 Culpepper & Merriweather Circus performed two shows at Rimrock's Beaver Creek School. The visit was indeed a special occasion. Thanks to the generosity of the circus, through its partnership with the Beaver Creek Kiwanis, a portion of the proceeds from Thursday’s event will go toward afterschool activities at Beaver Creek School. With lions and tigers, clowns, unicycles and tight ropes, as well as participation from the audience, the circus presented two 90-minute performances, one at 5 p.m. and the other at 7:30 p.m. (Photos by Bill Helm)

2017 Roadwork On SR 260

Though road improvements on SR 260 from I-17 to Thousand Trails Road are expected to take about 18 months to complete, roundabout and sidewalk work at Industrial Drive, just east of I-17 on SR 260 should be completed by July. (Photos by Bill Helm)

2017 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 18-19. 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 Craft Show, live music, vintage baseball, and a wide variety of vendors with their arts and crafts – and their foods. (Photos by Bill Helm)