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Bill Helm

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Verde Christian students help two brothers fight leukemia

COTTONWOOD – More often than not, folks know Adopt-a-Family as the program that helps families with money for food and presents each year at Christmas.

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‘Clarifying expectations’ a component of trust

CAMP VERDE – One of the qualities of a leader is “the abundance of humility,” said Danny Howe, administrator-in-charge of the Camp Verde School District.

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Town to discuss Camp Verde Water System

In its final meeting of the year, the Camp Verde Town Council could go into executive session Wednesday to discuss a possible purchase of the Camp Verde Water ComSystem, what Town Manager Russ Martin said Monday is a plan to “rehash, to effectively bring council up to speed.”

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Camp Verde resident pitches perfecto on PSAT

Violet King at top 1 percent of test-takers

The school’s director of Student Support Services said that she cannot recall a time when a Mingus student finished the test with a perfect score.

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Camp Verde Board votes against search for new superintendent for now

Danny Howe ‘proud’ to lead Camp Verde Unified School District

On Dec. 11, the board decided that with Howe under contract to lead Camp Verde’s school district through the end of the 2018-2019 year, that there is no reason to revisit a superintendent search at this time.

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Q&A: Dave Chapman to retire as transportation, maintenance director for Clarkdale-Jerome School District

CLARKDALE – Come Dec. 21, Dave Chapman will no longer be part of the working class.

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Another bright star in the sky: Camp Verde civic leader John McReynolds dies at age 62

Though family has not been available to comment on the passing of the family patriarch, Camp Verdeans have reached out to say how much McReynolds has meant to them.

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Let there be rock: Mingus rock band gives students ‘chance to really build something’ (with video)

Not only are the young musicians learning their chops, but they also learn to work within the scope of a band. According to Logan Trujillo, a band’s relationships “are crucial.”

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Camp Verde to hold sign code forum

At 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9 at the Camp Verde Community Library, the Town’s Community Development Department will solicit public feedback in a public meeting on upcoming changes to sign codes.

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Copper Canyon Fire receives $6,770 highway safety grant

The Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority has received a $6,770 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety that will be used to purchase a vehicle stabilization kit to support first responder and victim safety at the scene on vehicle accidents.

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VACTE fire science students prepare for state certification

The Firefighter Academy at Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education “has been busy training and preparing students” to become qualified as firefighters, said Steve Darby, the program’s fire science instructor.

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Teague, Currie, McTurk sworn in to Mingus Union School Board

Incoming Mingus Union School Board members Stephen ‘Chip’ Currie, Carol Anne Teague and John McTurk, from left, take the oath of office from Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter during the board’s Wednesday afternoon meeting.

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Phil Tanner reinstated as Mingus special education director

COTTONWOOD – In July, the Mingus Union School Board relieved School Psychologist Phil Tanner of his dual duties as director of the school’s Special Education department.

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Mingus board OKs winter Prop. 301 incentive pay

COTTONWOOD – At Mingus Union High School, teachers receive their Prop. 301 incentive funds twice each school year, once in December and once in May.

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Mingus OKs supplemental contracts for Gee, Leonard

With the Mingus Union School Board voted to accept Penny Hargrove’s resignation as district superintendent, Principal Genie Gee was asked to also serve as acting superintendent.

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Camp Verde School Board still looks to replace Kitty McDowell

Tim Carter’s original plan was to swear in Kitty McDowell’s replacement on the Camp Verde School Board by Dec. 11.

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Q&A with Verde Valley Teacher of the Week: Matt Bazzill

sixth-grade teacher, American Heritage Academy

Before Matt Bazzill became a teacher, he studied Chinese medicine, martial arts, and acupuncture. Though he still love these things, Bazzill does not practice them in the classroom.

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Changing the face of development in Camp Verde

Town hopes ‘Opportunity Zone’ the path to long-term community investment

CAMP VERDE – Camp Verde is the only community in the Verde Valley to have received Opportunity Zone designation.

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Camp Verde council chooses Champions Way as road to new municipal sports complex

On Dec. 5, Camp Verde Town Council agreed that Champions Way should be the name of the entrance road to both the town’s wastewater treatment plant and the new Camp Verde Sports Complex.

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Winter Break for Verde Valley schools

Three Verde Valley schools start their two-week winter breaks following Thursday, Dec. 20 classes, the other three schools take off following the next day’s classes.

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Camp Verde council OKs $80K predevelopment of community rodeo arena

On Dec. 5, the Camp Verde Town Council approved a Memorandum of Understanding with the Camp Verde Arena Association that would provide $80,000 for predevelopment activities of an arena that would be constructed northeast of the Camp Verde Sports Complex.

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Sebra Choe named economic development projects manager for Camp Verde

On Dec. 5, the Camp Verde Town Council approved an updated job description for Economic Development Director Steve Ayers, and the creation of a new position: economic development projects manager.

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Joel England named CEO of State Bar of Arizona

He’s been an intelligence officer, a Judge Advocate General, and most recently, chief judge of the Yavapai-Apache Nation’s Tribal Court.

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Beaver Creek to swear in new, returning school board members

RIMROCK – Both residents of the Beaver Creek community, Brandi Bateman and Daniel Dubien have professional experience as executive assistant to a school district’s superintendent.

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100 bicycles for children in need

Donate new or like-new bicycles to inaugural Christmas Cheer event

COTTONWOOD – Christmas is a time for giving and receiving.

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Chandler Plante wins Community Spark award

In 2012, a six-year-old Chandler Plante assembled a group of community-minded individuals for Camp Verde’s first Martin Luther King Jr. Day march.

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Bridging higher education to students of all ages

Foundation holds Cash for College event

Tuesday at Yavapai College’s Clarkdale campus, Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona held one of its annual Cash for College scholarship awareness nights, a “job fair for scholarships,” said Lisa Sahady, also a regional philanthropic advisor for Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona.

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Camp Verde Marshal's Office receives DUI, speed enforcement grants

The Camp Verde Marshal’s Office was recently awarded $14,000 in grants from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. The Marshal’s Office received a $10,000 Speed Enforcement grant and a $4,000 DUI Enforcement grant.

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Yavapai College presidential candidates outline their vision

Yavapai College’s District Governing Board will select Penny Wills’ replacement as college president soon as early as Thursday afternoon.

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Q&A with Valley Academy of Career and Technology Education Business Manager Shawnna Patton

It’s been more than 20 years since Shawnna Patton’s mother started working in education. It’s why she works in education, “seeing the benefits of working for a school.”

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Mingus OKs contract with superintendent coach

Last Thursday, the Mingus Union School Board approved a $10,000 contract for Malay to provide consulting and coaching services to support Principal Genie Gee, who was named the district’s acting superintendent on Nov. 8.

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Camp Verde looks to fill openings on Planning and Zoning, Adjustments and Appeals boards

The Town of Camp Verde is looking to fill three positions on its Planning and Zoning Commission, and also to fill three positions on its Board of Adjustments and Appeals.

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Camp Verde, Montezuma-Rimrock select fire board

New name: Copper Canyon Fire and Medical District

The Camp Verde and Montezuma-Rimrock fire boards have unanimously selected Brandi Bateman, Steve Darby, Carol Keeton, Justin Largent and Linda Welsch to be the first governing board of the Copper Canyon Fire and Medical District.

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Mingus thespians present: A Christmas Carol

Over the next two weekends, Mingus Union High School’s theater troupe will present A Christmas Carol at the school’s auditorium.

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Camp Verde council could name sports complex road

The entrance road to the Town of Camp Verde’s wastewater treatment plant will also be the entrance to the new Camp Verde Sports Complex.

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The cost to protect and serve: What it takes to properly outfit a law enforcement officer

How much does it cost for you to get dressed in the morning? $50? $100? For a law enforcement officer, it may cost between $4,000 and $5,000.

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Santa Claus is coming back to McGuireville

Shoot photos with St. Nick at Candy’s Creekside Cottage

It’s been a few years since Candy Hammond took over Pistols and Petticoats Old Time Photos from John and Laurie Maeder.

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Beaver Creek Kiwanis to open adopt-a-family Christmas house

Each year, Beaver Creek Kiwanis feeds about 30 families for Christmas through its Adopt-a-Family program.

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Mysteries of the Deep: Montezuma Well, ‘There is nothing like it in the world’

Charles Fletcher Lummis once said that Montezuma Well was a “wonder which is not the greatest of its kind, but the only.”

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Camp Verde swears in mayor, councilors

Camp Verde Magistrate Paul Schlegel administers the oath of office to Robin Whatley, Charlie German, Bill LeBeau and Joe Butner, from left, during council’s Nov. 26 special session.

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Bed and Breakfast ordinance on Camp Verde agenda

Wednesday, the Camp Verde Town Council could amend the community’s definition of “Bed and Breakfast.”

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Camp Verde may approve rezoning for small home community

Wednesday, the Camp Verde Town Council could approve the rezoning of two parcels totaling 2.46 acres at Nichols and Fain streets that would be developed as a pedestrian-oriented small home community.

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Mingus board could waive attorney-client privilege over Hargrove report

COTTONWOOD – It’s possible the Mingus Union School Board could waive attorney-client privilege concerning the Gust Rosenfeld PLC report that led to Penny Hargrove’s Nov. 10 resignation as the district’s superintendent.

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Q&A with VERDE VALLEY’S EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK Felisa McGavock

Montessori educator a ‘role model to her fellow co-workers’

CAMP VERDE – Felisa McGavock was 7 years old when she decided she would become a teacher. McGavock, now lead teacher at the Yavapai-Apache Nation’s Montessori Children’s House in Camp Verde, would gather her cousins at her home and they would play school.

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BeneVet promotes well-being of veterans

Annual bowling fundraiser Jan. 26-27 at Shake, Rattle and Bowl

CAMP VERDE – It’s been 10 years now since Nikki Miller and Mike Jacobson orchestrated the first BeneVet Bowling Tournament.

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Professionalism Accountability Community Excellence: New Camp Verde marshal maps out expectations of PACE

CAMP VERDE – A week ago, now Camp Verde Marshal Corey Rowley introduced the department’s new PACE program with a survey that solicits public input to “strengthen community partnerships.”

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Camp Verde, Montezuma-Rimrock to select new Copper Canyon Fire Board

The fire boards of the Camp Verde and Montezuma-Rimrock fire districts will meet at 9 a.m. on Dec. 3 at the Montezuma-Rimrock Fire Station to select the five members who will represent the new district’s first fire board.

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Camp Verde, Montezuma-Rimrock fire districts consolidate

New agency named Copper Canyon Fire and Medical District

Tuesday, the governing boards of the two fire districts each voted unanimously to consolidate the two districts into one district, a marriage with no possibility of divorce.

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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.