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2016: The year that was in Clarkdale

Blossoming festival scene, environmental and historic preservation, uptick in housing and business brighten 2016

CLARKDALE – The Town of Clarkdale wraps-up 2016 with a blossoming festival scene, recognition for its environmental and historic preservation and an uptick in housing and business development.

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The year that was in Jerome

Leaning wall, tourism outreach resolved while impact of vacation rentals, water supply, new mayor unfold

JEROME – The Town of Jerome managed to not only survive, but thrive in 2016. Despite its infrastructure woes, it earned recognition by the Arizona Office of Tourism as the second most visited site in the Verde Valley (next to Sedona).

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New tourism website launched by Clarkdale Downtown Business Alliance

CLARKDALE – A new website entitled “Experienceclarkdale.com” has been launched by the Clarkdale Downtown Business Alliance in the hopes of promoting and facilitating local tourism.

Survey: Average teenager spends $100 on holiday gifts

TEMPE – A survey of 13 to 17-year-olds by Junior Achievement (JA) and Opinion Research Corporation revealed over half (51 percent) expect to pay more than $100 on gifts, with one in seven (15 percent) saying they plan to spend $250 or more.

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75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor leaves only five survivors

Japanese bombing of U.S. Fleet took 2,403 lives, injured 1,178

At 7:48 a.m. Dec. 7, 1941, over 350 Japanese fighter planes, bombers and torpedo planes descended on the U.S. Pacific Fleet docked in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. By the end of the two hour sneak attack, 2,403 Americans lay dead and 1,178 had suffered wounds. Nearly half the casualties occurred aboard the ship USS Arizona.

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Clarkdale has holiday events covered

Town of 4,000 offers flurry of festive fun

CLARKDALE – Never let it be said that there is nothing to do in Clarkdale this December. The town of about 4,000 residents is serving-up a platter of holiday events for 2016.

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New Zoning Administrator selected in Jerome

After nearly six months of searching, the Town of Jerome selected Kyle Dabney as its new Zoning Administrator during an Executive Session at its Nov. 22 council meeting.

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Holiday spending expected to rise $25 billion this year

Black Friday discounts on average of 39 percent expected

Retailers are anticipating a $25 billion hike in holiday sales this year compared to last, with sales expected to rise from $631 billion to $656 billion, according to The National Retail Federation (NRF).

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Black Friday: Getting the most for your money

Tips for maximizing bargains

The analysts at WalletHub.com asked eight business school professors to share their best Black Friday shopping tips. Here’s a summary of their top ten tips for maximizing bargains:

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Legendary Quintus owner Dick Cook passes away

Newly-elected Council member Dee Jenkins, general manager/financial analyst at Quintus Inc. in Camp Verde, announced the Nov. 3 passing of Quintus Founder and Chairman of the Board Dick Cook, 87 during her first meeting Nov. 16.

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