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Funeral services for Verde Valley Firefighter Tyrone Bell set for Nov. 1

Firefighter Tyrone Bell, who died in the line of duty earlier this month due to complications from COVID-19, will be laid to rest Monday, Nov. 1, according to Verde Valley Fire District Chief Danny Johnson.

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Mingus theater group to put on ‘The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ musical Oct. 29-30, Nov. 5-7

A Troupe of Ridiculous Thespians (ATORT), made up of Mingus Union High School students, recently announced their newest musical performance, “The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” according to a news release.

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Verde Valley in Brief: Clarkdale museum to host virtual tour of Copper Art Museum

The Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum is slated to begin a “First Friday in Their Own Words” virtual series, with an episode featuring the Copper Art Museum, according to a news release.

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Grant Woods, dead at 67, leaves long legacy in Arizona politics

Former Republican Attorney General Grant Woods who left the party to become a Democrat died Saturday, Oct. 23.

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Arizona to spend another $30M on plan to leave more water in Lake Mead

Arizona is dropping another $30 million in to buy -- or, at least, rent -- some water rights to help stave off further drought-related cuts in what the state gets from the Colorado River.

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Arizona unemployment hits 5.7%, equaling pre-pandemic numbers

Arizona's jobless rate finally dropped last month to where it was when the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Reader Poll:

What are the family’s plans for “Trick-or-Treating” on Halloween this weekend?

  • Visit the “Halloween at Old Town Cottonwood” event 12%
  • Attend a local “Trunk or Treat” in the Verde Valley 12%
  • Have the kids walk the neighborhood 24%
  • Drive to Prescott for Mount Vernon Ave. fun 2%
  • COVID-19 is still an issue, keep kids home and buy them candy 15%
  • We don’t celebrate Halloween 34%

41 total votes

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Sports see more>

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From Hawaii to Bogota to FanDuel, former pro player on unique journey

From Hawaii to Bogota to Phoenix’s Footprint Center, Parker Farris has experienced sports from a variety of perspectives.

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Oothoudt scores 4 TDs, Cowboys rout Veritas Prep. 36-16

Quarterback Jacob Oothoudt ran 24 times for 135 yards and four touchdowns and the Camp Verde football team scored 24 points in the fourth quarter to beat Veritas Preparatory 36-16 on Friday night.

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Mingus hangs tough with No. 6 Panthers in 28-14 loss

Quarterback Zach Harrison completed 10 of 20 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown, but the Mingus football team surrendered 21 unanswered points to start the game in a 28-14 loss to region rival Coconino on Friday night.

Opinion see more>

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Column: My family’s bout with COVID-19

For more than a year and a half, the pandemic has caused stress in many households.

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Letter: I am voting ‘yes’

I have been retired in Cottonwood for nearly 20 years. During that time one or both of the local public school districts has asked me for additional financial support at the ballot box to support their educational programs.

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Letter: Digging deeper

You asked in your Oct. 24 editorial if Merck’s COVID pill is worth $1.2 billion to taxpayers.

Reader Poll:

What are the family’s plans for “Trick-or-Treating” on Halloween this weekend?

  • Visit the “Halloween at Old Town Cottonwood” event 12%
  • Attend a local “Trunk or Treat” in the Verde Valley 12%
  • Have the kids walk the neighborhood 24%
  • Drive to Prescott for Mount Vernon Ave. fun 2%
  • COVID-19 is still an issue, keep kids home and buy them candy 15%
  • We don’t celebrate Halloween 34%

41 total votes

See past polls

Obituaries see more>

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Obituary: Dorris Lee Davis

Dorris Lee Davis, 95, died on September 22nd, 2021 in Cottonwood Arizona.

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Obituary: Ernest W. Yeager

Ernie went home to be with his Lord on September 30, 2021. Ernie was born on Nov. 15, 1938 in Phoenix, AZ.

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Obituary: Miranda Jeannette (Chavez) Espinosa

Our world was better because YOU were in it! October 22, 1984 – October 11, 2021 Miranda Jeanette (Chavez) Espinosa of Norco, CA, a loving wife and mother, daughter, sister, friend, and mentor was kept safe by her Guardian Angels to discover a new home above.