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Mingus Union's Gretchen Wesbrock: ‘I’m doing exactly what I should be doing’
Critical thinking focused on positive outcome all part of leadership skillset Gretchen Wesbrock brings to Mingus Union High School

In her second year as the school’s director of student support services, Wesbrock works to provide opportunities for students in a variety of ways.

By Bill Helm October 18, 2019
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More than 2,300 spectators – and more than $3,500 in added money – played a role at this year’s Bull Bash, held Oct. 11-12 at Cliff Castle Casino Hotel’s Stargazer Pavilion.

By Bill Helm October 17, 2019
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Random drug testing at Mingus Union?
Athletic director discusses three-point plan with school board

Yancey Devore would like to see Mingus Union implement randomized student drug testing by January.

By Bill Helm October 15, 2019
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Wednesday, Camp Verde Finance Director Mike Showers will tell council why it should approve adjustments to the town’s fiscal year 2018-19 budget.

By Bill Helm October 15, 2019
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Oak Creek School recently received a $93,600 grant that will help provide high-quality academic enrichment opportunities for students.

By Bill Helm October 15, 2019
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CAMP VERDE – A December 2018 Memorandum of Understanding and a March 2019 lease agreement, both with the Town of Camp Verde, have provided the Camp Verde Arena Association with the grounds to build an equestrian center across from the town’s sports complex on SR 260.

By Bill Helm October 12, 2019
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CLARKDALE – Monday, the Clarkdale-Jerome School Board could approve a Memorandum of Understanding with Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind.

By Bill Helm October 12, 2019
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The Camp Verde Business Alliance had no plans to rebrand itself as the Camp Verde Chamber of Commerce.

By Bill Helm October 10, 2019
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They call this project Feed Our Communities Kids. But Cottonwood-Oak Creek’s Barb Amato says it’s the answer to a six-year dream in the making.

By Bill Helm October 10, 2019
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When he and his buddies are building cars, it’s Ken Wood who rounds them all up for lunch.

By Bill Helm October 8, 2019
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CAMP VERDE – As with most volunteer organizations and groups, the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office’s Volunteers in Policing program is looking for people who are interested in serving their community.

By Bill Helm October 8, 2019
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Last week, council voted 7-to-0 to officially direct the money from the town’s Capital Improvements budget for fiscal year 2019-2020.

By Bill Helm October 8, 2019
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CAMP VERDE – Camp Verde Marshal’s Office will participate in the 2019 Pink Patch Project, with proceeds from the sales of the patches going to the Breast Care Center at Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott.

By Bill Helm October 8, 2019
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What started as a tree on fire became a residential structure fire Saturday in Oak Creek Valley.

By Bill Helm October 7, 2019
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Tuesday, the Camp Verde School Board could approve a five-year Intergovernmental Agreement with Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind.

By Bill Helm October 5, 2019
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Each year, Fort Verde Days is three days full of excitement. It’s also Camp Verde’s longest-running event.

By Bill Helm October 5, 2019
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No bull. Yes, bull.

By Bill Helm October 5, 2019
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In 2019, the Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona gave 47 of the area’s non-profit organizations a collective $160,000 in grants.

By Bill Helm October 5, 2019
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CAMP VERDE – Wednesday, the Camp Verde Town Council decided its hards are tied when it comes to Yavapai County’s Verde Connect project.

By Bill Helm October 3, 2019
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Former VACTE business manager indicted for alleged theft of school funds
Felony counts related to theft, misuse of public monies, fraudulent schemes, computer tampering and forgery

According to a report released Monday from Arizona Auditor General’s Office released to Gov. Doug Ducey, Celestia Ziemkowski “allegedly embezzled $30,597 and falsified information in Valley Academy’s records and accounting software.”

By Arizona Attorney General's Office October 2, 2019
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Yavapai County is still interested in Camp Verde’s formal input on a road that would connect Coury Drive to Middle Verde Road.

By Bill Helm October 1, 2019
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Abide Maternity Home has plans to provide four recreational vehicle spaces for transitional housing.

By Bill Helm October 1, 2019
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Cheri Wischmeyer will serve as coordinator of the Marshal's community committee.

By Bill Helm October 1, 2019
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Unsolved bank robberies of 1932
Clemenceau Heritage Museum offers $100 reward to anyone who can successfully open the safe’s inner apparatus

A light-colored sedan reportedly stolen in Flagstaff was found 28 miles northwest of the site of the second of two bank robberies — which happened only two months apart.

By Bill Helm October 1, 2019
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The Verde Independent received 16 Arizona Newspaper Association awards for individual excellence, newspaper excellence, and advertising excellence at the association’s Sept. 28 meeting and fall convention at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino in Chandler.

By Bill Helm September 30, 2019
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Tuesday is the annual occasion when the public is invited to meet members of the

By Bill Helm September 28, 2019
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At 6 p.m. Tuesday, the Marshal’s Community Committee will meet at the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office, located at 646 S. 1st St.

By Bill Helm September 28, 2019
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It’s not enough for Steve King to work hard as Cottonwood-Oak Creek’s district superintendent. He also wants to work smart.

By Bill Helm September 28, 2019
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Camp Verde Parks & Recreation has announced its inaugural trip to see the Phoenix Rising of the professional United Soccer League.

By Bill Helm September 26, 2019
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Sedona resident to grow hemp on Old Highway 279
Camp Verde council approves land rezone request that eliminates dual zoning on 11.18-acre parcel

The property, said Sedona resident John Bradshaw, chief operating officer of CCJB Holdings LLC, will be used primarily for growing hemp to make CBD oils.

By Bill Helm September 26, 2019
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CAMP VERDE – Wednesday, Camp Verde Town Council told its town staff to follow up on a request by CCJB Holdings, LLC to have Alcantara Vineyards and Winery – and its five parcels – annexed into the Town of Camp Verde.

By Bill Helm September 26, 2019
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The Colonel’s Daughter competition, scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29 at Fort Verde State Historic Park, is put on each year by the Camp Verde Cavalry.

By Bill Helm September 26, 2019
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Camp Verde residents to hold yard sale as benefit for vet clinic
Montezuma Veterinary Services facility destroyed by fire in July

Two Camp Verde residents are raising money for Montezuma Veterinary Services, which was destroyed by fire in late July.

By Bill Helm September 21, 2019
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The Camp Verde Business Alliance has no plans to rebrand itself as the Camp Verde Chamber of Commerce, but it will take on a new name that helps re-brand the organization.

By Bill Helm September 21, 2019
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Although Carter chose Fleenor over Janet Regner, the county school superintendent said that “in many ways, they were quite equal.”

By Bill Helm September 19, 2019
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The Verde Valley Archaeology Center has received a sizable donation, literally, which will go on display beginning Saturday, Sept. 21.

By Bill Helm September 17, 2019
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The Cottonwood Community Band, under the direction of Dr. Sy Brandon, and assistant conductor Neil Manzenberger, has four concerts planned through the end of 2019.

By Bill Helm September 17, 2019
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It’s not unusual for an automotive technician to be A.S.E. master certified.

By Bill Helm September 17, 2019
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Is there enough water to support growth in Rimrock?
Water for 300-home development expected to come from private on-site wells, booster pumps, water tank storage

With six wells that serve 1,291 connections, Arizona Water Company has plenty of water for its customers.

By Bill Helm September 14, 2019
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After 15 years at Bread of Life Missions, Duane Burris decided it was time to move on.

By Bill Helm September 14, 2019
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Monday, Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter will interview Kathleen Fleenor and Janet Regner for an opening on the Valley Academy district governing board.

By Bill Helm September 14, 2019
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From 8:45 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, Special Olympics athletes will compete in the 9th annual Arizona Special Olympics Mountain Area Bocce Tournament.

By Bill Helm September 14, 2019
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In 1974, Penny Spillman and her then-husband were one of five Verde Valley couples with special needs children.

By Bill Helm September 12, 2019
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It costs about $25 per year to purchase and mail a child books for the Verde Valley Imagination Library program. But participating families don’t pay a cent.

By Bill Helm September 12, 2019
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Mingus rock band adds local flavor to 2019 Thunder Valley Rally
Shows scheduled for 1 p.m. Sept. 20 and 12:30 p.m. Sept. 21

At 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 and 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, Mingus Union High School’s rock band will take the stage at Thunder Valley Rally.

By Bill Helm September 10, 2019
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Mingus Union High School dismissed its students at 9:30 a.m. due to a power outage less than a mile from the school.

By Bill Helm September 10, 2019
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With 12 years of experience as a mechanic and chassis tech, Alex Ferguson was ready to open his own business.

By Bill Helm September 10, 2019
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From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, Vince’s Auto Body and RV will hold its second car show, at 1900 N. Moonrise Drive in Camp Verde.

By Bill Helm September 10, 2019
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The Camp Verde Community Library invites juried artists from Yavapai College Clarkdale’s Visions of the Verde exhibit to participate in a special meet and greet at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.

By Bill Helm September 10, 2019
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A mobile home was at a total loss following a fire Saturday morning in Verde Lakes. But the occupant and her dog escaped without injury.

By Bill Helm September 9, 2019

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