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Genie Gee assumes dual role as Mingus superintendent, principal

COTTONWOOD – There’s no telling how long Genie Gee will be in the front seat at Mingus Union High School District.

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Country Bank to become State Bank of Arizona

New marquee expected in next ‘couple of years,’ says Cottonwood branch manager

Immediately, however, the Cottonwood branch is known as Country Bank, a Division of State Bank of Arizona, Tufte said, though the branch won’t have new signage for another “couple of years.”

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Q&A with VERDE VALLEY’S EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK Debra Terrey, first grade teacher, Verde Christian Academy

COTTONWOOD – Ben Russel recently sat behind Verde Christian Academy first grade teacher Deb Terrey during the school’s chapel time.

Camp Verde Kiwanis won’t sell Christmas trees this year

CAMP VERDE – For the first time in 35 years, the Camp Verde Kiwanis will not sell Christmas trees.

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Speed of Trust on Camp Verde School Board agenda

Danny Howe: ‘As trust increases, the ability to get work done also increases’

CAMP VERDE – Earlier this year, Camp Verde Unified School District’s governing board and Administrator-in-Charge Danny Howe began reading the book The Speed of Trust by Stephen Covey.

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Valley Academy recognized for SkillsUSA Quality Chapter status

COTTONWOOD – Skills USA recently recognized Valley Academy of Career and Technology Education for excellence with Quality Chapter status.

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HONORING ALL WHO SERVED: Jerome man served country through music

If you can remember the 1960s, you probably weren’t there. That’s what Noel Fray wrote recently to his good friend Carl Roberts about the two years they spent together during the Vietnam War.

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HONORING ALL WHO SERVED: Operation Hat Trick generates awareness, support, funding

For 30 years, J.B. Smith served in the Army Air Corps and United States Air Force.

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Mingus superintendent on indefinite leave; school board to meet again Saturday

Mingus Union High School District’s governing board voted 4-to-0 to extend Superintendent Penny Hargrove’s administrative leave – indefinitely.

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Cottonwood-Oak Creek again seeks consolidation vote

COTTONWOOD – Eric Marcus was clear when he said neither he nor his fellow Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Board members were taking a position on consolidation with the Mingus Union High School District.

Valley Academy, Yavapai College offer construction training program

COTTONWOOD – From 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Nov. 13, Valley Academy of Career and Technology Education will hold a training program for anyone who is interested in a career in the construction industry.

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Mingus board may extend administrative leave for superintendent

The Mingus Union School Board will consider extending Superintendent Penny Hargrove’s time away from work – and appoint an acting superintendent -- “until all due process procedures have concluded,” according to the agenda for the board’s 3:30 p.m. Thursday meeting.

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Carol Anne Teague ahead of Jason Finger by 28 percent in Mingus Union school board race

COTTONWOOD – It looks like Carol Anne Teague will join Stephen Currie and John McTurk as the newest members of Mingus Union High School District’s governing board.

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Paul Chevalier ahead of Connie Harris by 10 percent in Yavapai College Governing Board race

With 10,554 votes counted as of 8 p.m. Tuesday, Chevalier received 5,787 votes, Harris 4,744.

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Charlie German ahead of Jackie Baker by almost 8 percent in Camp Verde mayoral race

Unofficial results show 268 more people voting in general election than in Aug. 28 primaries

Charlie German is on his way to his third term as Camp Verde’s mayor.

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New job title for Sebra Choe?

Camp Verde Town Council may update new job descriptions in Economic Development department

When the Town of Camp Verde created its Economic Development department in 2012, one person was charged with growing the community’s economy while preserving and enhancing the things that make Camp Verde unique.

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Q&A with Verde Valley's Educator of the week: Micca Martinez, physical education teacher at Beaver Creek School

As physical education teacher and program coordinator at Beaver Creek School, Martinez has been “from day one, a person who wants to support her school in any way possible,” says Karin Ward, the school district’s superintendent.

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Police Chief Steve Gesell to be honored by Cottonwood-Oak Creek School

Tuesday, Cottonwood-Oak Creek Superintendent Steve King will publicly thank Steve Gesell for “caring about his community.”

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Secondary tax rates for a consolidated school district can change, according to Tim Carter's office

When it comes to secondary tax rates for a consolidated school district, the keyword is estimate.

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Camp Verde Town Council approves tiny houses

On Oct. 24, the Camp Verde Town Council approved an agritourism use permit for a community of tiny houses on wheels, vintage recreational vehicles and agritourism events.

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Gourd dancing, blessings highlight Yavapai-Apache Veterans Day

The Yavapai-Apache Nation will hold a special Veterans Day pow-wow Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Veterans Memorial Park, below Cliff Castle Casino Hotel.

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Mingus Union athletic trainer pays it forward

MUHS 2010 graduate works as school’s athletic trainer

COTTONWOOD – Thanks to a partnership between the National Football League and Northern Arizona Healthcare, a Mingus Union graduate works as the school’s athletic trainer.

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Mingus mathematics teacher gains permanent residency in U.S.

‘Bright sunshine’ for Uma Mahendran

COTTONWOOD – Uma Mahendran said that no matter what happens in life, all it takes is one piece of good news to “change all those rainy days into bright sunshine.”

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With gratitude and pride: Yavapai-Apache’s Jane-Russell-Winiecki empowered to accomplish anything she puts her mind to

Jane Russell-Winiecki said her biggest challenge as Tribal Council Chairwoman – more specifically as a woman – is to maintain the Nation’s “beautiful culture.”

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5 things you should know about New Cornville business: ‘Living Spaces’

In 2014, Mary Steibli began to show signs of dementia. Eventually, her husband Manfred decided that she needed better care than he could provide. So they decided to offer assisted living for others – in their own home.

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Applications accepted for Camp Verde School Board

Tim Carter’s office soliciting interest through 5 p.m. Nov. 29

With the terms of three Camp Verde School Board members scheduled to end on Dec. 31, Carter, the Yavapai County School Superintendent finds himself in the position of soliciting interest in one of those positions.

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New Camp Verde marshal talks accountability

As he leads the town’s police department. Marshal Rowley said Monday that it’s “well-structured, well-planned, and they’re already doing the things I want to see in a police department.

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Q&A with VERDE VALLEY’S EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Lara Lawrence, senior English teacher, Camp Verde High School

High school educator ‘foundational instructor and mentor'

It was when she took poetry in college that Lara Lawrence decided she wanted to become an educator.

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5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT New Cornville business ‘Living Spaces’

On Oct. 1, Manfred and Mary Steibli’s home officially became Living Spaces Assisted Living. Though licensed for as many as eight clients, Manfred Steibli said he will “aim for six, seven at the most.”

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Yavapai-Apache officer ‘always wanted to be a K-9 handler’

3-year-old Belgian Malinois introduced Thursday to Nation’s Tribal Council

MIDDLE VERDE – At age 12, Joshua Collins decided that he would become a police officer.

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Mingus says secondary tax rates for consolidated district create $867,584 shortfall

COTTONWOOD – Estimated secondary tax rates for a new unified school district in Fiscal Year 2020 are “about informed decision making,” said Mingus Union School Board member Steve Gesell.

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UPDATE: Mingus board places Hargrove on 10-day paid administrative leave

Board member Jim Ledbetter said superintendent’s actions to resolve AzMERIT testing problems ‘not a focused approach’

What Mingus Union Principal Genie Gee called a “technology failure” in August is now being called an “internal fire, a leadership failure” by a member of the district’s governing board.

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Maury Wills to throw out first pitch at Camp Verde’s Vintage Base Ball opening day

CAMP VERDE – On Saturday, Nov. 3, come watch a free Vintage Base Ball Exhibition at Fort Verde State Historic Park on Hollamon Street.

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Project H.A.N.D.S. puts smiles on faces at The Haven

On Tuesday, more than a dozen of The Haven of Camp Verde’s residents received blessing bags from residents of the Verde View Senior Apartments.

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Cottonwood Oak Creek Board discusses open meeting law complaint

In a special meeting held Monday in executive session, the Cottonwood-Oak Creek school board sought legal advice over an Open Meeting Law complaint.

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6 things you should know about new cottonwood business: ‘Find It Here’

It’s all about consignment at Find It Here, Cottonwood’s newest place to buy and sell.

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Bye bye AzMERIT, hello ACT?

Mingus Union school board could agree to new standardized testing for 2019-2020

Mingus Union Superintendent Penny Hargrove said when the state’s A-to-F grades were recently released that the district was already considering ACT as the new assessment.

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Camp Verde council could approve tiny houses on wheels, vintage RV park

In Aug. 2017, Camp Verde Community Development Director Carmen Howard and her husband David purchased 15 acres of land, adjacent to the Yavapai Apache Agricultural Ranch, on Cloverleaf Ranch Road.

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Camp Verde Cornfest will be back in 2019

New agreement on table between town, Camp Verde Promotions

CAMP VERDE – Mike Marshall says that the Town of Camp Verde has “no plans to reinvent the wheel” when it comes to signature events such as Fort Verde Days, the Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival, and Cornfest.

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Camp Verde considers new list of preferred street, road names

CAMP VERDE – What’s in a name? To the Town of Camp Verde’s Community Development Department, the answer is ‘plenty.’

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Harris seek District 3 seat on Yavapai College Board: Q&A

Young people and their families are smart consumers. If they can save up to $34,000 by completing their first two years of college by staying in their hometown area, they will. Or if they can learn some skills in two years or less, which studies show will allow the average person increase their wages by $6,700 per year, they will because that is more than a $250,000 payback over a 40-year career.

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Q&A: Paul Chevalier seek District 3 seat on Yavapai College Board

I would create classes, in partnership with business, for needed professional middle class paying jobs - i.e. HAV, electricians, plumbers, various hospital technicians, nurses (in conjunction with hospitals) etc. I would train chefs, not just line cooks (which are minimum wage jobs), at the Culinary Institute.

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Q&A with Verde Valley's Educator of the Week Miranda Moore

Cottonwood home daycare provider to receive Amazing Educator award

At 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 at the Phoenix Zoo, Miranda Moore will be one of three Arizona educators to be recognized at the Alliance’s Discovery: Through the Eyes of a Child event.

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Nothing goes to waste and no one goes hungry thanks to Cornucopia Community Advocate

Registered as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, Cornucopia Community Advocates believes that food recovery means “eliminating food waste and feeding the people in our communities who are experiencing hunger or whose lives would be better today if they received free food,” Fox says.

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Full merger at Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority?

Camp Verde, Montezuma-Rimrock fire boards to vote on Nov. 20 whether to merge the two districts

Should the two boards decide to convert the courtship into a full marriage of the two fire districts, a “new Copper Canyon Fire and Medical District will be what is born by the merger of Montezuma-Rimrock and Camp Verde, and they will dissolve the authority at that time,” Keller said.

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Learn about recently-completed Wickiup Mesa Trails at Beaver Creek Trails Day

From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, this year’s Beaver Creek Trails Day will be held at Sycamore Park, located next to the pedestrian bridge in Lake Montezuma.

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UPDATE: 3-month-old Quarter Horse running to recovery following amputation

Katie Longfellow, who with her husband Greg has owned Miss Moon since late-August, said that it’s “getting harder” to contain the patient, who’s “trying to run” just about as soon as Longfellow gets home from her work at Central Arizona Equine in Camp Verde.

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Fort Verde Days carnival open until Sunday

For many people, this year’s Fort Verde Days was all washed up.

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McClure promoted to sergeant at Camp Verde Marshal’s Office

Corey Rowley’s first order of business as Camp Verde’s new marshal was a formality, both literally and figuratively.

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New marshal in town: Corey Rowley officially becomes new marshal in Monday ceremony

For Russ Martin, it feels “very good” to have Corey Rowley in place as the Town of Camp Verde’s new marshal.