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Kelcie Grega

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Old Town Assn. showing progress following Chamber partnership

Last summer, the Old Town Association was still in rehabilitation stages following an embezzlement scandal.

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Cottonwood council bumps magistrate position to part-time

Cottonwood City Council decided to bump Cottonwood Magistrate Douglas LaSota’s position down from full-time to part-time.

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City Council tables implementation of use tax

COTTONWOOD -- Implementation of a Cottonwood use tax has hit another delay.

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Anti-Trump protesters in Cottonwood join nationwide protests backing Mueller probe (with video)

Protesters gathered outside the Walgreens in Cottonwood Thursday condemning President Donald Trump's decision to force out former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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Man accused of ‘gutting’ dog, attempted arson, gets new trial date

CAMP VERDE -- A man charged with attempted arson of his own properties and animal cruelty is set for a new trial next May.

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Local agencies, PANT investigate fentanyl-laced pills in Yavapai County

YCSO spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn said even small doses of fentanyl can be deadly. He said there have been cases of over overdoses in Yavapai County in recent months.

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Changing of the guard: New faces sworn into Cottonwood City Council (with video)

Newly elected council members Kyla Allen, Michael Mathews and Doug Hulse were sworn in as outgoing members Linda Norman and Karen Pfeifer were honored for decades of service.

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Street repair bond fails in Clarkdale

Town manager says it’s ‘back to the drawing board’

Clarkdale voters shot down Proposition 445 Tuesday sending city staff and leaders back to the drawing board as far as finding funds for street repair improvements. The proposition was shot down by almost 70 percent, according to results provided online by the Yavapai County Recorder’s Office as of 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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New city council members to be sworn into office Wednesday

Newly elected Cottonwood City Council members Doug Hulse and Michael Mathews will be sworn in Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., at Cottonwood Council Chambers.

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City manager finalist ousted from job in Tempe

COTTONWOOD -- One of the candidates for Cottonwood city manager position is being driven out of his role as Tempe public works director following complaints of workplace behavior, according to reporting by The Arizona Republic and Phoenix New Times.

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Here are the locations of Verde Valley drop-boxes, voting centers for Tuesday’s General Election

All early ballots must be delivered to the Yavapai County Recorder’s Office, any Yavapai County vote center, or official ballot drop box listed below no later than 7 p.m. Tuesday. Do not mail in your ballot. Late ballots will not be tabulated. Be sure to sign your affidavit envelope in your original handwriting.

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Man arrested after Halloween shooting near Old Town

'Non-operational bomb also found in man's residence

A 35-year-old man was arrested on Nov. 1 after “pulling a gun” and shooting and missing a man several times on Halloween night near Old Town, according to Cottonwood Police.

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10 years later: Walkin’ on Main celebrates the renaissance of Old Town

Former Cottonwood city council member and Yavapai College professor Terence Pratt affectionately calls it the “renaissance of Old Town.” Walkin’ on Main, now in its 10th year, celebrates that renaissance.

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Cottonwood council briefs: Cottonwood may approve Notice of Intent of use tax

Cottonwood City Council may approve a Notice of Intent to implement a use tax Tuesday.

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Plea bargain for ex-city employee accused of forging water test results could be either felony or misdemeanor

A former Cottonwood employee accused of forging drinking water test results could face a maximum of two years in prison if he takes a plea.

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Mother arrested after 'passing out' from possible heroin overdose in front of daughter

A 30-year old Cornville woman was arrested on Oct. 25 after her 9-year-old daughter found her "passed out" from a possible heroin overdose a few days earlier, according to the Yavapai County Sherriff’s Office.

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Woman involved in Camp Verde murder pleads guilty

Jill Buckley faces at least six years in prison on false reporting, hindering prosecution charges

CAMP VERDE – A 30-year-old Camp Verde woman pleaded guilty Monday on felony charges relating to her involvement in a 2016 Camp Verde homicide.

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Mingus student arrested following threats to shoot another student

Increased police presence at Mingus Union High School today

A 14-year-old female Mingus student was arrested Tuesday after Cottonwood Police School Safety Officer Corbin Rice heard about alleged threats being made by the student, according to Cottonwood Police.

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Jerome Town Council accepts Hunter Bachrach’s resignation

Jerome Town Council officially accepted former council member Hunter Bachrach’s resignation Monday during a special meeting.

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Wicked stories from a wicked town: Three tales from Jerome’s past

It was dubbed “the wickedest town the West” for a reason. Girls, gunfights, gambling and billions of dollars of metals colored the setting of the classic Old West town. Any quasi-historian or anyone who just enjoys a good ghost story would have no problem yielding riches in Jerome’s historical mine. From angry mobs to lovers’ quarrels, here are three stories from Jerome’s past.

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Cottonwood announces finalists for city manager

Deputy City Manager Rudy Rodriguez listed as one of the candidates

The City of Cottonwood has narrowed down its list of candidates for a new city manager to five.

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Plea agreement for Cottonwood employee involved in water forgery case remains sealed

Those who want closure on the Cottonwood water-testing forgery case won’t get much clarity from court documents.

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2 teens in custody following arson, vandalism at Big Park School

Officials estimate at least $1500 in damages

Two teens were arrested after an estimated $1500 worth of criminal damage and arson was discovered at Big Park School in Village of Oak Creek last Wednesday, according to the Yavapai County Sherriff’s Office.

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Family of freaks: The Naughty Bits talk upcoming shows for Halloween, their family holiday

The band originally began as the costume-clad theatrical group, Yin Yang & Zen Some. Over the years, they were booked more under the moniker, The Naughty Bits – Yin Yang only appearing on Halloween. Now, they’re sticking to The Naughty Bits.

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Will your job drug test you?

In the Verde Valley, it depends on the job

You’ve just updated your resume, alerted your references, killed that interview and now you’ve been offered the job. The next questions is: will your employer drug test you?

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Hunseder appointed to fill town council seat in Clarkdale

CLARKDALE – Debbie Hunseder was appointed to a vacant Clarkdale Town Council seat Tuesday during a special meeting.

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Cottonwood police detective arrested following domestic violence investigation

Detective placed on paid administrative leave

A Cottonwood police officer was arrested Wednesday following an investigation of a domestic disturbance in Clarkdale, according to Clarkdale Police Sgt. Nicole Florisi.

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5 historical facts you may not have known about Jerome

Jerome got its name from Eugene Jerome, a major financier of the United Verde Copper Company in the late 19th Century. Eugene was cousins with Jennie Jerome, the mother of Winston Churchill.

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Hunter Bachrach resigns from Jerome Town Council seat

Hunter Bachrach won’t be on the dais of Jerome Town Council anymore, due to “personal reasons.”

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Local tour from local guy: 19-year-old Jerome guide strives for historical accuracy

Joe Westcott started his tour guide business when he was just 17 years old. The hour-long walking history tour “brings the past to life,” he said. The focus is on history, not ghost stories. Although, Westcott said he will sprinkle in some gruesome details about some of the mining accidents that occurred in the now-bustling tourist town.

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Council narrows candidates for Cottonwood city manager

In less than a month, Cottonwood City Council will make the final decision on a new city manager.

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Sneak peak of band practice with The Naughty Bits

Pick up this Sunday's Verde Independent or next Wednesday's Kudos to learn more about The Naughty Bits' future in the Verde Valley as well as some of their upcoming projects.

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Cottonwood Sears is here to stay

Business not part of bankruptcy filing

COTTONWOOD – Local patrons may be relieved to know that the Sears Hometown Store in Cottonwood isn’t going to be impacted by Sears’ bankruptcy filing.

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Cottonwood moves forward on Mingus without roundabout on 12th St.

Council chooses cheaper option; mayor is concerned about pedestrian safety

COTTONWOOD -- Cottonwood City Council directed staff to move forward with Mingus Avenue construction along 12th Street – with no new roundabout.

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Clarkdale interviews council candidates

CLARKDALE – Clarkdale Town Council began the process of filling its vacant council seat left by Ben Kramer Tuesday afternoon.

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5 things you should know about this year's Jerome Halloween Dance

This will be the event’s 44th year. All proceeds benefit the Jerome Fire Department Auxiliary, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit supporting the Jerome Fire Department.

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Cottonwood sales tax hike takes effect on Nov.1

The City of Cottonwood’s half-percent sales tax increase goes into effect Nov. 1.

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What’s the u$e? What you need to know about Cottonwood’s use tax

COTTONWOOD -- Cottonwood City Council approved implementation of a use tax during Tuesday’s work session.

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Only two people step forward to serve on Clarkdale Town Council

Two people have applied for an open seat on Clarkdale Town Council.

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Verde Valley Women Who Lead: Barbara Quayle

Not run ‘by what strangers think’

The self-described “lively senior” is active in her church as well as organizations like Sedona Women.

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Clarkdale unanimously adopts new sustainability guidelines

For the Town of Clarkdale, sustainable solutions are now more than just allusions in a general plan.

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October Jerome community briefs: Ghost Walk at Spook Hall this weekend

The Jerome Historical Society is hosting its 14th annual Ghost Walk this weekend.

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Former masseur accused of sexual assault rejects plea deal

CAMP VERDE -- A former masseur facing three charges of sexual assault rejected a plea during a Donald hearing Monday.

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Clarkdale to review sustainable guidelines for housing

CLARKDALE -- In response to interest from developers to build multifamily units in Clarkdale, town staff drafted guidelines to encourage sustainable development.

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What people are saying about Verde Connect project

In an effort to alleviate traffic concerns and higher travel demands, Yavapai County is considering a project that would add a new north-south route to connect Cornville Road to State Route 260.

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Cottonwood gives first approval for Starbucks

COTTONWOOD -- A plan for a new Starbucks on State Route 89A and 260 moved forward in Cottonwood City Council Tuesday following the first reading of Ordinance 651.

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Cold Case Solved: Cottonwood man in 2013 arson of city property indicted

Police say no other motive than 'disdain for the government'

A 26-year-old Cottonwood man who was involved in several 2013 arsons of city property was indicted by a Grand Jury last month, according to Cottonwood Police.

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Local agencies address trafficking rumors

Rumors of young girls being followed by potential human traffickers have been circulating social media sites in the last few weeks.

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Commentary: Flaws in #MeToo don’t negate its importance

The #MeToo movement – a watershed cultural reckoning against sexual abuse – is about to reach its one-year anniversary.

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Verde Valley Women who Lead: Ruth Ellen Elinski

Thinking and acting locally

For Elinski, when it comes to working in small, rural communities, patience is a virtue.