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Mingus requests law enforcement investigation into school bus incident

According to a media alert issued by Mingus Union School District Superintendent Penny Hargrove Sunday morning, the Mingus administration has requested the assistance of law-enforcement in investigating an incident involving a matter that occurred on one of its buses.

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Woman with COPD walks 2K another year

Physical therapy makes difference for Timmie Bell

In June 2016, Timmie Bell was hospitalized for an infection in her lungs. Her chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known as COPD, started as a small cough left that left Bell struggling to breathe.

Rhoades resigns as Camp Verde varsity football coach

CAMP VERDE – About 17 months ago, Camp Verde High School’s then-interim football coach proposed to his then-girlfriend on the field following a tough win.

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Cottonwood present mirrors past

City looks to rebrand Civic Center to old roots

From Workers Progress Administration project, to community clubhouse to naval housing, the Cottonwood Civic Center has stood the test of time and now Cottonwood city employees hope to see it stand even longer.

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Wage equalization likely topic for consolidation committee

Although members of the Advisory Committee for Consolidation have discussed wage equalization at each of their meetings, talks have mostly been about certified employees such as teachers and paraprofessionals.

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Clarkdale Town Park restoration project underway

CLARKDALE – Freeport Minerals initiated the United Verde Soil Program (UVSP) to test soil at residential, commercial and public properties in areas of Clarkdale near the historical copper smelter.

Forum to review local progress on mental health advocacy, services

Are we better off than we were five years ago when it comes to access to services for mental health issues in the Verde Valley?

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Jerome council weighs costs, merits of staggered terms question on ballot

JEROME -- A measure to initiate staggered terms may not end up on Jerome’s ballot after all this year, now that the Jerome Town Council was notified of the cost.

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General plan sparks lively debate in Jerome

JEROME -- While no action was scheduled in regard to the revised Jerome General Plan, that did not stop the room from having the usual lengthy discussion on the plan Tuesday.

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Help wanted: citizens needed to serve on Jerome Planning and Zoning Commission

JEROME -- As of Tuesday night’s meeting, Jerome no longer has a planning and zoning commission due to a lack of members, leaving the board unable to reach a quorum. Two members of the board’s terms expired and neither were present at the meeting.

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Two years later, sexual exploitation case approaches trial

CAMP VERDE – A sexual exploitation case that disturbed Verde Santa Fe residents two years ago is being prepped for trial by the State and Phoenix attorney Bruce Blumberg.

Booze and beef thief pleads guilty to attempted robbery

CAMP VERDE – A man who stole over $400 of meat and alcohol from Walmart accepted a plea deal on Monday.

Man chooses prison over probation

CAMP VERDE – Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Michael R. Bluff found 23-year-old Adakai Anderson’s honesty to be a mitigating factor in his DUI case on Monday.

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Mingus Union coaches Bob Young, Tim McKeever resign

Erick Quesada named new baseball coach as school to search for new football coach

Both Young and McKeever had already announced they were leaving Mingus Union, but Thursday was the district governing board’s opportunity to recognize the coaches for their contributions to the school.

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Calling all job seekers

5 things to know about the Verde Valley Job Career & Education Fair

On April 4, participants will have the chance to apply for jobs, learn how to fill out their resume and how to conduct themselves professionally in interviews. The event will take place at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m

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Valley Academy sends fire science, construction students to SkillsUSA competition

Seven of the Verde Valley’s career and technical education students recently placed in the SkillsUSA competition for Region 4 competitors.

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Mobile grill-cleaning business opens in Sedona-Verde Valley

Red Rock Grill Cleaning began service in Sedona and the Verde Valley last month.

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Wellness comes first at Rimrock’s Emerald Waves Healing

At Rimrock’s newest business, there are no set hours, says Christine Frydenborg Dargon.

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Camp Verde High School student of the month

Camp Verde High School has announced that senior Chase Decker is the school’s March 2018 Kiwanis Student of the Month.

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Camp Verde School Board welcomes back Bob Simbric

At their Tuesday, March 13 regular meeting, Camp Verde Unified School District’s governing board members welcome Bob Simbric back to the board.

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Property tax break being considered for Arizona seniors

The House Ways and Means Committee voted 6-2 Wednesday to grant Class 6 status to the homes of seniors who meet certain income requirements.

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How pie is divided not as important as ‘size of the pie’

Verde Valley’s education leaders weigh in on Auditor General’s classroom spending report

If someone takes away your Thanksgiving dinner plate but later gives you back the roll and butter, you’re still going hungry.

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‘One of worst child neglect cases officers have seen’

Cottonwood woman charged with endangerment, abuse

COTTONWOOD – In a case that Cottonwood police officials described as “one of worst child neglect cases officers have seen,” a 32-year-old Cottonwood woman has been arrested on felony charges of endangerment, child abuse (criminal negligence), neglect or abuse of a minor and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Lack of precipitation in the Verde Valley: how will fire season be affected?

A fire season can be defined in two ways: the first is by the occurrence of fires, most of which occur from mid-April to mid-July. The second definition refers to when most fire crews are hired – April to October.