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Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts recruit in Verde Valley

It’s recruiting time for the Verde Valley’s Boy Scouts and the Cub Scouts.

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Jerome to get high-speed internet, Verizon likely to install cell sites

Mayor Frank Vander Horst and Town Manager Candace Gallagher met with Verizon Wireless about the company’s plans to install small cell sites in Jerome. State law requires that the town allow the sites to be installed.

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TVR ready to rock; split-venue ‘working out’

Thunder Valley Rally is less than one month away, and the TVR committee is busy putting the final touches on the annual motorcycle rally.

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Cramp, charged with continuous sexual abuse, rejects plea deal

Lanny Sean Cramp, of Cottonwood, appeared in custody Monday at Yavapai County Superior Court before Judge Michael R. Bluff for a possible change of plea.

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Woman charged with attempted meth smuggling into jail set for second case management conference

Monday, Cher Ann Loken appeared in Yavapai County Superior Court in custody before Judge Michael R. Bluff in Camp Verde.

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Man charged with stabbing roommate appears for case management conference

Levi Phillips, 34, of Cottonwood, appeared in court before Judge Michael R. Bluff at Yavapai Superior Court in Camp Verde for his case’s first management conference Monday. Phillips is currently held on a $40,000 bond.

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Man accused of involvement with sex trafficking in Prescott set for December trial

Charles Ray’shon Buffington, of Prescott, appeared in custody at Yavapai County Superior Court in Camp Verde before Judge Michael R. Bluff for a pretrial conference Monday.

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O’Halleran donates books to Camp Verde library through special Library of Congress program

Arizona Rep. Tom O’Halleran said Monday that his donation of 11 books to the Camp Verde Community Library was the beginning of what will be “more and more” donations to rural libraries.

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More fake bills circulating throughout Yavapai County

Area agencies are warning the public about counterfeit money that has been circulating throughout the county.

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Amateur astronomer brings telescope to Beaver Creek School, talks about Monday’s eclipse

A young lad of 10 in Montreal is when James H. Keyworth first became what he calls an “amateur astronomer.”

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Mountain lion seen in Camp Verde neighborhood

A large male mountain lion was spotted in a Camp Verde neighborhood recently.

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Driver suspected of opioid overdose arrested following head-on crash in Cottonwood

COTTONWOOD - Sunday at about 7 p.m., Cottonwood police responded to a head-on crash in the 600 block of South Main Street in an incident police suspect is the result of an opioid overdose by one of the drivers.

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Two Cottonwood residents killed in car crash in Flagstaff

FLAGSTAFF -- Two Cottonwood residents died following a single-vehicle accident near Christmas Tree Estates in Flagstaff.

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Two-vehicle crash on 89A between Cottonwood and Sedona

August 18, 12:15 p.m., the Verde Valley Fire District responded to a two-vehicle accident on 89A and mile post 361.

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Congressman donates surplus books to Camp Verde library

Arizona Rep. Tom O’Halleran to drop off books, discuss special Library of Congress program

Each year, Washington D.C.’s Library of Congress receives multiple copies of all published books.

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Monday's Total Solar Eclipse

Viewing parties planned for unique event

Solar viewings held by the Astronomers of the Verde Valley allow those curious enough to see the sun in all its blazing glory, even on a hot summer day.

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Valley Academy agreement not on Mingus Union agenda - yet

Superintendent: Tech ed partnership likely discussed in September

The highlight to Tuesday’s meeting of the Mingus Union High School District governing board is not an item on the agenda – but an item conspicuously left off the agenda.

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Leaders of area homeless coalition now find themselves homeless

For the first time in their lives, Wing and Laurie -- they keep it simple, no last names -- the leaders of the Sedona Area Homeless Alliance, find themselves homeless.

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Immaculate Conception Catholic Church plans to build senior housing facility

Permit, design review requests go before P&Z Commission Monday

Monday, the Cottonwood Planning and Zoning Commission will consider the conditional use permit and design review requested by the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church to allow the construction of a new senior housing complex, a rectory for priests, a new social hall, and new parish offices.

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Fire departments host car seat safety check

The Cottonwood Fire Department and the Verde Valley Fire District coordinated Friday to host a car-seat safety check at the Cottonwood fire house where motorists could bring in their vehicles and have their car seats checked.

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Talk of Jerome nuisances tabled until September meeting

During the Aug. 8 Jerome Council Meeting, resolution to the abandoned vehicles and dilapidated buildings of Jerome has been tabled until the scheduled September Town of Jerome Council meeting.

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Jerome Fire Department deemed ‘firewise,’ receives $20,000 from Boundary Fire response

The Jerome Fire Department has a history of tackling wildfires such as the Boundary Fire in Kaibab National Forest in June, but now the evidence is official.

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Mental competence to be determined for man accused of murdering father in Fossil Creek

CAMP VERDE – Francis Claude Klettke, who is charged with first-degree murder, appeared in court before Judge Michael R. Bluff at Yavapai Superior Court. Klettke, 22, is also facing felony charges for abandonment/concealment of a dead body and theft of a means of transportation. He is held on a $200,000 bond.

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Sept. 25 case management conference set in bar owner aggravated assault case

CAMP VERDE – Michael James Anderson, owner of Bootleggers Beer Club in Cottonwood, appeared before Judge Michael R. Bluff out of custody at Yavapai Superior Court Monday. Anderson is charged with two felony counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon stemming from an arrest in May.