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Sheriff’s office seeking to identify human remains found near Verde River

Suspect seen by employees acting strangely, squirting sports drinks into his eyes

The Yavapai County Sherriff's Office is working to identify human remains found in a remote area alongside the Verde River.

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Verde Valley Caregiver Coalition honors community volunteers

Celebrating invaluable altruism is at the heart of Verde Valley Caregiver Coalition’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, once again successfully held at Sedona Rouge and Spa, April 19.

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County Attorney: No criminal charges in Mingus hazing case

The Yavapai County Attorney’s Office announced Thursday that it will not move forward with criminal prosecution in connection with the March 6 sexual-related hazing that resulted in 180-day suspensions for two Mingus Union varsity baseball players.

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Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters welcomes new staff

Community and nonprofit leaders gathered Monday, April 23, at the Cottonwood Recreation Center to welcome the new leadership staff of Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters in an event sponsored by APS.

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Danny Howe changes Camp Verde Unified School District’s leadership

In his first few months as administrator-in-charge, Camp Verde Unified’s Danny Howe isn’t afraid to make changes to his district’s administrative leadership.

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Tankesley named principal at South Verde

Three years ago, Steve King left his position as principal at South Verde High School to assist – then succeed – Barb U’Ren as superintendent at Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District.

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Second man in VOC child molestation case sentenced to 32 years in prison

CAMP VERDE – A man was sentenced Tuesday morning after pleading guilty to felony charges in a molestation case occurring from 2010 to 2014 in both Cornville and the Village of Oak Creek.

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Mingus Union Operation Graduation celebrates 30 years

A community effort if there ever was one, Mingus Union High School’s Operation Graduation is getting ready to celebrate 30 years of helping high school graduates celebrate their accomplishments in a drug- and alcohol-free environment.

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Driver from tour jeep rollover dies from injuries

The driver in a tour jeep rollover from last month has died due to injuries sustained from the accident, according to Bart Graves from Arizona Department of Public Safety.

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School is out, but teachers are still rallying

Verde Valley parents respond to school closures amid Red for Ed movement

On Wednesday evening, Verde Valley teachers protested once again to rally for public education funding. On Thursday, schools across the Verde Valley and Arizona will be closed amidst a statewide teacher walkout.

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Cottonwood-Oak Creek schools also to be closed Friday, reopened Monday

Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Superintendent Steve King announced that the statewide teacher walkout that will commence April 26 has necessitated an additional school closure day for C-OC schools April 27.

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Camp Verde schools to walk out Thursday, return to class on Monday

Much like the state’s other teachers, Camp Verde Unified’s educators will not be in class on Thursday.

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5 things you won’t want to miss at this year’s Verde Valley Fair

The annual Verde Valley Fair is just around the corner. This community event signifies the culmination of 4-H and FFA projects as well as a yearly get-together of food, rides a and live entertainment.

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American Heritage to close Cottonwood campus Thursday, Camp Verde campus to remain open

Thursday, American Heritage Academy will close its K-12 Cottonwood campus as teachers will walk out of class with the rest of the state’s public school teachers.

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Calliandra Brooks says that as a third-grade teacher at Camp Verde Elementary School, she encourages her students “to build a growth mindset which allows them to take risks and work as hard as possible.” VVN/Bill Helm

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Mingus board debates merits of closing school

COTTONWOOD – Mingus Union School District Superintendent Penny Hargrove gave the district’s governing board two options to consider as it considered Thursday’s scheduled walkout of the state’s educators over inadequate funding in the classroom and inadequate pay for teachers, administrators and support staff.

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Mingus to close Thursday, reopen Friday (with video)

Seniors to make up four lost hours of instruction May 20-25

Teacher Craig Mai’s virtual promise that Mingus Union teachers would walk out of the classroom for just one day only paved the way for the Mingus Union School Board to suspend classes at the high school Thursday

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Mingus Union drama troupe to perform Gershwin’s ‘Crazy for You’

Written by Ken Ludwig as a book, “Crazy for You” is the story of love, the love of a man on Wall Street and a woman on Main Street as they fall madly in love, put on a show, and dance their way to happiness.

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SFD: Cause of trolley fire still unknown

Sedona Fire District found a trolley tour bus on fire along State Route 179 while responding to a medical emergency Monday morning.

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Valley Academy ‘monitoring the lead of our high schools’ on school closure

COTTONWOOD – When Arizona’s teachers don’t show up for work on Thursday, Cottonwood’s Valley Academy of Career and Technology Education may or may not be in session, District Superintendent Bob Weir said.

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Beaver Creek School will be closed Thursday

School’s food distribution available during strike

RIMROCK – Although the state-wide walkout of Arizona school teachers is scheduled to start on Thursday, neither educators nor school officials know how long the strike will last.

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Classes canceled one day only at Clarkdale-Jerome school April 26

Normal school hours will resume Friday, April 27

CLARKDALE -- District Superintendent Danny Brown said Monday that all classes at Clarkdale-Jerome School will be canceled Thursday, April 26.

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Cottonwood-Oak Creek campuses will be closed April 26

Cottonwood-Oak Creek Superintendent Steve King announced Monday that all campuses within the school district will be closed Thursday as educators throughout Arizona will stage a walkout in protest of school funding policies in Arizona.

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Cottonwood-Oak Creek Q&A on Thursday teacher walkout

Leaders of Arizona Educators United and the Arizona Education Association, representing teachers and educational staff across the state in advocating for increased educational funding and competitive pay for staff, have announced plans for a #RedforEd Walk-Out beginning on Thursday, April 26.

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School gun safety plan riles opposition

Foes say there is 'glaring loophole,' does nothing to help existing laws

A Senate panel voted 4-3 Thursday to allow judges to force some people to surrender their weapons -- but only after a multistep process that supporters say will protect due process rights.