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Gallery: Thunder Valley Rally closes Cottonwood with a bang Saturday

The festival hosted a myriad of entertainment, vendors, food and drink for motorcycle enthusiasts from all walks of life. Big names like names like Rickey Medlocke and Jonny Lang provided weekend entertainment.

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Mingus Union lost to Coconino 42-40 on the road on Sept. 14. VVN/James Kelley

2018 Camp Verde Patriot Day remembrance

Tuesday, American Legion Post 93 Camp Verde the 17th annual Patriot Day ceremony to remember the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The remembrance, held at the Camp Verde Ramada on Hollamon Street, included various presentations by the Legion, including the Striking of the Four Fives by the Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority, Posting and Retrieval of the Colors - and the rifle salute - by the American Legion Post 93 Color Guards, Rifle Salute, as well as remarks by Legion Commander Kenneth McPherson, as well as Camp Verde Mayor Charlie German, Deputy Mike Jardine of the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office, Copper Canyon Fire Chief Terry Keller, Legion Auxiliary Unit President Suzan Bruce, Sons of the Legion Squadron 93 2nd Vice Henry Ellison, American Legion Riders Director Bill Gay, Legion Auxiliary Chaplain Karen Mealey. Mealey also sang the National Anthem. Copper Canyon Fire also conducted the Bell Toll 11 times. Dr. Ronald Wright played Taps, and the benediction was performed by Gordon Kelsey. Following the hour-long remembrance, Legion Post 93 held a pot luck luncheon at the Legion, located at 276 S. 3rd St. VVN/Bill Helm

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Mingus Union football traveled to Chandler Seton Catholic Prep on Sept. 7, losing 36-26. VVN/James Kelley

Photo Gallery Mingus Mesquite Football

Mingus Union High School Marauders win a close one at home last night 24-21. The win bumped Mingus's record up to 3-0. Mesquite is still searching for that first win as they fell to 0-3. This action is Mingus' first touchdown in the first quarter. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

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On Aug. 30, Mingus Union swimming and diving hosted Northland Prep and Winslow, defeating both. VVN/James Kelley

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Camp Verde High boys and girls soccer opened the season on Aug. 28 and both won their debut. VVN/James Kelley

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On Aug. 24 Mingus Union football hosted Show Low and won 55-32. VVN/James Kelley

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Camp Verde football hosted Sanders Valley for a scrimmage on Thursday night. VVN/James Kelley

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On Aug. 8, Mingus Union football hosted a 4-way scrimmage, playing against Phoenix Central and Phoenix Trevor G. Browne. VVN/James Kelley

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On Aug. 3 Mingus Union football hosted its annual Red and Gray Scrimmage. VVN/James Kelley

Cottonwood-Oak Creek's annual Meet The Teachers event

Though classes start on Wednesday, Aug. 8, Cottonwood-Oak Creek School kicked off its new school year on Friday, Aug. 3 with a special teacher meet-and-greet. Called “Made in the Shade,” the event began with a 7 a.m. breakfast on the district’s grounds, then was followed by district-wide staff introductions beginning shortly at 8 a.m. The district also gave out various prizes to staff. This event is held each year and is a “fun event, driven toward celebrating the special people who call Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District their home,” said Tricia Winters, executive assistant to District Superintendent Steve King and secretary for the district’s governing board. VVN/Bill Helm

2018 Camp Verde Unified School District's annual Meet The Teachers

Camp Verde Unified School kicked off its new school year on Wednesday with a special teacher meet-and-greet. The event began with breakfast in the district’s cafeteria at 7 am, then was followed by new staff introductions beginning at 8 a.m. VVN/Bill Helm

2018 Clarkdale-Jerome School's Meet the Teachers

Though classes at Clarkdale-Jerome School started on Thursday, children, their parents and interested community members visited the school Wednesday afternoon to meet their teachers, find out which classroom is theirs, and meet other community groups. The Clarkdale-Jerome community donated more than $30,000 in parts and labor this summer for the purchase and installation of new bleachers at the soccer field at Clarkdale-Jerome School, according to District Superintendent Danny Brown. Mark Tufte, vice president and manager of Country Bank in Cottonwood, was one of the community’s donators for the project. Tufte, also an AYSO soccer coach, said Wednesday that each of the 32 new metal benches should seat approximately 14 people, which means there are about 450 seats available for the community to watch events at the field. Besides Country Bank of Cottonwood, the following community businesses and organizations also contributed to the project: Sherwin Williams, Pro Build, Benchmark Builders, Cactus Flooring, Clarkdale Police Department, Barnworks Fabrication, Backus Building Companies, Town of Clarkdale, Verde Valley Rotary Club, AYSO Soccer 232, Hale’s Roofing. VVN/Bill Helm

Sedona Pink Jeep Tours

It started as a way to sell prospective property owners on Sedona’s beauty. But Don Pratt’s jeep rides in the 1950s turned into Sedona Jeep Tours. The Grand Canyon was on Jay Anderson’s bucket list. But the Naperville, Illinois family stopped in Sedona on the way to the Canyon – and took in a Sedona Jeep Tour. VVN/Bill Helm

Verde Valley Little League Majors Baseball

Verde Valley Little League's majors baseball all-stars beat Hayden-Winkelman 7-0 on July 21 in Scottsdale in the state tournament. VVN/James Kelley

Operation Back To School 2018

At the Old Town Mission, volunteers spent the morning of Tuesday, July 24 filling backpacks with pencils, paper, folders, binders, composition books, rulers, scissors and crayons. For the annual Operation: Back to School project, Old Town Mission Executive Director Kellie Wilson says that more than 1,200 backpacks will be given out from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday at the Verde Community Church. VVN/Bill Helm

2018 Beaver Creek Summer Reading Program Finale

Maria and Henry Flurry, better known on the children’s music circuit as Sticks and Tones, perform a collection of their more playful tunes Wednesday at the Beaver Creek Library’s Summer Reading Program finale for 2018. This year’s theme, Libraries Rock, encouraged children to read with a variety of programs geared to the world of music. Children and adults alike enjoyed and participated in the musical presentation – then celebrated the end of the program by eating pizza. VVN/Bill Helm

Mingus Youth Football Camp

On July 16-18, Mingus Union football held its annual youth football camp. VVN/James Kelley