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2017 Patriot Day Remembrance

Monday, American Legion Post 93 Camp Verde held its 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, Posting and Retrieval of the Colors, Rifle Salute, as well as remarks by Legion Commander Stewart Phelan, as well as Camp Verde Mayor Charlie German, Det. Sgt. Stephen Butler of the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office, Fire Chief Terry Keller of the Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority, Legion Auxiliary Unit President Karen Mealey, Sons of the Legion Squadron Chaplain Kelly Hollamon and Legion Auxiliary Chaplain Gayleen Kelsey. “Therefore, while it is certainly fitting and absolutely appropriate to honor the fallen of Sept. 11, 2001, lest we never forget on this day, let me challenge all of us present here today and the rest of our fellow Americans to pledge ourselves to alter our lives by putting aside our petty differences of politics or political affiliation; of skin color, ethnicity or race; or of professional or social class. Instead, let us dedicate ourselves to truly demonstrate what it means to be an American and be patriotic by working together to solve the vexing issues that plague us – whether it is the recovery from a hurricane, or defeating Islamic terrorism, or eradicating poverty and hunger from this great nation, or here locally,” Keller told the attendees. (Photo by Bill Helm)

Mingus Football Cactus Shadows 2017

Mingus Union football hosted Cave Creek Cactus Shadows on Sept. 1 in their home opener. The Marauders lost 21-20. Photos by James Kelley

Camp Verde Harvest Medicinal Cannabis Grow Facility

Medical cannabis is cloned, grown, and then harvested in Camp Verde by Harvest, Inc., Camp Verde’s most recent cultivation facility. (Photos by Bill Helm)

Trump Rally protestors and supporters

Tuesday night on the corner of Washington and 3rd in Phoenix, protestors of President Donald J. Trump collided with the attendees of his campaign-style rally at the Phoenix Convention Center. (Photos by Halie Chavez)

Camp Verde, Beaver Creek view solar eclipse

Students and administrators at Beaver Creek School in Rimrock learn about astronomy - and solar eclipses - from Cottonwood resident James H. Keyworth. Keyworth, originally from Montreal, visited with the school’s students and staff and let them look at Monday’s solar eclipse through his specially-filtered telescope. The Camp Verde Community Library also hosted a solar eclipse presentation and viewing on Monday. More than 100 community members looked through special solar eclipse viewing glasses supplied by the library, or for Camp Verde residents Dave Freeman and Steve Ayers, special headsets. A solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, and when the Moon fully or partially blocks the Sun. This only can happen at new moon, when the Sun and the Moon are in conjunction as seen from Earth in alignment. (Photos by Bill Helm)

Vince's Auto Body New Building Construction

Work on the new SR 260 location for Vince's Auto Body is expected to be completed by mid-September, according to Dave Lochmann, superintendent for Tierra Verde Builders. (Photos by Bill Helm)

Mingus Football Red And Gray Scrimmage

On Friday night, Mingus Union football hosted its annual Red and Gray Scrimmage. The junior dominated red team won. (Photos by James Kelley)

2017 Beaver Creek School's Annual Back To School BBQ

Plenty of food at Thursday’s back-to-school barbecue at Beaver Creek School, as students and their families joined teachers, administrators and community representatives for an evening of fun. Besides dinner, tables lined the school’s cafeteria as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Yavapai Apache Police Department, Beaver Creek Kiwanis K-Kids and Builders Club, Imagination Library, Yavapai County Library, Expect More Arizona and the Beaver Creek Trails Coalition shared information with the community. Families also had an opportunity to tour the campus, as well as the classrooms. (Photos by Bill Helm)

2017 Camp Verde Cornfest

Friday and Saturday, Camp Verde’s annual Cornfest was the same it has been for the past 26 years, with corn, more corn and even more corn, as well as live music, vendors, arts and crafts, food and drinks, fun and games. (Photos by Bill Helm)

2017 Beaver Creek Independence Day

Beginning with pancakes and sausage, then ending with a rubber duck race, Beaver Creek’s annual Fourth of July celebration is an opportunity to recognize America’s independence as a nation, as well as have a fun day. Lake Montezuma residents Ernie and Juddie Batcheller were this year’s parade grand marshals, and recent Beaver Creek School graduate Mia Charley was this year’s junior grand marshal. This year, American Legion Riders from Camp Verde’s American Legion Post 93 kicked off the parade, while members of the American Legion’s Post 135 Cornville helped post the colors following the 9 a.m. parade, which traveled south on Montezuma Avenue past Rollins Park. (Photos by Bill Helm)

Aps All Stars Baseball Clinic Cottonwood

On Thursday at Mingus Union, the aps All-Stars staged a clinic for Verde Valley youth baseball players. aps' clinic was led by former Major Leaguers Ken Phelps, Ron Davis, Lou Klimchock and Dave Hilton.

Mingus Union At Camp Verde Boys Basketball

On Friday June 16, Camp Verde boys basketball hosted Mingus Union in the Cowboy Summer Shootout. The Marauders won (photos by James Kelley)

Mingus Union Football 7 On 7 June 14

On June 14, Mingus Union football hosted Sedona Red Rock, Chino Valley, Flagstaff and Coconino for 7-on-7 games and Big Man competitions. (Photos by James Kelley)

Mingus Football 7 On 7 June 7

On June 7, Mingus Union football hosted Sedona Red Rock, Monument Valley, Prescott and Coconino for 7-on-7 games and Big Man competitions. (Photos by James Kelley)

Camp Verde Heritage Pool

Since noon on Saturday, May 27, the Camp Verde Heritage Pool has been open for the summer season. Pictured, swimmers enjoy a morning dip in the pool Tuesday. Various swim activities, including swim lessons, are available each day until September. Camp Verde resident Candice Ganis teaches her 7-month-old son Jacob how to swim during Mommy and Me class. Call 928-567-0288 or visit for more information about the Camp Verde Parks and Recreation’s summer pool season. The Camp Verde Heritage Pool is located behind Camp Verde High School, at 290 Apache Trail. Pool admission for children will again be $1.50 per visit, with 10-visit and season passes also available. Adult admission is $2.50 per visit also with discounted 10-visit and season passes also available. (Photos by Bill Helm)

2017 Camp Verde Library's Summer Reading Program Kickoff

From Our Town to Outer Space, the Camp Verde Community Library kicked off its annual Summer Reading Program on Thursday, June 1 with activities throughout the library to help children register. This year, the Camp Verde library will offer special summer reading activities, as well as special incentives for readers of all ages. Library programs are designed to inspire reluctant readers to participate and improve reading skills while having fun and enjoying the summer break. This year, the library kicks off the program both June 1 and June 2. (Photos by Bill Helm)

2017 American Legion Post 93 Memorial Day at Clear Creek Cemetery

Monday, nearly 100 people attended the annual Memorial Day service at Clear Creek Cemetery. Presented each year by American Legion Post 93, the remembrance included various speakers, prayers, posting and retrieval of the colors, placing of the wreath, a rifle salute and taps. Following the service, Post 93 hosted a free luncheon. “Never forget, ever honor” was the theme of the event. (Photos by Bill Helm)

2017 McGuireville Memorial Day Weekend Tractor and Engine Show

The fourth annual Memorial Day Tractor and Engine Show in Historic Downtown McGuireville, held on May 27, was an opportunity for folks to remember history through tractor rides and decades-old engines running on all cylinders, as well as to remember fallen soldiers. (Photos by Bill Helm)

2017 Camp Verde High School Graduation

Thursday, Camp Verde High School’s Class of 2017 graduated on the Sam Hammerstrom football field, as the ceremony included various introductions, awards recognitions, student speakers, the Camp Verde High School choir, an introduction of the 21 12-year seniors who attended Beaver Creek and/or Camp Verde schools since first grade – as well as the presentation of the graduation class as 93 seniors received their diplomas. (Photos by Bill Helm)

2017 Beaver Creek School Promotion Ceremony

Including accommodation students, Beaver Creek School officially promoted 32 students Wednesday in school's multi-purpose building. Following awards presentations, speeches, and the song and rose ceremony, Beaver Creek School District Superintendent Karin Ward and Principal Katrina Sacco presented the diplomas, along with BCSD Governing Board members Jo Burke, Betty Hart, Jacqueline Harshman, Karen DuFresne and Perry Krowne. Valedictorian Mia Charley spoke, as well as co-salutatorians Quinn Franklin and Nicholas Lysons. Mia will attend Camp Verde High School in 2017-2018, while both Quinn and Nicholas will attend Mingus Union High School. The promotion ceremony ended with the school’s traditional dance back down the aisle. Attendees then attended a reception in the cafeteria before graduates then danced in the gym until 10 p.m. (Photos by Bill Helm)