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For more than two decades, Cottonwood’s Georgie’s Cafe has invited the entire Verde Valley in for a free full-course Thanksgiving meal.

On Thursday, Nov. 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., every single member of Georgie’s staff will be on hand to serve the communities of the Verde Valley.

This story has been updated from an earlier version on Nov. 20. 

Jerome Town Council called a special meeting Tuesday, Nov. 14, to discuss abatement of public nuisances.

Town attorney Bill Sims expressed concerns with the current planning and zoning code that provides very limited options when it comes to dealing with a public nuisance like a dilapidated building.

Because of human involvement, only one in five sections of rivers and streams in the Verde Valley meet the cleanliness standards for their intended use.

According to a recent analysis conducted by Darcy Hitchcock, co-founder of Sustainability Alliance AZ, in concert with the Red Rock Ranger District, the longest sections of the Verde River range from a three to a five on a one-to-five scale, while the majority of Oak Creek is designated a four.

As Camp Verde Community Development Director Carmen Howard admitted, development in Camp Verde is always in danger of being eclipsed by its more populous neighbors.

If recent residential and commercial progress is anything to go by, however, any omission of Camp Verde would be inexcusable. The heavy hitter on deck, Scottsdale-based CFT Ventures, is close to beginning construction on the largest housing development to come into Camp Verde in decades.

Camp Verde Marshal’s Office Marshal Nancy Gardner has been on administrative leave since Oct. 23. No information about what caused Town Manager Russ Martin to place Gardner on leave has been made public.

On Oct. 23, Martin said he expected the investigation into Gardner’s conduct, administered by an independent group, to take approximately two weeks. By Nov. 6, however, Martin had nothing more to add. Martin said he knew of the necessity of an investigation “since the few days at the end of the week prior” to placing Gardner on leave and moved to organize the independent group to conduct the investigation.

Cottonwood has moved forward with a plan to adopt a use tax on vehicles and equipment used or stored in the city.

On Nov. 7, City Council moved to issue a notice of intent to adopt the relevant sections of the Arizona Model City Tax Code, allowing it to assess a tax of up to 3 percent on “certain tangible property, including vehicles and equipment used or stored in the city by individuals and businesses.”

Following his diagnosis of a brain tumor, one of Cottonwood Police Department’s newest officers is in need of support.

“Shortly into his law enforcement career and at just 25 years old, he was given life-changing news,” CPD Sgt. Monica Kuhlt said of officer John “Jack” Glock. “Officer Glock has gone through two surgeries since July with the last one on Oct. 30. As you can imagine, the recovery is going to be arduous.”

Teachers, administrators and parents of students in Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District and Mingus Union High School District can breathe a sigh of relief:The votes of the Nov. 7 election are in, and both districts’ override continuations passed with a clear majority.

3,457 voters in the two precincts comprising COCSD, or 60.86 percent of the vote, cast ballots in favor of the override continuation, while 2,223, or 39.14 percent, cast ballots against.

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