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A hiker near Dead Horse Ranch State Park discovered a body in the Verde River Wednesday, Sept. 27.

At approximately 8 a.m., the Cottonwood Police Department dispatched officers to the hiker’s location. The hiker led the officers to the body located 200 yards east of the 10th Street bridge near the park.

The third annual Project Connect resource fair, hosted by the Verde Valley Homeless Coalition Sept. 25 at the Old Town Mission, provided homeless individuals access to services and highlighted an acute need in the Verde Valley.

“All the area service providers got together,” Cottonwood Mayor Timothy Elinski said. Elinksi acted as a greeter at the event, helping people sign in. “It was pretty intense .... There’s a lot of need in our area.”

They say victory is sweet — though in this case it’s more appropriate to say victory is savory and spicy, full of meat and beans.

In May, city of Cottonwood Mayor Timothy Elinski won the Great Sedona Chili Cook-off’s community challenge, beating out Sedona’s city manager Justin Clifton, and winning $250. On Monday, Sept. 25, Elinski took those winnings and donated them to Cottonwood Public Library’s children’s services department toward the purchase of new books and materials.

From the Cottonwood Police Department: On Wednesday, Sept. 27, at about 8 a.m. Cottonwood Police Department received a call from an individual reporting a body in the Verde River. The reporting person had been hiking along the Verde River near Dead Horse State Park when he discovered the body.

If you drove past the Vineyards at Cottonwood construction site in August, you likely saw stalled progress while the city and the developer, Prescott-based Granite Mountain Asset Management, came to terms on a financing assurance agreement.

Located at Grosetta Ranch Road and State Route 89A, Vineyards at Cottonwood is a master-planned community of 100.83 acres and approximately 550 homes. The projected length for build-out is seven to 10 years, comprising six housing phases, each with similar mixes of single-family, patio homes and condominiums.

Those who criticize the city of Cottonwood for encouraging thousands of bikers to visit each year may need to eat their words: Despite attracting a significantly higher number of participants this year, Thunder Valley Rally did not result in significant disturbances to the peace.

“It looks like we had about the same amount of calls for service as last year, but fewer calls for service for TVR specifically,” Cottonwood Police Department Sgt. Monica Kuhlt said. “[We had] nine calls total relating to TVR, with one arrest of a Cottonwood citizen for assault at the event itself.”

A decade ago, “self-published author” was considered an insult in the ranks of authors. Not any longer.

Even the most traditional of publishing gatekeepers — that is, libraries — have come to terms with the reality that the community of selfpublished, or indie, authors is a force to be reckoned with.

On Saturday, Oct. 14, Camp Verde Community Library will put its support behind indie authors, participating in the second annual Indie Author Day celebration. The event is free and open to the public.

Following the announcement of a significant increase in enrollment, Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education is forging ahead with its new central headquarters. Eight Camp Verde, Cottonwood and Sedona high school students enrolled in VACTE’s inaugural construction program are helping turn a 7,700-square-foot facility at 3405 State Route 89A in Cottonwood, the former site of Flip City Gym, into VACTE’s new headquarters.

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