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Each year, the city of Cottonwood makes a major investment in the well-being of its citizens, encouraging healthy weight loss through its Looking Good Cottonwood program.

Managed by Cottonwood Recreation Center Fitness Center Supervisor Trevor Faust, the 12-week competition challenges participants to lose weight and offers substantial prizes to winners. This year’s competition, the seventh of its kind, kicks off Feb. 21, 2018 — far enough away, perhaps, to procrastinate just a little, yet soon enough to inspire News Year’s resolutions. The contest ends on May 16.

The third annual Verde Valley Wine Festival has an official date: Saturday, May 12. Following a successful two-day event last year, partner hosts Four Eight Wineworks and the Clarkdale Foundation have opted to return to Clarkdale Town Park for a single-day event.

According to last year’s festival coordinator Shelby Scheer, 2017’s attendance topped out at approximately 2,000, with nearly 1,400 attending on Saturday. 2016’s festival, which took place over a single Saturday, attracted 1,100 people.

Two months after Camp Verde Town Manager Russ Martin placed Camp Verde Marshal Nancy Gardner on administrative leave, Mayor Charlie German said the investigation is ongoing with no new updates to town council.

Gardner was placed on leave Oct. 23 for undisclosed reasons. She remains on payroll. In the interim, Cmdr. Brian Armstrong is acting as marshal. According to Martin, a department of Arizona Department of Public Safety has taken on the investigation.

Although Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District has decided the matter of its consolidation with Mingus Union High School District should be in the hands of voters next November, the 13-member MUHSD and COCSD Advisory Committee for Consolidation continues to examine the implications of consolidating districts.

At 4 p.m., Jan. 9, MUHS will host the next consolidation committee meeting. In the meantime, two members of the MUHSD Governing Board have weighed in on the issue.

Cottonwood Fire and Medical Department, Cottonwood Police Department and Verde Valley Ambulance Company responded to the intersection of Cornville Road and State Route 89A for a report of a three-vehicle accident Thursday morning. 

Having witnessed the area vacant for decades, hearing rumors of development that fell through, many long-standing members of the community probably doubted the 172-plus acres west of the Bashas’ shop- ping center would ever see shovels turning dirt.

Now, Silverado at Simonton Ranch, a 55-plus community of 585 lots intended for 1,300- to 1,800-square-foot manufactured homes, has taken the penultimate step toward construction with Scottsdale-based developer CFT Ventures at the helm.

Three weeks ago, Camp Verde Unified School District Superintendent Dennis Goodwin informed the CVUSD Governing Board that he would not seek to renew his contract.

On Tuesday, Dec. 12, the governing board approved the agenda item pertaining to Goodwin’s intent, effectively finalizing the end date of his three-year tenure: June 30, 2018.

Last Monday,  the Arizona Department of Transportation began major construction on the new roundabout at Wilshire Road and State Route 260, causing roadway alignment changes for drivers.

The roundabout is part of ADOT’s SR 260 improvement project. Construction began earlier this year to turn the full 11-mile length of SR 260 between Camp Verde into a modern, separated four-lane highway with seven roundabout intersections, including two that ADOT expects will accommodate future development.

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