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This weekend marks a first for Cottonwood’s signature Old Town event: After years on Main Street alone, Thunder Valley Rally will be split between two venues.

Despite having no intergovernmental agreements with two of its three member school districts, Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education has increased its enrollment in satellite and central campus programs over last year.

VACTE superintendent Bob Weir presented data on enrollment during the VACTE Governing Board meeting Tuesday, Sept. 5.

More than 100 people gathered Friday and Saturday, Sept. 8 and 9, at Beaver Creek School in Rimrock to discuss strengthening education in the Verde Valley.

People from all walks of life attended: Current and former educators, as well as business, political and community leaders from throughout the area. The Verde Valley Forum for Public Affairs hosted the event, along with Arizona Town Hall moderating.

Let it never be said that Camp Verde is lagging behind Cottonwood or Sedona when it comes to commercial development: Four national chains are developing properties in town.

Circle K’s construction of a second area store on Finnie Flat Road south of Bashas’, stalled since its announcement at the beginning of 2016, is set to begin soon, according to Camp Verde community development director Carmen Howard.

By promoting longstanding officers to supervisor positions, Camp Verde Marshal’s Office is creating a leadership team based upon experience and community mindedness.

During the Camp Verde Town Council meeting Sept. 6, Brandon Collins received a sergeant badge and Tom Baizel received a corporal badge.

Both officers’ spouses pinned their badges on their uniforms.

Traditions often start in small ways: A potluck at your best friend’s, a candle placed on a mantle to remember a departed loved one.

Or, traditions can start off with a bang. In 2015, during the inaugural Scarecrows Around Town event, nearly 100 scarecrows were erected around town in celebration of the upcoming Fort Verde Days.

The opportunity to destroy a home in order to train firefighters doesn’t come around often. As a result, firefighters in the Verde Valley get a little excited when someone is kind enough to donate their property to the greater good.

On Thursday, Aug. 31, over a dozen crew members of Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority ignited a property at 25 Montezuma Castle Highway in Camp Verde.

More than 2,000 residents of the Verde Villages, the Verde Valley’s largest community, live in poverty. With that poverty comes food insecurity.

Mike Newcomb, a former Amazon.com executive and wholesale food distributor, founded Manzanita Outreach in 2011 to address the gaps between food distribution services in communities like the Verde Villages.

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