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Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District teachers got a Christmas in August as members of the district community gave a little back.

The district gave out these back-to-school gifts at its annual Made in the Shade event, which welcomed staff and teachers back to school Aug. 4 at Mountain View Preparatory School.

Mingus Union High School District named a new member to its Governing Board July 31.

Cottonwood Police Chief Steve Gesell joins the board to replace Robb Williams, who resigned when he moved out of the school district.

Constructed in 1939, the Cottonwood Civic Center has been a central feature of Old Town for its entire existence.

Most recently, prior to the construction of the Cottonwood Recreation Center, it hosted the vast majority of indoor recreational programming. However, since the city of Cottonwood’s acquisition of the building during incorporation in 1960, the building has seen few updates and benefited from only a bare bones approach to maintenance.

The building is shut down, inaccessible to the public and, more importantly from a revenue-generating standpoint, unavailable to rent for events.

Beaver Creek School District is proof positive that small, rural school communities can compete with bigger, better-heeled urban districts.

On May 25, the Yavapai Healthy School Coalition named Beaver Creek School the Yavapai Healthy School of the Year. The coalition had encouraged BCSD, a K-8 school district with one school in Rimrock, to apply for the Healthy School designation.

It becomes more apparent as time goes on: Yavapai County’s libraries are far from low-tech.

But for its barn-like exterior, the Camp Verde Community Library, a two-story, 17,000-square-foot building less than a year old, does not feel much like a rural facility.

From the earth to the stars — it’s not the Cottonwood Public Library’s motto, but based on recent community offerings it might as well be.

This month, the library hosts two events that show just how far libraries have moved away from only offering books and internet access: The return of the seed library and a solar viewing opportunity in celebration of the upcoming total solar eclipse.

Whether you’re a member of Cornville’s small, tight-knit community or a commuter making your way through the area, you can’t help but notice the building being constructed on the Desert Star Community School grounds.

Desert Star, a K-8 public Waldorf charter school at 1240 S. Recycler Road, began construction on its $2.2 million Community Hall in March. The 6,300square-foot multipurpose building will contain a performance stage, a commercial kitchen and flexible recreation, auditorium and dining space, as well as an additional classroom.

Drive down Main Street and you’ll notice only one empty space in Old Town’s facade: On the west side of the street, at 920 N. Main Street, sits an empty lot.

The developers of LeMain have plans for that space. Within a year or two, a three-story building will occupy 920, its first floor dedicated to commercial space and its top two floors given condominium-style residences.

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