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It’s no secret that the grand opening of the new Camp Verde Community Library Saturday, Nov. 5 will be one of the town’s biggest events in recent memory.Camp Verde Community Library Youth Services Clerk Wendy Cook Roberts, left, and Youth Services Children’s Librarian Nadia Torabi work together to bring all the inventory from the old library building into the new one. The Camp Verde Community Library is set to open on Saturday, Nov. 5.

The new library is the first building the Town of Camp Verde has built since its incorporation in 1985. According to CVCL Director Kathy Hellman, its planning, completion and opening mark a watershed moment when the town and its residents came together toward a common goal — to place the library at the center of the community, encouraging access for all of Camp Verde and the surrounding area.

For the last four years, Yavapai County has tried to make voting as easy as possible. This year’s general election on Tuesday, Nov. 8, is not expected to be an exception.Election Logo 2016

“Having vote centers since 2012 has proven to be a great advantage for our voters,” Yavapai County Recorder Leslie Hoffman said. “As they have become accustomed to going anywhere in the county to cast their ballot, they’ve grown to enjoy the ease and convenience.”  

The final figures for the Kids Against Hunger food-packing event, Saturday, Oct. 22, at Verde Valley Fairgrounds, are staggering.Junior Kylie Densmore, junior Dariana Portillo, Junior Mackenzie King, senior Maya Federbush, supervisor Dawn Canfield, freshman Felicia Buno, junior Saya Federbush, and junior Reanna Bueno, clockwise from right, all part-of the Mingus Union High School Interact Club, buisily work together to pack one of 300,000 meals, more than half of which will feed the hungry in the U.S., with the rest helping to end hunger in Haiti.

According to Kids Against Hunger Verde Valley Director Karen Freeman, 682 packers and over 150 volunteer workers from local schools, churches, banks, civic groups, Cottonwood Fire Department, Verde Valley Fire District, Verde Valley Ambulance, city of Cottonwood, veterans groups, seniors groups, Girl and Boy Scout troops and the community at large took part.

Following a violent altercation with a stranger who entered her home, 29-year-old Amanda Harbeson of Rimrock lost her husband, 25-year-old Jarrod Rogers, to gunshot wounds on Oct. 14.Jarrod Rogers, 25, was shot and killed in his home in Rimrock allegedly by a 17-year-old assailant on Oct. 14.

The shooting occurred at approximately 11:45 p.m., after an unidentified 17-year-old Cottonwood man entered the unlocked front door of a travel trailer Harbeson and Rogers were renting on a property in the 4000 block of E. Airport Drive in Rimrock.

Anyone who grew up trick-or-treating in tightly-packed Midwestern or Eastern U.S. neighborhoods can get homesick for the experience living in the Verde Valley.The Beelers were a Disney family for Halloween last year. Rachelle Beeler went as the Little Mermaid, while kids Kenzie, left, was Snow White, and Carter was Iron Man.

There are options, however, to replace that feeling of walking up to a neighbor’s house and knocking on the door. For decades, local communities have stepped up their efforts to provide a safe, fun environment on Halloween, inviting families onto main thoroughfares to trick or treat.

One man is dead after a shooting Friday, Oct. 14, in Rimrock.Image courtesy Google Maps

The alleged shooter, a 17-year-old boy from Cottonwood, has been booked at the Prescott Juvenile Detention Center on charges including murder, armed robbery, burglary, aggravated assault and kidnapping.

The victim has been identified as 25-year-old Jarrod Rogers.

Two individuals have been arrested in connection to a homicide that occurred in Camp Verde, on Oct. 10.The suspects, 27-year-old Levi Jones, of the Phoenix area, and 28-year-old Jill Buckley, of Camp Verde, are in custody.

The suspects, 27-year-old Levi Jones, of the Phoenix area, and 28-year-old Jill Buckley, of Camp Verde, are in custody.

At 2:20 a.m., Oct. 10, the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office received a phone call about a physical altercation at the Circle K located at 24 Finnie Flat Road. According to CVMO, “a short time later” they received a second phone call of a shooting.

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