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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.

At approximately 2:20 a.m. on 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, Camp Verde. A short time later, Camp Verde Marshal’s Office received a phone call of a shooting.Camp Verde Marshal's Office

This past year marked a milestone for Camp Verde Middle School: It became one of 11 Capturing Kids’ Hearts Showcase Schools for the 2015-16 school year, beating out 7,500 other U.S. schools.Flip Flippen, founder of the Flippen Group, visited Camp Verde Middle School recently. The Flippen Group started the Capturing Kids’ Hearts model of education, for which CVMS became a Showcase School.

To celebrate the accomplishment, on Oct. 4 representatives of the Flippen Group, a professional development organization, walked the CVMS campus to see how its flagship educational program, Capturing Kids’ Hearts, had been put to use. Flippen Group Founder Flip Flippen attended, touring alongside Flippen videographer Sean Murphy, Arizona Flippen representative Chris Layton and CVMS Principal Danny Howe.

Not too long ago, if you saw someone searching around a park with a compass or a cell phone, it was more likely you’d stumbled upon a geocaching enthusiast rather than someone who’d downloaded the world’s most downloaded app to hunt make-believe creatures.PokÉmon are caught in Pokémon Go by roaming the area to find the creatures. Before Pokémon Go was around, geocaching was done in much the same way by the town.

To steal Camp Verde Community Library Specialist Carlson Ralston’s words, “Before Pokémon Go, there was geocaching.”

Those lamenting the long wait for Camp Verde to create its sports complex park located off Arizona State Route 260 behind the Prescott National Forest Verde Ranger station have a consolation prize to tide them over.Parks and Recreation Division Manager Michael Marshall announced that his  department would be taking suggestions for a name for the park located off Arizona State Route 260 behind the Prescott National Forest Verde Ranger station.

In September, Parks and Recreation Division Manager Michael Marshall announced that his department would be taking suggestions for a name for the park. Since 2008, when the town purchased 114 acres of land from the U.S. Forest Service for a new sports facility [construction of which was abruptly stopped when the economic recession hit], the halted project has been referred to as Community Park.

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