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One can’t help but notice the skyline is undergoing a major change adjacent to Cliff Castle Casino: The casino’s new hotel, a six-story structure, is the Verde Valley’s first of its size and scope.Cranes can be seen from miles around in Camp Verde, with their long arms piercing the sky. Situated next to Cliff Castle Casino, the construction equipment is responsible for helping to erect what will become the casino’s new hotel.

Tim Hnedak, senior vice president of marketing and business development for co-developer DreamCatcher Hotels, said that he expects to have the parking garage completed by the new year, allowing for increased capacity for events and guests. The hotel itself, he added, is scheduled to open spring of 2017.

Armed suspects robbed Camp Verde’s Maverik convenience store at 541 W. Finnie Flat Road, Friday, July 29, at approximately 12:02 a.m.A shot of the suspects who robbed the Camp Verde Maverik.

According to Camp Verde Marshal’s Office Cmdr. Jacquelyn MacConnell, “Three subjects entered the store with white shirts wrapped around their heads, two of whom had knives. After threatening the store clerk, the suspects made off with over $150.”

Three Camp Verde teenagers got the shock of a lifetime July 18.A human skull was recently recovered from the Verde River near Camp Verde’s Black Bridge. The skull was found by kids fishing, and has since been sent to a forensic lab.

That afternoon, while fishing the north side of Black Bridge, the three made a grisly discovery in the shallow water close to shore: A human skull.

“The kids saw the skull and did the appropriate thing — they didn’t handle it,” Camp Verde Marshal’s Office Cmdr. Jacquelyn MacConnell said.

For those who quilt, the activity is both a calmative and an addiction — and, now and then, an opportunity to showcase hard-won skills.Local quilter Peg Miller holds up a queen size quilt she made from reproduction 1930s material, covered in designs known as Dresden Plates. Miller will be entering the quilt into Camp Verde’s October quilt show. In addition, 43 donated quilts will be sold during the show, with proceeds going to the library, the senior center and Camp Verde Historical Society Museum.

Though the Fort Verde Days Quilt Show will not occur until Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8 and 9, organizers Peg Miller and Jackie Holmstrom are already putting out the call for entrants.

Acquiring the address of the one marijuana growing facility registered fully with the Town of Camp Verde is relatively simple, involving only one call to the Community Development department.A new marijuana grow facility has opened shop in Camp Verde. The building is located at 3755 Old Highway 279. Manager Craig Ingutti and owner Lee Olesen said the facility is up to code.The nondescript industrial building sits a ways back from the road at 3755 Old Highway 279.

The Camp Verde Unified School District superintendent created a difficult situation for himself when he recommended Camp Verde High School Principal Bob Weir for the position left vacant by the departure of Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education Superintendent Lisa Aragon.Dennis Goodwin is the superintendent of the Camp Verde Unified School System, and is leading the search for a new principal for Camp Verde High School. The former principal, Bob Weir, left to become the superintendent of the Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education.

Released from his contract with Camp Verde High School after 24 years, newly appointed Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education Superintendent Bob Weir said that he always intended to close out his career with VACTE.After 24 years with Camp Verde High School, most recently serving as principal, Bob Weir has been appointed superintendent of Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education.

“It’s been a goal of mine for a long time,” Weir said of heading VACTE, which allowed his own daughter to become a certified nursing assistant by the time she left high school.

Though he humbly refers to himself as “the guy who cuts the trees,” Robert Jennings Jr. has been an instrumental part of Fort Verde State Historic Park, acting as assistant manager — the go-to guy for anything the park or its visitors needed.Fort Verde Historic State Park Assistant Manager Robert Jennings Jr. left his position on June 30 to work elsewhere in the Arizona State Parks Department.

Thursday, June 30 marked his departure. As he stood with his fellow employees and volunteers at a surprise party thrown in his honor on the day in question, emotions were understandably high.

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