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Clarkdale artist Larry Meagher said that having his recent work showcased at Yavapai College’s Verde Valley Campus is like returning home.Clarkdale artist Larry Meagher has new work showcased at Yavapai College. Meagher previously took classes at the college in the late 1990s.

“It’s kind of full circle here. I started taking ceramics classes with Tom Schumacher in 1997 or 1998.” The 67-year-old Meagher gestured around the art gallery located in campus building F, which used to house the ceramics classroom. “Now it’s 20 years later, in the same building, only this time with a body of work I’m really proud of.”

Attendees can expect a packed crowd at the third annual Clarktoberfest, Saturday, Oct. 1, from 2 to 9 p.m.File photo/Larson Newspapers

“Our first year, we had about 1,500 people come to the first Clarktoberfest, last year about 2,000, and we look forward to having even more this year — 2,500 — as we become an established event in the Verde Valley,” said event organizer Robyn Prud’homme-Bauer of Made in Clarkdale. “This year, we will have more activities for kids. All the wine-tasting businesses located in Clarkdale will at Clarktoberfest, and all of our restaurants, cafes and sandwich shops will be there, too.”

When the whole ballot is right out, there’s always the write-in.Jerome Town Hall

Jerome Town Council filled out all its seats in the Aug. 30 primary election thanks to write-in candidate Jay Kinsella. There were only four names on the ballot for five spots on council.
Not only did Kinsella defeat his only other write-in rival, who garnered 28 votes, he received more votes than all but one named candidate. Frank Vander Horst took 110 votes to Kinsella 105. The next highest was Hunter Bachrach, at 103.

The Yavapai College District Governing Board at its annual retreat Sept. 12, voted 3-2 to suspend the Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee. The Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee President Paul Chevalier, right, and Vice President Bill Regner addressed the Yavapai College District Governing Board on Sept. 13. The YCDGB voted to suspend the Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee with a 3-2 vote.

As of Friday, Sept. 30, the VVBAC — which has been tasked for the past two years with gathering data on the post-secondary needs of the Verde Valley region and reporting it to the Governing Board — will cease its efforts.

The upcoming 28th annual Verde River Day seeks to highlight both the fragility of the river and increase its popularity as a travel destination for locals and visitors.File photo/Larson Newspapers

“This annual celebration is a tradition in Cottonwood, celebrating the extended community’s ties to an amazing resource — one of the last perennially flowing rivers in our desert state,” Verde River Valley Nature Organization Executive Director Wendy Harford stated.

The 16th annual Thunder Valley Rally is set to rev up Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16 and 17, with headlining acts Molly Hatchet and Foghat — two instantly recognizable bands with substantial followings in the biker community.Thunder Valley Rally will run Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16 and 17.

Molly Hatchet has boasted headlining spots at New Mexico’s Fire and Ice Rally and South Dakota’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Their identification with motorcycle culture is not a surprise. Just take a look at a line from the band’s 1979 hit, “Flirtin’ With Disaster”: “Speeding down the fast lane, honey, we’re playin’ from town to town. The boys and I been burning it up can’t seem to slow it down.”

Cottonwood residents can expect “slow but steady progress” on numerous restaurant and housing projects, according to city of Cottonwood Community Development Manager Berrin Nejad.The proposed design for Black Bear Diner features a remodeled exterior for the former Sizzler Steakhouse building. According to Black Bear Diner, the restaurant is expected to open in February.

“There’s more stable growth coming,” Nejad said, adding that the most talked-about project, Brookfield Homes’ 89 & Vine project, is still in the discussion phase where infrastructure details are hammered out.

Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters Verde Valley will welcome its new director, Susan Turner, come Monday, Oct. 3.Susan Turner takes over as director of Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters Verde Valley on Oct. 3. Turner brings over two decades of experience in the nonprofit world, as well as experience being a Big to a Little with the BBBS organization, to the job.

An experienced fundraiser and community outreach advocate who has worked in the nonprofit sector for over two decades, Turner will arrive in the Verde Valley — where she and her husband own a condo — following a six-year stint as director of Community Education and Development for Hospice of Lenawee in Adrian, Mich. Prior to that, she was the executive director for Communities In Schools of the Tecumseh Area, in Tecumseh, Mich., for 11 years.

“Through my position at CISTA, I became familiar with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization,” Turner stated. “CISTA’s focus was to reposition resources into the schools to address the needs of the students. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lenawee County, which was just getting started, had a program called ‘Lunch Buddy.’

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