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Something fishy is going on
After spending a long day serving his 477 Clarkdale-Jerome School District students, Superintendent/Principal Scott Jacobson returns home to care for hundreds of tropical fish in his 60 aquariums.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

What's Happening Feb. 3, 2016
The Verde Valley Military Service Park Committee, a 501 (c) (3) organization, has scheduled Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers to perform in concert at Mingus Union High School on April 30, as a fund-raiser to support the construction of the Service Park. All proceeds will go to the construction.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Stitches for Syria
Ann Tedrick and Lorrie Peterson of Sedona, and Susan Grace of Clarkdale, met Friday, Jan. 29, at a home in Clarkdale to pack up handmade items to for Syrian refugees arriving in Canada.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

I hope you dance
A few months ago, my husband faced a decision about whether or not to go to Japan (a country he loves) for three months.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

What's Happening: Jan. 29, 2016
Platinum-selling artist Suzy Bogguss is coming to perform in Cottonwood at the Old Town Center for the Arts Thursday, March 31 along with her critically acclaimed trio.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Top 10 reasons to get flu shot
Flu season is upon us and if you don't have your flu shot yet, it's never too late until you actually get the flu. 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

135-year-old penny shows up in cash register of Old Town business
COTTONWOOD -- For five years, Mike Kilpatrick, who along with wife Dawn Waltman co-owns Verde Valley Olive Oil Traders, has routinely been scooping pennies out of cash registers at his Jerome, Flagstaff and Old Town Cottonwood stores.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Helfrich named 'Big Brother of the month'
Five years ago, Jerry Helfrich became a Big Brother.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

What's Happening: Jan. 15
This January, the Verde Valley Voices hope to welcome all new and returning singers to their choir.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

What's Happening: Jan. 13, 2016
This January, the Verde Valley Voices hope to welcome all new and returning singers to their choir.

Rehearsals for the Spring Concert begin Jan. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Cottonwood, and are open to all who would like to join. The Voices are a non-audition choir.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

What's Happening: Jan. 10, 2016
The Verde Valley Equine Festival 2016 is designed to showcase and promote everything for the Arizona horse lover and owner, and will return to the Verde Valley Fair Arena in Cottonwood.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

What's happening: Jan. 8, 2016
Art of travel photography

Jan. 25

Nationally-renowned Sedona photographer Scott Stulberg, will speak on the "Art of Travel Photography" at the Monday, Jan. 25 meeting of the Sedona Camera Club.

Workshop begins at 6 p.m., club meeting and competition awards 7:15 p.m., second presentation 7:30 p.m.

There is no cost to attend.

Sedona Camera Club activities include monthly meetings, photo trips, photo exhibits and monthly competitions.

Visit the club website at to obtain more information about the club.

The Sedona Camera Club meets at the United Methodist Church, located at 110 Indian Cliffs Road in Sedona.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Helping others stay warm this winter
This past December, the Yavapai County Community Health Services (YCCHS) staff, with support from the Medical Reserve Corps volunteers, gathered several boxes of winter jackets and scarves for those residents of Yavapai County in need.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016

What's Happening: Jan. 3, 2016
Verde Valley Voices spring rehearsals in January

Beginning Jan. 5

This January, the Verde Valley Voices hope to welcome all new and returning singers to their choir.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

CASA kid case of the month
A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer is needed for 10-year-old Katie.
Saturday, January 2, 2016

What's Happening: Jan. 1, 2016
Registration open for Grasshopper Basketball

Through Jan. 8

Camp Verde Parks and Recreation reminds everyone that registration is open our popular youth Grasshopper Basketball Program. Sign up as an early Christmas present and avoid the January rush. This program for boys and girls in 5th thru 8th grade is a fun way to learn basketball and teamwork.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

What's Happening: 12-30-15
Fort Verde State Park holiday schedule of events

Through Jan. 3

Through Jan. 3, Fort Verde State Historic Park will be adorned with Victorian decorations for the Christmas holiday.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

What's Happening: Dec. 27, 2015
New Year's Eve dinner and dance

Dec. 31

From 6 p.m. until midnight, the annual 2016 New Year's Eve dinner and dance at Sedona Elks Lodge 2291.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

What's Happening: Dec. 15, 2015
This is an opportunity to get involved with a great group of people, get to know some wonderful horses and help a worth-while cause. Connections Equine Therapy needs volunteers for horse care and to assist clients in the Therapeutic Riding Program.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Verde Independent & Bugle Candy Cane Cash Contest Rules
Official rules for the Verde Independent & Bugle Candy Cane Cash contest 2015.
Monday, December 14, 2015

What's Happening: Dec. 12, 2015
Mount Hope Foods in Cottonwood will present its Circle of Friends holiday concert at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20 at the Mingus Union High School auditorium, located at 1801 E. Fir St. in Cottonwood.
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Out of Africa handlers romp with beautiful yet dangerous creatures
Ask Jeff Harwell of Out of Africa Wildlife Park if he ever feels fear while working and he'll answer, "All the time."

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Arizona Yavapai Rangers rifle up 'good, clean, family fun' (with video)
VERDE VALLEY - To Arizona Ric, "there's nothing else but hot rods, airplanes, girls and guns."

The Arizona Yavapai Rangers is an organization that requires members to dress up in western attire as it shoot guns from the pre-1900s era.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Cottonwood students enter robotics competition (with video)
COTTONWOOD - While some kids at school are dunking basketballs into hoops, other kids are dunking parts into bins using robots that they programmed themselves.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

What's Happening, 12-4-15.
From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Dec. 5, the Camp Verde Senior Center, located at 263 Maryvale Drive, will host an open house to the public.

The Thrift Store and Christmas room will also be open for business. Seniors, as well as all citizens of the Camp Verde area are welcome to come see all the improvements made this year. And come meet senior center members, volunteers and staff. Camp

Verde Senior Center considers a senior citizen 55+, but anyone can come to visit the Senior Center.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

What's Happening, 12-2-15.
The Polar Express has become a favorite Christmas tradition for more than 5 million readers.

Join the Jerome Chamber of Commerce as they host a cozy holiday party where kids can participate in lots of fun activities, including writing a letter to Santa, making an ornament, hot chocolate, a great cookie and a reading of the classic children's story.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

What's Happening: Nov. 29, 2015
The Nutcracker comes to Camp Verde

Dec. 12-13

The story of The Nutcracker Ballet begins with a Christmas party, a special gift of a nutcracker, and a magical dream by a girl named Clara.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

What's Happening, 11-27-15.
This year, merchants, residents and building owners of Jerome are encouraged to Light up the Mountain with the theme of Peace and Love. There will be a lighting contest, decided by mystery judges. The first, second and third place cash winners will be announced at the Annual Town dinner for Jerome residents on Dec. 12 at Spook Hall.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

What's Happening, 11-25-15.
At the Camp Verde Senior Center, located at 263 Maryvale Drive, the Christmas room will be open for business on Monday Nov, 22, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Diners' guide to Thanksgiving in Verde Valley
The Verde Valley has more than its share of options for folks who love a big, holiday meal and are not able to prepare it for themselves.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

What's Happening, 11-19-15.
Connections Equine Therapy is a non-profit organization located in Cornville, offering therapeutic riding and other services designed to improve the health and well-being of individuals with disabilities. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Child of the Month
Aidyn is an intelligent and active 10 year old. He has been waiting for a Big for over 6 months. He lives with his grandparents and he is an only child.
Thursday, November 19, 2015

What's Happening, 11-18-15.
This year, merchants, residents and building owners of Jerome are encouraged to Light up the Mountain with the theme of Peace and Love.

There will be a lighting contest, decided by mystery judges. The first, second and third place cash winners will be announced at the Annual Town dinner for Jerome residents on Dec. 12 at Spook Hall.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

VERDE VALLEY- Having an idea of what you want to be when you grow up gives you a goal to strive toward.

Sometimes throughout childhood these goals change, you decide to go down a different career path. But either way, having a dream to be something is important. Though each child may have a different goal, the students in the Verde Valley want to be successful.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

BEST-LAID PLANS: Valley professionals look back at their childhood dreams
VERDE VALLEY - There's a world full of people who dream of becoming movie stars, rock stars, athletes, firefighters or police officers.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

What's Happening, 11-15-15.
Auditions for Verde Valley Idol (formerly Cottonwood Idol) are from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov 18 and from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Nov 21.
Saturday, November 14, 2015

A Mission of Love
Verde Valley Christian School took a mission team to Belize with the purpose of bringing library books, Bibles, laptops, and dictionaries.
Thursday, November 12, 2015

Myth of certainty like building a house on sand
Recently I had a conversation with a friend about "Today I Choose You," the column I wrote last month. The interaction prompted me to examine the topic of certainty, and I recalled a book I had read many years ago entitled The Myth of Certainty.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Christopher T. Prats, U.S. Army
In February, 1961, Christopher T. Prats joined the U.S. Army, and left Southern California looking for adventure.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

2015 Veterans Day Special Edition
We are proud to honor these local veterans and share their stories in our 2015 Veterans Day Special Section.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

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