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Law enforcement is only recently getting better about how it responds to domestic violence, according to two police officers from the other side of Mingus Mountain.Matforce held a workshop last week about the signs of and prevention of domestic violence. MATForce Executive Director Marilee Fowler, right, opened the meeting, with Verde Valley Fire District firefighter Ivan Anderson also present.

Prescott Police Chief Jerald Monahan and Prescott Valley Police Detective James Tobin met last week with MATForce, a regional organization that focuses on combating substance abuse.

There are some people who have a talent for writing.A new writers’ group has formed in Beaver Creek, meeting at the Beaver Creek Public Library. Zoe McClary, one of the members, brought a hand-written manuscript to the first meeting. Her short story is about the first time a child meets an animal.

They just might not have a talent for getting motivated to write.

If it comes down to it, the Town of Camp Verde has the right to demolish structures that are deemed unsafe for habitation.Camp Verde is poised to tear down this mobile home for a number of violations. Surrounded by caution tape, the house at 3305 Ripple Road has been deemed fit for demolition, although the owner has been given additional time to bring it up to code.

While the town's elected leaders have been entrusted with that kind of decision, they aren't eager to just destroy private property without giving the owner a chance to come into compliance with town rules.

Homecoming was Friday, Sept. 18 for Camp Verde High School, whose football team played and won against Piñon High School. At halftime, the Homecoming king and queen were crowned. This year Lucy Showers is queen, and Joel Beauty is king.

This year Lucy Showers is queen, and Joel Beauty is king.

Find more photos of Camp Verde High School's Homecoming celebration in the Wednesday, Sept. 23, edition of The Camp Verde Journal.

Arizona law requires that Camp Verde come up with a new general plan every 10 years.B.J. Davis is the chairman of Camp Verde’s Planning and Zoning Commission. Davis informed Town Council where they stood in the General Plan process at a Town Hall meeting last week, pointing out each character area on a map, and noting the General Plan will define what is or is not appropriate for land use in each area.

The plan guides the direction the town would like to move in over the next decade.

The Town of Camp Verde last week released a report about what kept its town departments busy last month.Sutler’s Steakhouse is now open. The steakhouse, which sat vacant for some time, is owned by David and Demise Moraga, and was named after the sutler’s store that used to provide supplies for the soldiers at Fort Verde and residents in the surrounding area.

Several projects in the pipeline required the attention of the building department.

Tammy Strategier made it back home.Tammy Strategier has lived in both Phoenix and Prescott, but now lives in Camp Verde, where she is from, coming back to be closer to family. Strategier works at the Verde Brewing Company in the old Boler’s Bar building on Main Street, a historic landmark from the 1930s.

"I dug my way out of hell," Strategier laughed, talking about her seven years in Phoenix.

The Camp Verde Library is one of only six libraries across the United States that will be exhibiting a display from NASA.The Camp Verde Community Library is one of only six libraries in the country that will be getting a space exhibit called Discover NASA: From Our Town to Outer Space, which will be funded by NASA itself. Youth Services Librarian Dianna Manasse, pictured, will travel with Library Director Kathy Hellman in November to receive special training about hosting the exhibit.

Discover NASA: From Our Town to Outer Space will be traveling between the selected libraries between January 2016 and October 2017.

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