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The Town of Camp Verde will hold a meet-and-greet with the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office’s new commander, Jacqui MacConnell, on Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Marshal’s Office, located at 646 South 1st Street. Light refreshments will be served.Camp Verde Marshal's Office

As reported in the last edition of The Camp Verde Journal — and as many community members are no doubt aware — Chandler Plante’s dedication to his community is without comparison.Chandler Plante, 10, is a fifth-grader at Camp Verde Middle School who, with the help of his mother, organized a banner contest for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Each banner had a different goal, like collecting food for the needy or picking up litter around Camp Verde.

Only in fifth grade at Camp Verde Elementary School, Plante is the founder of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration — an event that recently celebrated its fifth anniversary, pulling together community members in one of the area’s largest such celebrations.

The Camp Verde Community Center Gym was packed with residents gathered in support of the ideals proposed by our nation’s greatest civil rights leader on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 18.Black belt students from KC’s Family Tae Kwon Do perform during Camp Verde’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. Karen Conover helps organize and host the event, which is in its fifth year.

Karen Conover, owner of KC’s Family Tae Kwon Do in Cottonwood, stood front and center in her dobok uniform, acting as the event’s host.

The Verde Valley will say hello to its first six-story hotel in December.From left, Cottonwood Mayor Diane Joens, Camp Verde Mayor Charlie German, Sedona Mayor Sandy Moriarty, and Yavapai-Apache Chairman Thomas Beauty stand together at the groundbreaking ceremony for Cliff Castle Casino’s new hotel. The new structure benefits Sedona and Cottonwood in addition to Camp Verde by bringing new jobs to the area and encouraging tourists to visit.

In the words of its organizers at Cliff Castle Casino, “It will offer luxury accommodations without the expensive Sedona price tag,” while allowing guests access to the natural and historical assets of the Verde Valley and red rock country.

Camp Verde’s former town clerk is alleging she was forced to resign due to harassment, intimidation and retaliation by top officials of the town Deborah Barber filed a lawsuit Christmas Eve against the Town of Camp Verde, Mayor Charlie German, Town Manager Russ Martin and Marshal Nancy  Gardner.Camp Verde Marshal's Office

According to Fort Verde State Historic Park Manager Sheila Stubler, the history of the fort is in part a history of Arizona — a lens through which people can view the territory and state’s first decades.Gregory “Poet” Carter explained that in addition to their regular uniforms, the Buffalo Soldiers, on occasions like weddings and funerals, would wear dress uniforms. The Buffalo Soldier event takes place on Saturday, Feb. 13.

“Through the preservation of Fort Verde, we’re able to tell the story of the early pioneers, the military, the miners and the Indian Scouts,” Stubler said. “Once you dive into history there’s no turning back, as everything seems to connect one way or another and link together.”

Less than two years ago, Camp Verde’s Chase Bank was targeted for robbery. On Thursday, Jan. 14, an opportunistic individual once again set his sights on the branch.Bank robbery 2

Camp Verde Town Manager Russ Martin and Economic Development Director Steve Ayers agree about a perception some — but not all, or even most — locals hold: Camp Verde is not friendly to growth.Economic Development Director Steve Ayers, left, and Town Manager Russ Martin are hopeful for Camp Verde’s economic future. With the new Verde Valley Medical Center clinic, infrastructure has been put into place that will attract new businesses to the area.

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