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Bill LeBeau is relatively new to the community.Bill LeBeau and his wife, Erin, moved to Camp Verde from western New York after vacationing in the area. A retired police officer and U.S. Army veteran, LeBeau is a musician who plays the bass and drums, and helps to keep the church’s sound systems up and running.

"We've been here about a year and 10 days," LeBeau said on a Thursday morning last week.

The Camp Verde Marshal’s Office has started issuing detailed summaries of calls answered during different shifts.

A record of calls answered in June was released this month as part of a regular packet of data covering the activities of most departments in the Town of Camp Verde.The Camp Verde Marshal’s Office has started issuing detailed summaries of calls answered during different shifts. While still crimes, things like littering and graffiti, like under the Black Bridge, rarely are caught in the act.

The marshal's office for years has been releasing summaries of the types of calls answered but has recently started issuing these more detailed reports to the media and public.

A local church is stepping up to provide book bags for students just before the school year starts up again.The Camp Verde Community Church is spearheading a drive for backpacks loaded with school supplies for students in the area. The bags are selected and filled with  age- and grade-appropriate materials, based on the request forms. Last year the church gave out more than 100 book bags.

It's not just a book bag, though. Each back is stuffed with school supplies, pencils, notebooks and almost anything else a student could use.

In an effort to continue improving how things look around town, the Camp Verde Town Council this month started considering potential beautification awards or recognition programs.At the corner of Finnie Flat Road and State Route 260 sits a replica Mountain Howitzer, marking the entrance to the Town of Camp Verde. The Town Council has proposed a town beautification to make the community more appealing, and that could include solar powered lights for the canon, making it visible night and day.

The idea was floated by Vice Mayor Bruce George.

The recall election for the Camp Verde Town Council has been set for Tuesday, Nov. 3.Steve Goetting, a Camp Verde  business owner, will run to replace Vice Mayor Bruce George. The petition to recall four members of Camp Verde’s Town Council failed. Not enough signatures were collected to remove the mayor and, due to invalid signatures, two other council members are not on the ballot, leaving only George’s position to be recalled.

It's only a recall against Vice Mayor Bruce George.

A deal to bring a new car dealership to one of the empty buildings and lots on the edge of Camp Verde town limits closest to Cottonwood is in place.The dealerships on State Route 260 are under new ownership. As the parking lot was being resurfaced, banners emblazoned with Jones Ford flew over the front of the building, covering the former owner’s name.

"It's all ready to go," Mayor Charlie German said.

Jerry Ryckman always wanted to fly.Jerry Ryckman flew in the U.S. Air Force, later going on to fly for Horizon Air and eventually teaching pilots how to fly. Originally from Prescott, Ryckman and his wife Margaret made the move to the Lake Montezuma area in 2008, where he spends free time hunting, fishing and enjoying the outdoors.

"Pretty much since I was 5 years old," he said.

That dream came true.

One of the latest projects of the Yavapai-Apache Nation, a convenience store at the intersection of Cherry Road and State Route 260, is set to open this weekend.The Yavapai-Apache Nation will be holding its new convenience store’s opening on July 18 at 10 a.m. The store is located at the corner of State Route 260 and Cherry Creek Road.

The new store is built but still fenced off, awaiting its grand opening.

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