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As an attempted burglary in Cornville’s Verde Santa Fe subdivision last month suggests, having the firepower to back up your words may prevent tragedy.Verde Sante Fe

On Saturday, Sept. 17, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on the 5600 block of E. Whisper Ridge in Cornville. The homeowner, in his 80s, had been awakened by the sound of someone rummaging through his cabinet drawers. The homeowner grabbed his handgun, confronted a male suspect and ordered the man to lie on the floor. When the homeowner left the room to retrieve his phone, the suspect escaped out the front door.

Malnutrition and hunger are global problems that may seem overwhelming, but every effort makes a difference to someone.Volunteers pack nutritious meals during last year’s Kids Against Hunger meal-packing event. This year, organizers hope to pack 300,000 meals for distribution locally and to Haiti. Over half the meals stay in Yavapai County.

This year, it’s easier than ever to make a difference. Kids Against Hunger, a community meal-packing event, takes place Saturday, Oct. 22, at Verde Valley Fairgrounds, with packing sessions from 8 to 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Since 1911, the Eagle Scout has been the highest rank attainable within the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America organization — one that estimates suggest a mere 4 percent of scouts achieve.Dallin Gordon and Paul Grasso stand before a recently completed gaga pit at Clarkdale-Jerome School. Gordon worked on the project for his Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout rank, and Grasso mentored him.

Clarkdale’s Dallin Gordon, a 15-year-old sophomore at Mingus Union High School, is about to enter that select group of scouts.

Rachel Hernandez and her son, Jaime Valenzuela, are set to become the inhabitants of Verde Valley Habitat for Humanity’s 13th home build.Verde Valley Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Tania Simms, Rachel Hernandez and Jaime Valenzuela stand before Verde Valley Habitat for Humanity's storefront. Hernandez and Valenzuela will soon see construction begin on their two-bedroom home in Cottonwood.

“They’re helping you to get a stable home,” Henrnadez said, outlining the painstaking and timely process to acquire a mortgage and two-bedroom home construction approval through Habitat for Humanity. “I feel very privileged and blessed ..... It’s going to change our lives.”

Construction is expected to begin in Cottonwood in the next month.

We no longer live in a society where we know everyone on our street, but men like Ed Martinez make you wish we still did.Ed Martinez goes through photos from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, showing oil slicked across the water surface, as well as the boats used in the cleanup. Martinez now resides in Cottonwood.

Martinez doesn’t know the meaning of boring, and an hour can easily be burned listening to him talk about the exploits of a life thoroughly experienced. A Vietnam Marine Corps veteran, a former gang member, a bounty hunter, a Master 200 Ton Captain in the United States Merchant Marines — Martinez is all of these things and more, including having a role in the ongoing Deepwater Horizon tragedy.

Attendees can expect an expansion of programming at the second annual Cottonwood Comic Book Show on Saturday, Oct. 29, in Cottonwood’s Cornerstone Church.Dave Beaty is a local comic book artist and event organizer of the second annual Cottonwood Comic Book Show on Saturday, Oct. 29, in Cottonwood’s Cornerstone Church. Pictured are his pencils of Iron Man.

“The show has doubled in size from the first year,” local comic book artist and event organizer Dave Beaty said, adding that there will be three guests of honor and approximately 20 vendors at the event. “There’s a more diverse group of writers and artists to interact with compared to last year — all the stuff people loved from last year, just more of it.”

According to Yavapai College Marketing and Communications Specialist Michael Grady, the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center 2016-17 season marks significant growth in Verde Valley programming.

“These offerings are an expansion of our normal season, which is centered at the Performing Arts Center on the Prescott campus,” Grafdy stated. “We just want to share some of the terrific artistry that will be coming through Northern Arizona this year.

The International City/County Management Association has recognized the town of Clarkdale as one among 10 local governments for its “outstanding programmatic contributions to local government,” according to ICMA Awards Program Manager Felicia Littky.Members of Clarkdale’s municipal government hold a placard showing the Centennial Plaza plan. The plaza recently won the Program Excellence Award in the Community Sustainability category from the International City/County Management Association.

“The town of Clarkdale received a Program Excellence Award in the Community Sustainability category for the demonstration of water sustainability in their Centennial Plaza project,” Littky stated. “The award recognizes innovative local government programs or processes that creatively balance a community’s social, economic, environmental and cultural needs.”

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