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Volunteers from the Clark Memorial Library Advisory Board are gearing up to serve ice cream, cakes, cupcakes, brownies, pie and more at the annual Ice Cream Social during the Clarkdale Old Fashioned 4th of July celebration in the Clarkdale Park. Clarkdale will host an ice cream social on July 4.

After 38 years working in the fire and rescue business, Verde Valley Fire District Assistant Chief Jerry Doeksen is stepping down and preparing to enjoy his retirement.Verde Valley Fire District Assistant Chief Jerry Doerksen will soon be retiring. After a long career with both the VVFD and Cottonwood FD, Doerksen looks forward to spending more time with his family and on his new boat, a gift from his wife.

Doerksen is planning on taking advantage of some saved up vacation time but his last day at work is effectively this week.

Friends of 18-year-old Ebin Lamont Proctor have been taking to the streets of Cottonwood carrying signs and protesting against what they say is police brutality.After days of protests by friends of 18-year-old Ebin Lamont Proctor, who was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy May 30, a counter demonstration of support for law enforcement officers was held June 18 at the corner of Main Street and State Route 260 in Cottonwood. The shooting is being investigated by the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

The public displays by Proctor's friends led to another group leading a counter-protest last week, coming out with signs in support of law enforcement.

A local firefighter was recognized with a medal of valor for his actions in preventing a runaway ambulance from going over the edge of an embankment with a patient still inside.Capt. Dustin Chambliss was recently awarded the Medal of Valor, the highest decoration for bravery, for a selfless, lifesaving act. Chambliss managed to stop a rolling ambulance, with a patient inside, from going over the edge of an embankment.

Capt. Dustin Chambliss works with the Verde Valley Fire District.

A Cottonwood teenager has recovered from being stung by bees more than 200 times.A Cottonwood teenager was stung more than 200 times by bees in an open field adjacent to the American Heritage Academy. Exterminators refused to remove the bees at the mother’s request, as she is not the owner of the land.

Judy Sanchez, who lives near 18th and Birch streets in Cottonwood, said her 17-year-old son, Zachariah, was riding his bike on a piece of nearby vacant land June 6.

The Yavapai County Water Advisory Committee used to work with the federal government to monitor groundwater in the Verde Valley.What looks like a bucket on the corner of the Cottonwood American Legion parking lot is actually an access point for groundwater. The pipe is used to monitor the levels of the local groundwater, which not only affects our drinking water supply, but also the level of the Verde River.

The committee was funded by communities throughout the county and the Verde Valley.

In a 4-3 vote, the Cotton-wood City Council last week approved paying a maximum of just over $10.1 million to complete the construction of a wastewater reclamation plant near Riverfront Park.The city of Cottonwood’s current wastewater treatment facility is on Mingus Avenue, run by Superintendant Deborah Breitkreutz, holding up a sample of wastewater as it arrives at the facility. A new facility will be constructed in Riverfront Park to avoid pumping wastewater uphill.

The Riverfront Water Reclamation Facility has been in the works for several years.

More information has been released by the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office about a May 30 shooting which left one man dead.Gregor Hernandez, left, and Francis “Frankie” Schrambling hold up signs with their friends at the corner of Main Street and State Route 260 protesting the shooting of their friend Ebin “Kumar” Lamont Proctor by Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputy Steven Gorman. The signs are emblazoned with #JusticeforKumar, and the group has been protesting through the weekend.

Ebin Proctor, 18, was shot by a deputy after reportedly getting into a foot chase and scuffle with the officer, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

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