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Prescott Valley Kmart building gets new owner

Pruitt’s Fine Furniture looks to March opening, 20 new hires

Phoenix-based and family-owned Pruitt’s Fine Furniture is moving into the site of the former Prescott Valley Kmart, 7550 Highway 89.

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When Christmas gets weird

When it comes to Christmas, it’s understood that Santa Claus has his list of naughty and nice, but what about when Christmas gets weird?

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Dance to Yavapai College jazz groups

The Yavapai College jazz ensembles, the Roughriders and the Trailblazers, are putting on a different kind of concert next week called “Holiday Swing.”

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Celebrate the holidays with the Prescott Chorale

The Prescott Chorale is putting on its annual holiday concert with two performances that have two separate programs this weekend.

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Last-minute gifts at non-profit stocking-stuffer bazaar

Get some last-minute holiday gifts, or maybe some unique gifts to give in the coming year, at the 27th annual Last-Minute Non-Profit Stocking-Stuffer Bazaar this weekend.

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Enchanted Christmas is up and running

Enchanted Christmas Indoor Tour of Lights hasn’t disappeared, it simply relocated to Depot Marketplace in downtown Prescott at 377 N. Montezuma St, Suite 101 right behind the Chipotle and Starbucks.

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Prescott-owned well site could be rehabilitated

Work could begin early next year

A Prescott-owned well site could be rehabilitated starting early next year after the Chino Valley Planning & Zoning Commission fowarded a recommendation of approval for a conditional use permit allowing for the rehabilitation at its meeting Tuesday, Dec. 4.

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Chino Valley intends to declare special election early next year

Ballot would ask voters two questions

The Town of Chino Valley plans to declare a special election early next year, to be held in May, to ask residents two questions.

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Controversial rezoning request denied advancement

Commissioner: Proposal consistent with general plan but inadvisable

A controversial rezoning request was denied advancement to the Chino Valley Town Council after failing to gain enough votes from the Chino Valley Planning & Zoning Commission.

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Sharlot Hall Museum poised to begin construction for expansion soon

A larger space is needed, says executive director

The Sharlot Hall Museum is poised to begin work on an expansion two years in the making with January 2019 as a target date for the beginning of construction, said Museum Executive Director Fred Veil.

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Music brings community together at Acker Night

Prescott came together Friday night, Dec. 7, for a night of music and Christmas cheer with the 30th annual Acker Musical Showcase.

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Grant aids Chino Valley archery team, robotics club

It feels a lot better to be on the Chino Valley High School archery team this year compared to last year, team member Naomi Rice said.

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Stringer says he has no intention of resigning

Says statements have been ‘misreported’

State Rep. David Stringer said Thursday night, Dec. 6, he has no intention of resigning despite a controversy swirling around him.

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YMCA Youth Ballet presents ‘Nutcracker,’ Holly Jolly Christmas

The James Family Prescott YMCA is putting on its annual Holly Jolly Christmas dance recital followed by a rendition of scenes from “The Nutcracker,” with multiple chances to see it.

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Acker Night: 30 years of music and Christmas cheer

More than 600 performers are set to unite downtown Prescott in holiday cheer for the 30th annual Acker Musical Showcase on Friday, Dec. 7.

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‘A Christmas Carol’ as a musical

Don’t go “bah humbug,” the Yavapai College Performing Arts Department is putting on “A Christmas Carol – A New Musical,” with shows starting next week and going into the weekend.

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Go back to childhood with ‘A Christmas Story’

See a show that can immediately bring anybody back to their childhood, even though it’s in 1940, with Prescott Center for the Arts’ production of “A Christmas Story.”

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Gypsy Soul returns for Christmas show

Gypsy Soul, the duo Orange County Weekly called “one of the most brilliantly instrumented and vocally adept bands alive and kicking,” is returning to Prescott for a show full of Christmas music this weekend.

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Burning Desire to Feed the Hungry is Dec. 14-15

Food, donations go to Yavapai Food Bank

It all started with a passion to take care of the hungry, said Western News&Info Events & Marketing Director Lew Rees.

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Acker Night turns 30; Hundreds of performers set to perform

It all started in 1988 years ago with eight groups and eight businesses and on Friday, Dec. 7, 30 years later, the annual Acker Musical Showcase will feature about 145 groups and more than 600 people at about 140 businesses, said J.S. Acker Music Park Association President Scott Currey.

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Visit a Christmas village… in a garage

Gets people in the spirit of Christmas, architect says

Art Cederholm is the architect of an entire Christmas village that he and his wife, Darlene Cederholm, put in their garage.

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Council gets look at planned duplex project

Has yet to pass Planning and Zoning

The Chino Valley Town Council got its first look at a planned duplex project at its study session Tuesday, Nov. 27.

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Town, chamber unite for December to Remember

Santa to arrive via helicopter

The Town of Chino Valley and the Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce are joining forces for the inaugural A December to Remember at Memory Park event this weekend.

Community Choir reforms for Christmas concert

Meant to give the community a good time, pastor says

The Chino Valley United Methodist Church’s music team has come up with the idea for a pilot program of a Chino Valley Community Choir, according to Sandy Jones of the church.

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Courthouse lights up for holiday season

Parade delights crowd downtown

“Absolutely fabulous,” said Sarah Townsley.

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Christmas season continues with Christmas Parade, Courthouse Lighting

More than 80 parade entries and thousands of lights are set to continue the holiday season that kicked off last weekend.

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World Championship ICE Racing

World Championship ICE Racing is kicking off its “2019 Fire on ICE Evolution Tour” with a one-night-only stop at the Prescott Valley Event Center.

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Ten Tenors put twist on holiday music

Australian singing group, The Ten Tenors, are bringing their entertaining twist on holiday music to the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center this Sunday, Dec. 2.

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College’s ‘Messiah’ brings headline talent together

Homegrown artists and professionals are set to gather this weekend, lending their voices to take part in a Prescott tradition as Yavapai College Performing Arts Center presents George Frideric Handel’s “The Messiah.”

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Celebrate Christmas frontier style

More children’s crafts this year

Sharlot Hall Museum is unleashing the Spirit of Christmas Past, giving a glimpse into how Christmas looked during a simpler time Saturday, Dec. 1, with the museum’s annual Frontier Christmas Open House.

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Christmas Parade, Courthouse Lighting this weekend

Prescott historian Melissa Ruffner this year’s grand marshal

The holiday season continues, picking up where last weekend left off, with the 36th annual Prescott Chamber Christmas Parade and 64th annual Courthouse Lighting on Saturday, Dec. 1.

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Teaching painting in 3D

Chino Valley-based artist to give lessons in abstract 3D painting

When 72 people came through her studio during this year’s Prescott Area Artists Studio Tour, Chino Valley abstract artist Kellogg Patton said that while she didn’t sell anything, there were numerous requests for her to teach abstract art and how to paint in 3D.

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American Legion Auxiliary puts on craft show, bake sale

Good place for gift ideas, organizer says

The American Legion Auxiliary is putting on its annual Christmas Craft Show and Bake Sale, an event that organizer and Auxiliary Treasurer Anita DeMello said has been going on for a couple of decades.

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Search is on for new development services director

Needs to wear many hats, town manager says

The Town of Chino Valley is looking for a new development services director, according to Town Manager Cecilia Grittman

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Parade bathes downtown in holiday lights

'Short' but good, onlookers say; winners listed

Rolling down Cortez Street, lights all aglow, the 23rd annual Holiday Light Parade’s 36 entries illuminated downtown Prescott in holiday cheer.

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Ramblin’ Jack Elliott folk legend returns

Bob Dylan called him the “king of the folksingers,” Johnny Cash called him “my good buddy” — he’s Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and he’s returning for a concert this weekend.

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Light parade kicks off holiday season

Kick off the holiday season this weekend with a parade of lights followed by an after-parade party at Prescott Mile High Middle School’s athletic field.

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Enchanted Christmas in new location

The Enchanted Christmas Tour of Lights is in a new location this year: at the Depot Marketplace, where Manzanita Outfitters used to be.

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Irish Dancing Christmas returns to Elks

Award-winning Irish Dancers are returning to the Prescott Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center for two shows this weekend in “An Irish Christmas.”

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Chino Valley boys basketball operating on clean slate

Prep Boys Basketball

Looking back at the 2017-18 season, in which the Chino Valley boys basketball team went 6-12, it was OK, but it was his first year as head coach, Ravi Shetty said.

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Cougar girls’ basketball working on team chemistry

Prep Girls Basketball

Last year season was pretty rough, but work is ongoing to fix the problems for the upcoming 2018-19 season, said Chino Valley girls basketball head coach Catherine Metz.

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Council passes distracted driving ordinance

Goes into effect at the beginning of 2019

The Town of Chino Valley has joined Yavapai County and the City of Prescott in passing a distracted driving ordinance at its Tuesday, Nov. 13, meeting, according to a news release from Chino Valley Information Officer Matt Santos.

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A Thanksgiving to those who need it

All worth it to see relief on their faces, assistant director says

Every year, the Paulden Food Bank gives away Thanksgiving dinner boxes, and did so again Thursday, Nov. 15.

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The facts on service dogs

Only service animals are covered under ADA, says Yavapai College canine professor

A service dog is a lot more than a well-behaved animal; they have to be able to unflappably approach a number of situations, according to Andy Lloyd, instructor for the Canine Program at the Yavapai College’s Agribusiness & Science Technology Center.

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Photo: YCCA, State Farm, CAFMA team with 'Courier Cares' to give away smoke alarms

Prescott News Network's "Courier Cares" initiative, members of the Yavapai County Contractors Association, State Farm and Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority teamed up to give away smoke alarms on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at CAFMA Fire Station 50.

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The why behind little free libraries

Books constantly rotating at El Gato Azul location

When she moved into her home at 2050 Victoria Drive, Candace Lea said she found a Little Free Library on the road in front of the house.

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It's a Wonderful Life with One Stage Family Theatre

George Bailey will get three doses of what would happen to Bedford Falls had he never existed this weekend with One Stage Family Theatre’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” live radio play.

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Genre-busting Raul Midón comes to Prescott

Grammy nominated singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Raul Midón is performing at the Yavapai College Performing Art Center Friday, Nov. 16 as the second cabaret performer this season.

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Councilman Best talks 50th anniversary

Planning committee looking for people to get involved in preparing for events

The town is in the throes of planning for its 50th anniversary celebration, set to begin in the latter half of 2019, said Councilman Mike Best at a recent Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Business and Networking Luncheon.

Prescott Turkey Trot returns after year absence

After a year away, the annual Prescott Turkey Trot 8K and Two-Mile Fun Run returns for the event’s 10th year.