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The all clear was given this morning shortly after a strong smell from a burnt out roof motor on top of Sedona Red Rock High School caused the main office and one other building to evacuate on Friday, Oct. 28.

The evacuation was made as a precaution and no fire was located, according to the school. Classes and normal activity has resumed.

By Zachary Mack

Third Annual Spooky Fiction Contest Winner

“Don’t forget, a minimum of one hour volunteering at Shady Hill Retirement Community before the end of the month, ladies!”

I was overwhelmed with these requirements. Volunteering was necessary to boost my chances for university. I signed up for five o’clock, the 30th of October. I set a reminder on my phone before heading home to catch up on my AP science.

By Patricia Watson

Third Annual Spooky Fiction Contest Second Place Winner

It was a dark and stormy Halloween night .... Well not really. This is Arizona; it was actually a balmy late afternoon, but it was Halloween, and I was on my way to Paul’s house for a Halloween party.

Yavapai College District Governing Board member Al Filardo has announced his resignation, effective Thursday, Dec. 1, ending his tenure on the board two years before the expiration of his term.

Filardo announced his resignation at the YCDGB meeting Oct. 11, referencing the board’s 3-2 vote in favor of suspending the Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee as the reason for his departure. Filardo was a charter member of the committee, having been instrumental in its creation.

According to Filardo, the VVBAC had represented the post-secondary education concerns of the Verde Valley region ably for a year and a half, only to be effectively disbanded without a discussion of whether or not the committee had fulfilled its mission.

Do an Internet search under “creepy clowns” and you may be surprised with what you find.

There is everything from numerous articles of reported sightings and incidents involving creepy clowns from across the country. There are also articles about how Target has pulled its creepy clown Halloween masks from its shelves. And there’s a story about the Clown Lives Matter march in Tucson being canceled last weekend after the organizer received numerous deaths threats over the event.

Malnutrition and hunger are global problems that may seem overwhelming, but every effort makes a difference to someone.

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.

Sedona residents rarely hold back when it comes to expressing their displeasure with traffic, especially during the busier times of the year. But now they will be able to let their voices be heard in a slightly different way.

As part of the yearlong, $250,000 transportation master plan conducted by Phoenix-based Kimley-Horn, an online survey will allow residents to have a say in the planning process.

It’s estimated that nearly 3,000 people come out each year for Safe and Fun Trick-or-Treat, the Sedona Main Street Program’s annual Halloween event.

With warmer-than-normal temperatures forecasted for that day, even most ghosts and goblins may turn out.

When the Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks put this year’s Oktoberfest event on its calendar nearly six months ago, little did members know what the weather was going to be like.

Boy were they surprised.

“If it’s that nice moving forward, this event will always be a success,” Rotarian and biermeister Rick Wesselhoff said. “We could not have asked for better weather.”

For nearly two months, every street she walks down, every store she goes into and every phone call she receives, Lydia Murphy hopes that each may lead her one step closer to finding her daughter.

On Aug. 17, 17-year-old Melody Murphy of Cottonwood walked away from a facility in Flagstaff where she was being treated for mental health issues following an attempted suicide.

“My biggest concern is her safety and mental state,” Lydia said. “I’m worried about her becoming suicidal over this crisis that she is facing. I’m also concerned about any possibility of endangerment to her.

The world’s top performance poets will compete across four days next week at four Flagstaff venues for the 13th annual Individual World Poetry Slam.

The competitors include 21-year-old Sedona resident Claire Pearson and five other poets well-known to Sedona poetry audiences.

Like most children of World War II veterans, Bjorn Krondorfer knew little of his father’s time in the war. And maybe even less since his father was a soldier in the German army.

In fact, he never knew the full story of his father’s past until he was 36.

Krondorfer, an author and professor at Northern Arizona University, was the guest speaker as part of visiting scholar series sponsored by AZ Humanities. He spoke before about 50 people on Sept. 28, at the Church of the Red Rocks.

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