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Rain plays it coy

Each afternoon, Rim Country residents eagerly watch the clouds build, then sigh in disappointment as they dissipate with little rain.

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County’s $92 million budget drops 3 percent

Property values rise; tax rate unchanged

Gila County’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year will drop by $2.5 million — nearly 3 percent.

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Kindergarten teachers plead for smaller classes

Class sizes may exceed 30 without another teacher

Flanked by all but one of the Payson Elementary School kindergarten teachers, Jane Pond and Sylvia Sandoval on July 27 begged the Payson Unified School District board to add another kindergarten teacher to the staff.

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County Supervisor Martin wins national appointment

Gila County District 1 Supervisor Tommie Martin is among those recently appointed to the National Association of Counties (NACo) steering committee leadership roles.

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Contract awarded for new stairs, landings at courthouse

Gila County has awarded Koo Design Build the contract to design and build new stairs and landings for the county courthouse in Payson.

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Business News & Notes

Rim Country Motor Sports in Star Valley will celebrate its grand opening from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1 at its new location, 4208 E. Highway 260.

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Veterans services coming to Payson

A Mobile Vet Center will be in Payson from noon to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 5 and from 8 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Aug. 6 at Rim Country Health, 807 W. Longhorn Road.

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Inmate gets 8.5 years for attacking officer

A Gila County jail inmate who attacked a detention officer in an attempt to escape instead ended up with 8.5 years added to his sentence.

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Hellsgate struggles as cost of station doubles

Fire district needs $400,000 more

It was dubbed a simple project that would cost $375,000 and take a year to build. After burning through much of that money, the Hellsgate Fire District is the proud owner of a concrete slab.

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Lost man rescued on Barnhardt Trail

Rescuers brought a Payson man back to his vehicle Thursday after he got lost on the Barnhardt Trail.

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Arizona suffers low college graduation rate

Arizona tied Alaska for the lowest college completion rate in the country in 2013, with just 29 percent of students able to earn a four-year degree in six years or less, a new report says.

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Library enjoys unexpected success with Lego Day

Rattlin' the Rim

A letter to the editor in the July 21 edition of the Payson Roundup created a huge stir in Pine-Strawberry, especially among Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation (SCAF) members, employees and volunteers.

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August already? Summer slipping by so quickly.

The Village

Where has the month of July gone? The month has disappeared so fast and now the month of August is here.

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Gearing up for annual invasion of Sun Devil Nation

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is the location of a 100-year-old cabin moved here, log by log, from over in Gordon Canyon. It sits in a place called See Canyon and was purchased by a gentleman who shared his time between here and a home in Scottsdale in 1966. Prior to buying that log cabin, he brought his young family to Mountain Meadow Ranch each summer where they rented a cabin for $5 a night.

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Stanley did more than just find Livingstone – Part 2

Your Turn

Those of us living today haven’t a clue what it was like in 1871 Africa when Henry Morton Stanley set out to find aging missionary David Livingstone.

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Reserve appointment now for next low-cost spay/neuter clinic

The Humane Society of Central Arizona will be offering a low-cost spay/neuter clinic Friday, Aug. 14 at the shelter located at 605 W. Wilson Ct., just south of Main Street and west of McLane Road.

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Characters Below the Rim: Chapter 21 – David Gowan

Back When

David Douglas Gowan was born in Scotland in 1843 and raised by his fisherman family to be a man of the sea.