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Avoid 87/260 intersection Tuesday

The town is encouraging residents to avoid the intersection of Highways 87 and 260 Tuesday, Oct. 21, as crews will be paving until 1 p.m.

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House race poses stark choice for voters

Health care. Education. Taxes. Profound differences separate the positions of the three candidates vying for the two seats in the Arizona House representing Rim Country.

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Superintendent race boils down to one issue – or does it?

Garcia-Douglas confrontation spurs some surprising endorsements

Diane Douglas, the Republican candidate for State Superintendent, has one issue: abolishing Common Core in Arizona. David Garcia, the Democratic candidate, speaks on many issues: restoring education funding, filling empty teaching positions, improving outcome measures and addressing achievement gaps.

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Budget woes put squeeze on governor’s race

The Arizona governor’s race has come down to a dead-heat mud-wrestling match dominated by “dark money” groups that has largely sidestepped the hard choices.

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Payson council candidates contend in low-key runoff

They campaigned next to each other in the primary on the Voice of Rim Country ticket, but when they both ended up in a one-seat runoff, they both declared they’d be happy no matter which one wins a seat on the Payson Town Council.

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Genial Payson School Board race poses stark choices

The Payson Unified School District Board race, pits Sheila DeSchaaf, a town planner, Angie Prock, an occupational therapist, and Darlene Younker, a retired facilities manager, against each other for two seats.

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Override boosts local economy

The $14.6 million Payson Unified School District maintenance and operations (M&O) budget buoys the local economy by employing 300 people who buy and rent homes, spend on local supplies, health care and construction, and purchase food at regional restaurants and stores.

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What the override money covers

Currently, the $1.2 million contributed by the override tax pays for 22 teachers in the Payson Unified School District. That amounts to 15 percent of the teaching staff.

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Goddard vows to shine light on dark money

Wants secretary of state’s office to push for more disclosure

Secretary of state candidate Terry Goddard brought his crusade against political “dark money” to Rim Country Thursday, with a local radio show appearance and interview.

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Pine pulses with Fall Apple Festival, chili fest

The pulsating vibe surrounding the Seventh Annual Fall Apple Festival, chili cook-off and antique show pleasantly surprised some first visitors to Pine.

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A family’s heartbreaking tragedy inspires their lifesaving effort

In July, DJ Jacobs and Mackenzie Tyler came to Rim Country to hold a memorial for their son, Easton, who had died at just seven days old.

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Vote your mail-in ballots

On Thursday, Oct. 9 the ballots for the General Election culminating on Tuesday, Nov. 4 were mailed out.

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Lobos roll over Longhorns 65-27

Payson entered Friday night’s football game against visiting Snowflake tied with the Lobos for first place in the Division 4 Section 5 standings.

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End of tour

Payson Supply Line ends decade of service to soldiers

The Payson Supply Line will officially close its doors at the end of 2014, ending the shipment of “care” packages to active duty military in Mideast war zones as of Oct. 25.