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Fox Farm rezoning confusion

Payson Mayor Kenny Evans says it was all a mix up — lawyers making a muddled mess out of plans to rezone the Fox Farm/Rim Ranch.

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GCC solar: Maybe it’s a good thing it’s not up yet

At its meeting on Oct. 16, the Gila Community College board heard a familiar promise about its supposedly glittering solar future: “SunRenu promises construction will begin in 30 days,” said John Zilisch, GCC board member.

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Payson band wows judges

The Pride of Payson Marching Band scored the most points it has ever received in competition this year and took home three caption awards during the Northern Arizona University Band Day Saturday.

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Lack of seat belt proves fatal

The Department of Public Safety is investigating a vehicle rollover Friday that killed a teen.

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Community Almanac

Sawmill Theatres will offer $3 admission to a special 10 a.m. showing, Saturday Oct. 25 for the movie “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” All proceeds benefit the Payson High School baseball team.

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Community help sought to support humane society's mission

As members of the Humane Society of Central Arizona board of directors and staff, we are often asked how we can be actively involved in an organization that confronts the sad reality of animals who have been abandoned, mistreated, lost their human through no fault of their own, and often face the possibility of being euthanized.

Our firefighters do more than put out flames

October is Fire Prevention Month and the week of Oct. 6-12 was Fire Safety Week — a time for awareness of the danger from uncontrolled fires.

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No death sentence

Breast cancer battle rages on

“Most pick out the coffin once they hear their diagnosis,” said Ilona Swenson. “I want them to know it is not a death sentence. There is life after breast cancer.”

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Flu season already gets scary

A trip to Colorado gave a Payson family an enterovirus scare when their daughter fell suddenly ill with a fast-moving respiratory illness during fall break.

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Police Taser gun-wielding man

The Payson Police say they arrested an extremely intoxicated Chandler man Saturday afternoon after he fired his gun.

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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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State Senate battle turns on Independents

Former Republican senators face off for District 6 seat

The battle for the state Senate seat in legislative District 6 will likely turn into one of the most closely watched contests this year, since it could transform the role of the growing number of Independents.

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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.