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Recreation right in the Town of Payson

I’d enjoyed a fairly active summer life in Michigan before moving to Arizona eight years ago, playing slow-pitch softball with my buddies throughout my 20s and 30s.

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School board: Show us the receipt!

Teachers on trips still must submit the itemized details

Teachers taking students on education trips shouldn’t have to pay for hotel rooms out of their own pocket. On the other hand, they better bring back an itemized receipt if they want breakfast.

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Lawmaker’s AHCCCS suit rebuffed

Lawmakers seeking to reverse the expansion of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System suffered another setback in court this week.

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When lightning strikes

Few crews left to respond to fires sparked by monsoon

The National Weather Service reports the monsoon storms will continue throughout the weekend, but dry up next week.

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Sale gets go-ahead

Archaeologists clear way for university site

The Forest Service can go ahead and sell a 253-acre parcel for a university, but Payson should avoid building on three archaeological sites, concluded a preliminary study.

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Arrest in 37-year-old murder

Daughter of former Payson couple shot in 1978

For 37 years, the murder of their daughter remained an agonizing mystery.

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School inflation negotiations fail

But lawmakers propose plan to boost K-12 spending

School districts will go back to court in an attempt to force state lawmakers to pay some $1.3 billion in illegally withheld inflation funding after negotiations on a settlement broke down this week.

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Rim Country Republicans like Trump best

Rim Country Republicans staged a presidential primary straw poll at the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo, with Donald Trump coming out way ahead.

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Payson enrollment still on the rise

Growth in upper grades suggests students returning

The Payson Unified School District got more good news this week as this semester’s enrollment figures grew.

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Drug charges yield 7-year sentence for Payson man

Payson resident Christopher Lee Norton will spend seven years in prison for a variety of drug offenses. Superior Court Judge Gary V. Scales sentenced 41-year-old Norton to prison for three cases involving the possession of narcotic drugs.

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Great community events coming up quickly

Rattlin' the Rim

As a Payson Roundup reporter, I was asked in 2004 to cover a Pine-Strawberry grassroots movement to raise money to buy Justice McNeeley, then a 5-year-old kindergartner, a specialized wheelchair called a Go-Bot.

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Some signs can put a smile on your face – Part 2

Your Turn

Over the course of a long, happy life I have seen many signs that put a smile on my face.

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All invited to Christopher Creek Days

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek Days at the R Bar C Boy Scout Camp is tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Everybody in Rim Country is invited to enjoy some Creek hospitality, take in the car show and join the events, grab a bite to eat, enjoy the music and look over the camp itself.

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Coyotes prowling around neighborhood

The Village

The new news around the Village is that there are a few coyotes that are circling the Village on a daily basis.

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Sign up now for the next low-cost spay/neuter clinic

The Humane Society of Central Arizona has been lucky this summer to see a slight decrease in the number of puppies and kittens brought to our shelter; and yet we still struggle to financially support the lost, homeless and abandoned animals of Gila County.

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Brisket over briquets and ideas for grilled leftovers

In the Kitchen

Although brisket is generally regarded as a cool weather dish, you may be surprised how this ultimate comfort food works in delicious recipes that help you hang on to the fading days of summer.