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Habitat working on another Payson home

Habitat for Humanity started work on its 28th home in Payson on the corner of Oak and Frontier streets.

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Gila County hires deputy manager

Scannell brings 35 years experience to the job

Michael Scannell is Gila County’s new deputy county manager. He started work this week in Globe and plans to soon visit Payson’s county staff and facilities.

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Local boy makes good, comes home to teach

Young Payson English teacher popular with his students

Lacey Tackett has to contend with her husband’s notoriety with young people all around Payson.

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Local RadioShack adds to inventory

If you have not been in Payson’s RadioShack recently you are in for a few surprises.

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Judge rebuffs Fossil Creek grazing

Legal fight to protect endangered frog continues

A federal judge has dealt another setback to the Coconino National Forest’s effort to renew a grazing permit on the headwaters of Fossil Creek.

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Two decades protecting Payson

After 22 years with the Payson Police Department — the only law enforcement agency he worked for — Patrol Sgt. Less Barr is retiring.

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New gym opens at industrial airpark

Payson has a new fitness choice and it’s taking a page from old-school gyms.

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Money to design Lion Springs section in ADOT’s 5-year plan

Several local roadway projects have made their way onto the Arizona Department of Transportation’s five-year plan.

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Payson woman gives voice to big dreams

Beating out thousands of other singers, a local hairdresser made it through the first rounds of auditions for The Voice.

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Open House at Payson Elementary, Julia Randall schools

The new school year starts on Monday, Aug. 3 for all students at Payson Unified School District.

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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.