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Schools in ‘dire straits’ for lack of state facilities money

Payson superintendent warns board district has no money for repairs

Seems the Arizona Legislature believes school facilities can be kept up simply by magic — or on a wing and a prayer.

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GCC seeks support for equitable workforce funds

Gila Community College Senior Dean Stephen Cullen is fed up.

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The Basics #3 – Getting to know the neighborhood

Jeepin’ in Rim Country

In our previous columns we have talked about you and your vehicle. Today we are going to talk about knowing the neighborhood ... being familiar with the off-highway country you are driving in.

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Superintendent blasts logic of proposed cuts

With the state about to force big cuts in “non-classroom” spending, Payson Unified School District Superintendent Greg Wyman would like the community to better understand the annual Auditor General’s Report, which details “classroom” and “non-classroom” spending.

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Drugs lead to child neglect

A woman given several opportunities to overcome a drug addiction was placed on intensive probation Monday following another run in with the police.

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Four-point play with :01 left lifts Longhorns to dramatic boys basketball win over Elks

Chaz Davis was fouled while sinking a three-point basket with one second remaining and went to the line and calmly sank the free throw to complete a rare four-point play that lifted Payson to a 55-54 boys basketball victory over visiting Eagar Round Valley on Friday night.

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Memory, fear and polishing the rusty edges

A skier rediscovers her skis and her joy atop the fresh snow

I unearthed my old blue Dynastar skies out from the corner of the garage where I had stored them when I moved to Payson five years ago.

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Hashknife cowboy ‘rock stars’

“We came for the cowboys,” said Beth Miller to explain why she and her friend Terry Brown spent the day celebrating the Hashknife Pony Express.

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Excessive force

Disciplined officer quits

A Gila County detention officer that used excessive force on an inmate quit earlier this month before completing a suspension imposed for his actions.

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Measles hit county

Gila County has reported its first confirmed measles case, which sent the Gila County Health Department on a scramble to contact 17 people exposed to the patient in the Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center in Globe.

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Flu cases peaking

The flu season is just now hitting its traditional peak period in Arizona, the state health department reported in its flu activity report for the week of Jan. 18-24.

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Pine Strawberry has great kids

Pine Strawberry School’s finest students during the second quarter of 2014-15 are being honored with the naming of the honor roll and principal’s list. Superintendent-Principal Cody Barlow announced the recipients early this week.

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Too much rush to sell stuff for Valentine’s Day

The Village

One day left until the end of January 2015. The days have flown by so fast!

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The writer’s world is a world of ideas – Part 2

Your Turn

Last week I told you how my second-grade class made it through a cold, damp rainstorm to the public library, after which we each slogged home wet, but with a library book.

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When swing turned to sing

DJ's Music Trivia

We continue our 10-part series chronicling the evolution of American popular music in the 20th century, 1900-1999, which looks at the music that was popular during each decade and what influenced that popularity.

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Recalling another haunted celebration

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek Store and Bar evolved from the original building with a succession of add-ons built during the late ’50s through the ’70s of the last century.