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Payson scrambles to find enough 911 dispatchers

“It is often the worse call they’ll make on the worst day of their life,” said Alison Murphy, Payson Police Department dispatch supervisor.

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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.

SCAF defended

In response to “the letter to the editor” in last Tuesday’s paper regarding the “downfall of SCAF” sent in by Ben Arnald.

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Blackberries ripe for the picking through Labor Day

Outdoors Under the Rim

If you are an outdoor person, there seems to be a season for everything. Well, by mid-July it is time to get the old berry bucket off the shelf in the garage. As with the wildlife, the spring rains have really given a boost to the plant life, especially the blackberry bushes under the Rim. This year could be a real bumper crop with lots of fruit ripening on the vine from now until Labor Day.

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College to honor former Longhorn

Southeastern Louisiana Univ. to induct softball standout into Hall of Fame

Will Dunman remembers Rachel Ray Fitzgerald’s work ethic during her four seasons with the Payson High varsity softball team.

Time to call 911

The Hellsgate Fire Department needs to call 911.

Town needs to be Firewise

The first responsibility of our elected officials is to “protect its citizens.”

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Subway kids take the field

After submitting her name to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Payson’s Jennalea Miller, 7, (fourth from the right) was randomly picked to be a participant in “Subway Kids Take the Field” prior to the Diamondbacks’ game against the Milwaukee Brewers on July 26 at Chase Field.

An open letter to candidates

Dear candidates for public office:

Goodbye democracy

Our Founding Fathers established three branches of our government in an effort to insure a check and balance system so no branch could become more powerful than the other two.

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Operator attention key to boating safety

Safety tips offered in wake fatality

Arizona waterways are teeming with activity and the Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds all boaters to ensure a safe boating experience by remaining vigilant when out on the water.

Book festival fabulous

The Payson Book Festival was wonderful! Congratulations and thanks to the planning committee and sponsors!

Humane Society volunteers

I would like to thank the volunteers for the Humane Society of Central Arizona.

Board must put children first

Listen to the teachers.

Book festival success

Andy McKinney did a great job in his article, “Read all about it” covering the Payson Book Festival.

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Youth Fall Soccer

Registration is open now through Aug. 28 for the Payson Parks and Recreation Department’s Youth Fall Soccer season.

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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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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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Lost man rescued on Barnhardt Trail

Rescuers brought a Payson man back to his vehicle Thursday after he got lost on the Barnhardt Trail.