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Thursday, July 29

Library cuts a bad choice

As taxpayers and voters in Gila County we wish to voice our strong objection to library budget cuts for any municipality in the county library system.

County plans August test for Y2K

Come Jan. 1, 2000, Gila County officials say the electronic cell doors at the Gila County Jail in Globe will open and close on cue, the assessor will still be able to access computer records and court will convene as usual.

Subdivision gets council OK, wells being tested

Chaparral Lakes will have to meet some water and infrastructure requirements, but the proposed 144-unit subdivision east of North Tyler Parkway has cleared a major hurdle on its way to development.

Brooke rate hike still in works

ACC official warns of 'rate shock' for customers

While customers in Pine are awaiting the return of restriction-free water usage, other customers of Brooke Utilities water companies in the Rim country are waiting for the other shoe to drop with the news of a rate increase.

Permit sought to discharge effluent into Pine creekbed

A Pine water improvement district has applied for a permit to discharge treated water from the Portals IV sewage treatment plant into an unnamed creekbed that drains into Pine Creek. The public has until Aug. 20 to submit comments or objections to the state.

Help wanted: Minors need head coach for football team

If someone doesn't step forward soon, the children involved in Payson Youth Football may find themselves without a coach.

Monster trucks in Payson Saturday

The ground will rumble at Payson Rodeo Grounds Saturday night when the Monster Truck Challenge Tour takes the arena. The challenge begins at 8 p.m.

Martial arts instructor offers demonstration, seminar

Payson folks will flip when they see what Dan Moriarty of Twin Oaks, Miss. is doing this weekend.

Registration begins for PHS soccer

Players interested in high school soccer can register now at the Payson High School Athletic Office.

Airport needs new procedures to aid pilots

We read with great interest two recent letters to the editor regarding the airport. Our comments address the weather reporting and instrument landing procedures issues raised in the letters.

Let the county know that library is important

As I listened to KMOG recently, I realized that some of the callers did not understand what is at stake with the Special Library District Tax.

Pine taxpayers pay for their own library

With regard to the article by Carolyn Wall in the Friday, July 23 issue, titled "Council plans trip to Globe over library cuts," I must take exception to the following paragraph:

State offering a real chance for input

Arizona Gov. Jane Hull and state transportation officials are looking for some vision and imagination and they're asking for our help.

Pipeline assessment finds little impact

Just as the Pine water system begins to recover from its annual thirst, the U.S. Forest Service has entered another public comment period on a proposed water pipeline linking Pine to Strawberry.

Library supporters organize petitions, rides

Businesses and churches in Payson, Pine and Strawberry are showing support for county libraries by making petitions available that protest Gila County's plan to cut its funding for public libraries.

GOP tax plan addresses many problems

In re: Bob Jacobs' statement of July 23 that any federal budget surplus should be used to "fix" Social Security, Medicare and the military before even considering the GOP-proposed tax cut, I would suggest that he and others of like opinion spend at least as much time familiarizing themselves with the details of the GOP budget proposal as spent memorizing the emotionally-charged buzzwords and catch-phrases currently being circulated by the loyal opposition.

A Longhorn's tale of Down Under

Cable Morris was a day late heading Down Under.

Payson IV TNF land exchange derailed

The Payson IV land exchange a proposal to swap private land around the state for U.S. Forest Service land in and around Payson has unraveled.

Purchaser lined up for Wal-Mart building

The current Wal-Mart building in Payson will not suffer the same fate as some other vacated Wal-Marts when the company's Supercenter opens later in the year.

County officials in a battle for funds

In the end, it's all a matter of simple mathematics, said Gila County leaders.

Monday, July 26

Commission on the Arts backs GVP concerts

Payson's popular concert series, Concert Under the Stars, got a recent boost in funding from a $2,100 Arizona Commission on the Arts grant.

Twins awaiting call-back from Wrigley

Payson twins Summer and Heather Schneider are still anxiously awaiting a phone call that could dramatically change their lives.

Redevelopment plan grows, funds still a question

Since the spring of 1998, when a small group started meeting at the Rim Country Museum, the effort focusing on improving Main Street has grown.

Making Payson like the county seat

A great big hearty "thank you" is in order for the folks at Wal-Mart for their initial development work/land clearing for their much-anticipated new super store here in Payson.

Airport complainers have limited vision

Well, it looks like the NIMBYs are alive and well in Payson. In reference to a letter to the editor in Payson Roundup's July 9 edition by the johnny-come-lately, buy or build in the landing path of the airport and then complain about it types such as A.A. Cork:

Net squad prepares for battle

With the onset of preseason volleyball practices only weeks away, Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Steve Konvalin was looking for a way to prepare his prep squad for the rigors of play. The Horns compete this year in the rough-and-tumble East Division against such powerhouses as Show Low, Snowflake and Round Valley.

Forest Service plans to bring back rare native trout

U.S. Forest Service officials want to hear what the public has to say about their plan to reintroduce the federally endangered Gila trout into the headwaters of Dude Creek this fall.

Smith, Bayo win Memorial tourney

Late each summer, members of the Payson Women's Golf Association gather on the local course to participate in a tournament played in honor of deceased club members.

Tonto Apache track takes on Omaha

Today, Tuesday, at Burke High School in Omaha, Neb., six members of the Tonto Apache Track and Field team will begin pursuit of what could eventually lead to the pinnacle of success in amateur track and field individual national championships.

Smokey Bear, Vince and Larry, our families

When our nation's forests were in trouble, the National Ad Council introduced Smokey Bear. His simple message helped reduce forest fires from charring 32 million acres in 1944 to an average of only 3.7 million today.

Airport Rd. to be disrupted to September

Hold on to your mufflers the work that's being done from the Beeline Highway to just west of McLane Road phase one of the Airport Road project should be completed by the end of August or early September.

Payson edges out Maricopa as third in postseason tournament

Payson's entry in the Arizona Prep Baseball Summer League stumbled through the regular season finishing with a dismal 4-6 record.

Cardinals begin season with practice in Flagstaff

The smell of pigskin will soon fill the air.

Kickoffs for the regular season are still a month away, but Rim country fans have two great opportunities for a sneak-peek at both collegiate and professionals play.

County squeezed by drop in mines' tax payments

Most years, the budget process for Gila County has been relatively painless, as county leaders add up the numbers that will set the spending limits for the coming year.

Thursday, July 22

Payson's Stanford 9 scores move up

Nearly across the board, Payson students turned in significantly higher Stanford 9 test scores this year than they did last year, ranking among the highest in Gila County and consistently outmatching state averages.

PHS veterans help teach the 'Longhorn Way' to young players

The three-day "Learn It the Longhorn Way" camp for pre-high- school youngsters wrapped up Wednesday afternoon.

Pikes drown Clippers in recreational meet

Because it was a recreational swim meet, team scores weren't recorded when the Payson Pikes hosted the Cottonwood Clippers Saturday at Taylor Pool.

A tribute to 'Prince John'

"Prince John":

Kidnapping suspect dies

A 20-year-old Prescott Valley man suspected in the kidnapping of a 19-year-old Payson man last week died Friday at a San Diego hospital, San Diego police reported. The man, Christopher Engelbrecht, suffered fatal stab wounds as he allegedly attempted to mug a border patrol dispatcher in the San Diego suburb of San Ysidro.

K-9 teams practice skills in Payson

Police dogs were all over Payson Wednesday and Thursday nights, searching buildings and lots for hidden bad guys.

Photographer gains renown with visions within images

Photographer Douglas Hamm of Tonto Basin sees God in the details of the natural world, and sometimes, when the light is right, he captures glimpses of the Lord on film.

Flagstaff knocks Payson out of Area One tournament

A 4-2 loss to Flagstaff Coconino in a losers' bracket game ended the Payson Little League Major Division All-Star team's quest for an Arizona Area One Tournament Championship and a berth in the district finals.

Some things more needed than a tax cut

In response to the letter to the editor that said the GOP needs to overcome fears in the Friday, July 16 Payson Roundup. I'd like to make the following observations:

Payson beats Oak Creek

Facing a weather forecast that predicted heavy rains for the Rim country, only 10 members of the Oak Creek Men's Golf Association showed up for a July 14 interclub meet with Payson.

Predators ready to become Longhorns

Wanting local soccer players, including their own sons, to have the opportunity to successfully make the leap to high school play with more than limited town recreation experience, Judy Perham and Mike Weisser founded Payson's first entry in the American Youth Soccer Association.

Rural areas deserve input into school standards

As a state representative of Legislative District 4, I represent over 35 school districts in six counties. Many of these school districts are small and are located in rural areas of the state. Together, however, they educate a large number of our state's children.

PUSD Stanford 9 results cause for some celebration

The scores are in and the news is encouraging for Payson schools: Our students are moving up the scale on the Stanford 9 achievement test.

Grab your golf clubs to help build houses for Rim country families

The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity successfully built five homes and has begun a sixth, in part funded by the proceeds from annual charity golf tournaments.

Tribe's local impact: $12 million-plus

The Tonto Apaches suspected their contribution to the local economy was sizable, but an assessment conducted by an independent researcher put the intangible in black and white: a nearly $6 million payroll, and $6.8 million in annual purchases from local vendors.

Council plans trip to Globe over library cuts

Payson's mayor and Town Council are mad as hell and they're not going to take it any more. What they don't understand is why there hasn't been an outcry or, as Mayor Vern Stiffler put it, "a groundswell" of protest from the public on the county's latest proposal to take funding from municipal libraries and put it into health services.

Monday, July 19

All-night-long Relay for Life a moving event for participants

Ann Riehle got just four hours' sleep in 48 hours this weekend and felt that it was for a good cause.

Appropriate airport support is good

Letter-writer Anthony A. Cork, July 9, was correct in asking why Payson residents are allowing the town fathers to improve the Payson airport. His reason for opposing the expansion was incorrect. It is not noise, but money.

Camp Sunrise brightens lives

The two big yellow school buses parked by the lodge at Camp Sunrise were filled with some 70 happy campers it was Lake Day, and the Sidekicks were going swimming, boating, fishing and hiking.

Town has some real good guys

Recently, when shopping at Wal-Mart, I put my purchases in the car trunk. But I inadvertently left my small purse in the shopping cart on the parking lot.

Concern over raccoons is encouraging

So many have contacted me about the mother raccoon and her six babies that I wrote about in a past letter caring and offering advice to help save the remaining little ones. The outlook is very depressing.

Town launches new skate park

It took more than a year of planning, implementing and budgeting but Payson's skate park became a reality late last week when work crews completed the community's first such facility.

Payson Pikes dive into competition at ASU

Five members of the 100-swimmer- strong Payson Pikes will be participating in the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association State Meet when it is held July 24 on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe.

Construction brings early end to summer rec program

Much to the chagrin of children and parents, the town-sponsored Summer Recreation Program was terminated early last week.

A few minutes toward a healthy future

Ten minutes.

Payson's library may suffer to cover health costs

Gila County has figured out another way to get the money it needs for its municipal health departments and intends to reduce appropriations to libraries in its incorporated towns in August. In Payson's case, the reduction in funding would be about $92,000, or three full-time positions at the library.

Police dog to be cited by council

A dog will take center stage when the Payson Town Council meets Thursday.

Rodeo arena can handle monster trucks, promoter says

Engines roar to deafening decibels. Wheels spin out of control. Mud flies, trucks roll the crowd cheers.

Thursday, July 15

New water tank filling up, monsoons cut demand

The town's water tanks are full and there's currently no problem, said Mike Ploughe, the town's hydrogeologist.

Addressing the impact of rules of dress

We're sure that some Payson High School students think that the school's administrators are prudish old fogies for tightening up the school's dress code.

Daniels' hoopsters try their luck in Vegas

Footloose and fancy free in fabulous Las Vegas, some might end up perched under the glittering lights of the fabled strip wooing Lady Luck.

'How' of event center management most important

I am writing on behalf of the event center volunteers to clarify my position on the issue of the town's desire to lease the multi-event center site and management to a third party.

Motorists need warning of traffic stoppages

Recently while driving on Highway 260 between Strawberry and Camp Verde, we rounded a blind curve on a 6 percent down grade and almost couldn't stop in time to avoid a long line of stopped traffic.

GOP needs to overcome fears

I read that when Congress returns to Washington, one of the first orders of business will be to sort out the future of Social Security and Medicare.

Page closes book on Payson Little League

A 22-2 shellacking dished out unmercifully by Page ended the Payson Little League Senior Division (15-years-of-age) All Star team's quest for Area One tournament honors.

Horns prepare for run at state crown

Last season, Payson's first-ever entry in the Arizona Prep Summer Baseball League was a runaway hit, compiling a 17-1 record.

Season over, little leaguers focus on next year

The Payson Little League Junior Division All-Stars' stay in the Area One postseason tournament was a short-lived one.

Off-season training key to successful football season

Football championships are won in the fall, but players are made in the summer.

P-S board earmarks projects for Credit for Kids

The Pine-Strawberry School Board set aside $47,800 for music, computer, performance corps and ballfield-expansion projects Tuesday from the school's Credit for Kids fund.

Cancer victim retains positive outlook despite hospitalization

Lance Beauregard, who was pictured with his wife, Bonnie, and featured in an article about cancer survivors in the Tuesday, July 6 edition of the Payson Roundup, will not be part of the Payson Therapeutic Massage Center's Relay for Life team this weekend, but he hopes to be released from Good Samaritan Hospital in a few days.

Local man abducted, suspect stabbed

What started with the reported abduction and release of a Payson man Monday evening ended with the stabbing of one suspect and the arrest of another in San Diego Wednesday.

Main Street committee getting concrete over land-use, parking

Competition between existing and new businesses and between residential use of property and employment/industrial use were two topics that prompted debate Thursday at the Green Valley Redevelopment Committee meeting.

Larry Allen, former council member, dies

Former Payson Town Council member Lawrence "Larry" L. Allen, a Payson resident since 1976, died Tuesday at the age of 86 in the town he loved and helped put on the map.

Monday, July 12

Tonto Apaches chip in to aid compulsive gamblers

Statistics compiled in a National Gambling Impact Study reveal that there are as many as 7.5 million Americans who are problem or pathological gamblers.

Going for the Grey

Couple carries passion for Western author across U.S.

Conrad and Bev Okerwall of Payson got away from the dry heat of Arizona last month and went to a place where another adventurer, a hero of the West and part-time resident of the Rim country, used to go to fish Grants Pass, Oregon.

Rim country tracksters go to Region 10 championship

The USA Track and Field Region 10 championships will shine with a decidedly Rim country flare when the competition tips off July 14, in Provo, Utah.

Public mum on $13.5 million school budget

Without a single question or statement of concern from the public, the Payson School Board approved a $13.5 million budget Monday for 1999-2000, increasing the district's budget $1.2 million over last year.

Police artist turns sketchy details into useful drawing

Detective Bob Powers of Phoenix spent a few hours in Payson Monday, interviewing the victim of the armed robbery of a local business last week.

Woman swept away, rescued

Gila County Sheriff's deputies spent Sunday afternoon slogging through the rain, warning people who were camping and fishing along the East Verde River that the storm might cause a flash flood.

PHS grapplers hit the mat in Montana

Refusing to kick back and relax through the dog days of summer, a contingent of six local athletes and two coaches heated up the interstate to and from Billings, Mont., where the youths competed in the AAU Grand National Wrestling Championships.

Khrushchev sure to be a good citizen

A simple ceremony Monday in Providence, R.I. may have represented the final tolling of the bell marking the death of Communism.

Local athletes medal at Special Olympics games

In Raleigh, North Carolina, the Arizona team which featured two Payson athletes and one local coach stamped itself a top-notch championship contender, winning a bounty of medals at the Special Olympic World Games.

PostNet opening to feature Cardinals

Hang on to your shoulder pads, sports fans two of the biggest stars in professional football will soon be visiting the Rim country.

Time for Little League election of officers

Little League programs exist only because of the tireless dedication of the volunteers who serve in just about every capacity. Often it's a thankless job, but when the season rolls to an end, as it has in Payson, the volunteers can revel in the knowledge that they've taken that extra step to help youngsters realize their potential.

Punitive tax on senior citizens should be repealed

With our April 15 tax day an unpleasant and relatively recent memory, many taxpayers are well aware that the tax burden in America is at an all-time high. This is especially true for many senior citizens, who pay unbelievably high taxes on their retirement income.

Clover is nice

I find that I receive significant physical benefits from the beautiful white clover in the lawn of the Allstate Insurance office on East Zurich.

Warnings about Reds' rules should be heeded

I was rummaging through some of my papers last month and came up with this item that I think would be of interest to the people, especially since the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that schools can display the Ten Commandments if they wish, the Louisiana Legislature passed a law that children will address their seniors respectfully sir, ma'am, etc. and your editorial on the flag. Here it is. (Copied from the Ventura County Star-Free press years ago):

P&Z OK with new eastside subdivision

The Payson Planning and Zoning Commission decided Monday to recommend a zoning change from R1-175 to R1-44-PAD for 144 residential units on 144 acres which would connect to the Chaparral Pines development. Current zoning is for approximately 36 four-acre lots.

Thursday, July 8

Good for the new red, white and blue

The Flag Capital of Arizona can lay new claim to the name with the recent addition of U.S. flag-style banners along Highway 260 and the Beeline in town.

P-S School to add full-, part-time teachers

The Pine School Board, which will consider adopting a $1.64 million budget Tuesday, is planning to add a full-time teacher and a part-time teacher to the Pine-Strawberry School staff next year, bringing the school's total number of teachers, including the principal, to 17.5.

Commercial zoning sought for Pine property

The Gila County Planning and Zoning Commission will attend to some housekeeping next week with a rezoning application filed by James Clinton of Pine.

Rains wet the forest, allow campfire restrictions to end

Smoking and campfire restrictions were lifted Tuesday for the Tonto National Forest which surrounds Payson, and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest on the Mogollon Rim to the east. The Coconino National Forest, on the Rim north of Payson, hasn't been subject to smoking and campfire restrictions this year.

Council opts to lease out town's multi-event center

The question about whether to have a third party manage, operate and maintain Payson's proposed multi-event center or to have the town work to fund the project itself and delay its construction has been decided.

New rules OK'd for hillside building

It was an uphill climb that met significant opposition, but the Payson Town Council finally approved an amendment to the Unified Development Code regarding hillside development Thursday night.

Budget amended, bed tax hiked

In a move that will bring an additional $63,000 to the general fund, the Payson Town Council on Thursday unanimously approved raising the bed tax at hotels and motels within the town's limits from 2 percent to 3 percent.

Swimming instructors needed for lessons at Taylor Pool

Taylor Pool Manager Jim Quinlan is looking for a few good instructors to teach Rim country youngsters the nuances of swimming and water safety. But before the teachers can take to the decks of Taylor or any other public pool they must first pass a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course.

It's bottom-line time for schools and Gila County

PUSD expects tax rate to drop

The Payson School Board plans to raise the district's budget $1.2 million Monday, but school officials expect local tax rates to drop.

Volunteens pitch in for hospital, patients

Jolene Hood, 17, wants to be an obstetrics nurse and has gone to the best place in town to get experience and information: Payson Regional Medical Center.

Registration begins for Monsoon 5K

Registration begins for Monsoon 5K

Lady Horns beat the heat at Flagstaff softball skills camp

Arizona State University is most always associated with the City of Tempe where 40,000-plus students attend classes on the main campus.

Harte, Carter win 36-hole partner tournament

Members of the Payson Men's Golf Association locked horns in a "pick your own partner", 36-hole, two-man, best-ball tournament played at Payson Golf Course.

Town's accounting and accountability in question

When a town this size discovers $4 million it didn't know it had, a prudent citizenry should not only be thankful for the windfall, but hopeful that the unexplained accounting technique responsible has been modified. A bookkeeping system that accumulates $4 million in secret is not the ideal way to test employee dedication.

Residents don't need expansion of airport

Why are the residents of Payson allowing the Town Council to go through with this airport expansion?

Why the airport expansion?

Why are the residents of Payson allowing the Town Council to go through with this airport expansion?

Learn to live with wildlife, not destroy it

A few weeks ago my neighbor called me to tell me to expect company. She had just seen a mother raccoon and several babies climbing over my fence from her yard. She said they were adorable, and they were with their little masked faces.

County budget up 7.6 percent

The Gila County Board of Supervisors next week will tentatively approve a $47.4 million budget for the next fiscal year.

Monday, July 5

Alliance promotes healthy communities

It is always wonderful for any Rim country organization to have the Roundup write articles about its hard work and achievements. It serves as an easy way for readers to understand the facts. In the June 29 article, which explained the establishment of the MHAX-III cardio-pulmonary exercise program, there were some points that need further explanation or correction.

Stabbing in Pine ends family's 4th of July party

A sudden stabbing ended a Fourth of July party at the home of Stacy and Bryan Parkerson in Pine Saturday night.

'Yes, Ma'am,' but don't make it a law

How would you feel if you were pulled over by a police officer for speeding, but then received another citation because you didn't address the officer with the courtesy title of "Sir"?

Pikes spear Swordfish in June 26 opener

Because of the Independence Day holiday, the Payson Pikes did not have a meet last Saturday but will return to action July 10 at the Kingman Invitational.

Lightning sparks fire, burns house

Lightning struck a house on East Flowing Springs Road Monday, sparking a fire that burned the house to the ground and threatened the Tonto National Forest.

Hospital sets July dates for cleaning up loose Y2K ends

Payson Regional Medical Center is undergoing treatment for the millennium bug a programming problem that will make outdated computer systems go haywire in the year 2000 but officials say a cure is close at hand.

Lady Horns head to Blue Ridge Invitational

Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Steve Konvalin has entered a team in the Blue Ridge Invitational Summer Tournament that will be played July 16 and 17 in Lakeside.

Little Leaguers tapped for Area One tournament

Based on their performances in the recently concluded Little League regular season, players were selected by coaches to participate in the Rim country's all-star entry in the upcoming Area One tournament.

'Heart of a lion'

Injured athlete returns to action

If 17-year-old Ben Krieger went searching for a personal motto, he might choose "Tough times don't last, tough people do."

Where did these people learn to drive?

What an interesting Friday, July 2nd afternoon.

Hoyt shoots bronze in Tempe

Billy Bob Hoyt's reputation as one of Payson's most promising young golfers was further enhanced last week when the 13-year-old played his way to a third-place finish in the Grand Canyon State Games.

Town trying new way to control algae

Since 1996, when the lakes at Green Valley Park first became operational, 82-year-old Gaither Paul has gotten his daily exercise by walking through the park. He's enjoyed walking by the lakes, but lately, he said, he's noticed a growing problem.

School lengthens dress code

This fall, the last word in fashion at Payson High School will be a stricter dress code designed to buck the racy fashion trends set by pop-culture image setters such as MTV.

'Let them through, it could be you'

In an emergency, minutes may seem like hours and can mean the difference between life and death. Critical seconds can be lost if drivers don't make way for emergency vehicles when their sirens are signaling them to get out of the way!

Thursday, July 1

Pine placed on severe water restrictions

Sonja Hunt lives in Cool Pines, a development in Pine, and as a vegetarian, she depends on her garden for food. But the community's primary water company, Brooke Utilities, has declared the water supply to be at Stage 5, the most critical level of water conservation.

Officers out in force for holiday weekend

Before putting your car in gear this weekend, make sure you're sober, buckled up and ready to calmly drive to your destination.

Tonto Apaches cancel fireworks

Fireworks show in Pine still set for Saturday launch

As drought continues to dry out northern Gila County, plans for the Fourth of July holiday continue to change daily.

The flag is all about freedom

Last week, the House of Representatives approved a constitutional amendment that would allow Congress to ban the burning and desecration of the American flag. The measure, however, is expected to fail in the Senate.

Salute to Old Glory

This passage was passed on to me by AMVETS, and I thought it was important to share it with others as Independence Day approaches.

Local fueling help still available for handicapped

Having just been informed that my favorite Texaco station was discontinuing an island attendant, I was quite concerned for those wheelchair and other disabled citizens. Hey there, you handicapped locals, relax. I have been advised that the Apache Mobil station on the south end of town is more than happy to accommodate you for your service station needs.

Little Leaguers work toward World Series

Three Rim country baseball teams are prepping for what could someday lead to the realization of almost every young player's dream a berth in the Little League World Series.

Grays win, lose to Good Times

The Payson Grays senior softball team which now stands 11-10 in the Four Seasons League split a doubleheader with visiting Scottsdale Good Time, winning the first encounter, 18-17, but dropping the second,24-18.

Landra wins state medallion

As an 11-time Payson Women's Golf Association Club Champion, Marge Landra has won her share of tournaments. But none was sweeter than her victory in the PWGA's State Medallion Tournament conducted the past four weeks at Payson Golf Course.

Hardt on track at ASU's Grand Canyon Games

The recently completed Grand Canyon State games, contested on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe, served as a showcase for the track and field talents of several Rim country youngsters.

PHS says farewell to winning trio

A pair of standout athletes and a stellar coach who played prominent roles in Payson High's march to the 1998 state football championship will not return to the Longhorn fold next season. Linebacker Ryan Lorentz and wide receiver/kicker Josh Barnhart graduated last spring and will move into the college ranks.

Payson unlikely to be manufacturing mecca

I have no doubt that the Payson Economic Development Corporation and its president, Ray Schum, are sincere in their determination to "woo high-paying manufacturing companies to Payson." (Roundup, June 18) And, perhaps now and again a company attracted enough to this area to overlook its business liabilities will indeed set up shop here.

Passenger killed, driver hurt in late-night truck accident

Two others injured in pre-holiday collisions

Three pre-holiday traffic accidents have left one woman dead, two people injured and at least one person facing possible criminal charges.

Registration begins with 'Learn it the Longhorn way'

The "Learn it the Longhorn Way" football camp for youngsters ages eight through incoming eighth-graders is July 19 to 21. At the camp, the fledgling players will learn the terminology and techniques used in high school football. Also, coaches will teach proper techniques and programs used in weight training.

Taking trash out to county dump costs more now

Folks dumping their trash at the Buckhead Mesa Landfill north of Payson will have to fork over a little more cash at the gate.

Armed party store crasher steals cash

A young man walked into Payson Party Plus Thursday morning, bought two candles and walked out of the store with his purchase and the contents of the cash register.