Thursday, November 29
"A generation, including myself, grew up with the Beatles," British Prime Minister Tony Blair said this morning upon hearing of the death of George Harrison.
To the Christian it is no mystery why Harry Potter is such a huge success.
"Here's a spot where we need something, Frontier Elementary School teacher Jennifer Baker tells fourth grader Trae Dunman.
Santa Claus will make a special guest appearance Saturday at the Payson Youth Organization's Third Annual Kris Kringle Kristmas Kraft Korner at Rim Country Middle School.
Recent articles in the Payson Roundup have pointed to "an escape clause" in the contract between The Door Stop and The Town of Payson regarding The Door Stop's future building site.
After supplies ran out last year, the Christmas tree picture looks considerably brighter in the Rim country this holiday season.
Only a few hours before tip off Tuesday evening in Wilson Dome against Fountain Hills, Payson High boys basketball coach Mike Loutzenheiser fretted over his team's health.
It has come to our attention, from people speaking with our staff members, that some in the community feel that Time Out, Inc. in some way took advantage of the public memorial for Susan Birchak, held at Green Valley Park.
A well-balanced scoring attack in which four players finished in double digits lifted the Lady Longhorns to a 52-38 win over the Fountain Hills Falcons.
Memorial services will be held for Cherry Conger Treat, 48, of Pine at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Best Funeral Home in Peoria.
Members of the Lady Longhorns soccer team gathered last week for the transitional awards ceremony, following a banner season in which the Lady Longhorn soccer team advanced to the Class 3A Arizona State Tournament quarterfinals before being eliminated 3-0 by Camp Verde.
A streak that began in the late '60s might come to a screeching halt next spring.
Open letter to Mayor Schum:
A 15-year-old Strawberry juvenile has been arrested and charged with the burglary of the Black Bear Restaurant.
As a large contingent of concerned neighbors looked on, a rezoning request for Indian Trails Estates, a proposed 20-lot gated subdivision on North Chaparral Pines Drive, was tabled by the Planning and Zoning Commission because of a legal technicality.
If Santa Claus were to get the travel-jitters like so many folks this holiday season, he could easily rely on Payson's very own shipping and mailing professionals to get his cards and parcels delivered to their proper destinations before Christmas Day.
Q: The last broadcast of the Payson Town Council meeting on Channel 7 was not too good. One microphone didn't seem to be working. What's going on?
Monday, November 26
Q: Why, with so many people getting sick eating food here in Payson, doesn't the health department require all those who handle food to wear gloves like they do at Del Taco and Subway? It would sure make it a lot safer for us.
Despite numerous public appeals, local Little League President Don Bell is having difficulty finding volunteers to fill the vacancies on the league's board of directors.
Gordon Lee Brownell, 74, of Payson, died Nov. 23, 2001, in Payson. He was born May 9, 1927 in Spokane, Wash.
On Nov. 16, I responded to an article in the Payson Roundup regarding riding with a Sheriff's Deputy.
Seven candidates have filed statements of organization with Payson Town Clerk Silvia Smith, indicating their intention to run for either mayor or town council in the primary election on March 12.
Payson Town Manager Rich Underkofler is leaving to take a similar post with the city of Mattoon, Ill.
You've eaten "Wheaties, the breakfast of champions."
David Colby, Gila County's commissioner/judge pro tempore, calls himself a "rabble-rouser."
Payson Longhorn football players can take solace in the fact it took the most dominating team in Arizona football history to eliminate them from the 2001 state tournament.
Rebuilding was never an option during the 28-year hey-day of Longhorn wrestling.
With six former Rim country wrestlers now shining on the collegiate level, Payson might be tapped a proving ground for big-time athletes.
With school classes in recess for the Thanksgiving holidays, teenagers went looking for activities to while away the leisure hours.
Glen H. Warner, 81, of Payson, died Nov. 20, 2001, in Payson. He was born in Branson, Colo.
Lenora Parker, 92, of Payson, died Nov. 25, 2001, in Payson. She was born Oct. 9, 1909, in Noble, Okla.
William Crozier, 74, of Payson, died Nov. 22, 2001, in Payson. He was born April 15, 1927, in El Paso, Texas.
Rim country residents have until the end of the year to divert a portion of their Arizona state income taxes to support local schools through the Credit for Kids program.
I, like Ken Murphy, Hoby Herron and Bryan Siverson, am very disgusted with the action taken by the Town Council, which moves public comments to the end of the council meetings.
I became aware of some future plans for the airport that are alarming to me and should be alarming to other citizens of the town.
Sure Les Barr is for the War on Drugs. Police departments love this "war."
'Tis the season to be jolly. It's the season to spread the joy and spirit of the holiday to everyone we meet.
From one border to the other in Arizona, police will be out in force searching for impaired drivers between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.
The decision on who will fill the shoes of retiring Superior Court Judge Edd Dawson will be made by the governor later this month.
String students from the entire Payson School District presented their annual fall concert Tuesday evening in the high school auditorium.
Saturday, November 24
I've got a holiday shopping gripe, but it has nothing to do with Fran Yates or her store, Rim Country Kids, the premiere Payson place to shop for toys.
Thursday, November 22
A 30-foot blue spruce donated by a local couple will become the town's official Christmas tree and the centerpiece for the first annual Main Street holiday celebration Saturday, Dec. 8.
Frank Doran, 44, of Payson was killed when the vehicle he was driving collided with the hitch of a fifth-wheel trailer.
Kodiak, the Payson Police Department's police dog, demonstrated not only his prowess in narcotics detection, he also shined in the tactical obedience competition last weekend in Tucson, taking a second-place trophy in both divisions.
Payson Mayor Ray Schum is not happy with the redistricting plan they chose or with the Gila County Board of Supervisors for choosing it.
As I read the commentary by Ken Murphy in the Nov. 20 issue of the Payson Roundup, I wonder why he is so upset or making such a fuss about changing the public comments to the end of the council meeting.
The hardest and best lessons we can learn about ourselves arrive when we can look at others and see the ways in which we are the same, rather than the ways in which we are different.
Paul Prokuda, 77, of Payson, died Nov. 18, 2001 in Payson.
I too thought the Veterans Day Ceremony at Green Valley Park's Veterans Memorial was great. However ...
In 1994, Arizona voters passed a landmark initiative to raise the tobacco excise tax to fund a comprehensive program to combat the devastating effects tobacco use has on our health care system.
Thanks go to Councilman Ken Murphy for his guest comment.
Well, (Mayor Ray) Schum finally found a way to keep the public verbal views out of the council meetings and the taxpayers watching on TV at home.
Eddie Armer, Gila County Constable, has been named to the newly formed Constable Ethics Committee.
The adopt-a-duck program initiated by local duck activist Amy von Somogyi is dead in the water, thanks to an edict from the U.S. Department of the Interior not to lay a hand on the waterfowl until the migratory season ends April 15.
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Hoover of Payson are pleased to announce the uniting of their son Keith Hoover in matrimony to Rachel Rada.
On Nov. 15, 1986 in Cedar Key, Fla. Annelle and Hal Henson pledged their "friendship, love, loyalty and total commitment to each other."
Payson High School sophomore Amy Wilcox kicked and threw her way to the Punt, Pass and Kick's grand finale.
A trio of senior members of the Lady Longhorn volleyball team have been tapped for postseason All-East regional honors.
With first-year coach Mike Loutzenheiser now calling the shots, the Payson High School boys basketball team is expected to couple a run-and-gun offensive style with hard-nosed man-to-man defensive techniques.
Along with all the other Class 3A state champions crowned this past year, the Lady Longhorn cross country team will participate in a Parade of Champions at halftime of the state championship football game.
What's going on with the improvements to McLane Road?
High school students in Arizona are more likely to drop out than virtually anywhere else in the country, a new survey released last week suggests.
Monday, November 19
Edwin F and Charlotte Hoff Andersen of Payson, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Nov. 16.
Coach Shawn Hardt finds a lot to like about the current edition of the Lady Longhorn basketball team.
Few would argue that the Rim country is a rocky place.
Gary Knighton has served as chaplain for the Payson Police Department for several years and has now taken on the duties as chaplain for RTA Hospice.
Twelve-year-old Croy Lashley of Strawberry was in such a charitable mood Saturday that he took nine sledge-hammer swings at a 1990 Ford Festiva at $1 a pop to benefit local fire departments.
For some 15 years, when young people in our community have needed someone besides an adult to talk to, Payson High School's peer counseling class has provided that outlet.
I am deeply concerned when the Mayor or members of the town council resort to name calling, referring to those who attend council meetings to express their point of view and that point of view is at variance with the view of the council members.
Either it was due to lack of knowledge, or perhaps research, that (APS manager Jim Spencer's) letter of thanks to the various contributors for the veterans memorial neglected to mention the MOPH.
Q: When will the town ever repave Manzanita Drive south of Timber Drive? It must be the worst street in town and it was scheduled to be paved three or four years back. Is Airport Road eating the streets budget?
The recent Town Council action changing public comments that are not on the agenda from the beginning of the meeting to the end of the meeting was a move in the right direction. I voted for it.
I am completely disgusted with the action taken by Barbara Brewer, Dick Wolfe, Ray Schum and Jim Spencer at the Nov. 15 council meeting.
Among the countless gifts humans are given the moment they are born and blink into consciousness is the choice of viewing the world as filled with blessings ... or larded with shortcomings.
Forget those woefully premature decorations you started seeing in October.
"To protect and serve" has taken its toll on law enforcement. The 70 New York police officers killed Sept. 11 represent the deadliest day in law enforcement history.
The Harry Potter books have proven to young people all over the globe that reading can be a rewarding experience.
One of life's most humbling honors that can be bestowed upon a man is to have a child named after him.
After a see-saw season in which the Payson Longhorns finished 6-5, East region coaches honored first-year coach Steven Saban and nine of his charges.
After an extended debate of more than 30 minutes, the Payson Town Council voted 5-2 to abolish the Airport Advisory Board at its meeting Thursday evening.
Thursday, November 15
The Rim country will join with communities worldwide in celebrating the art and power of storytelling at 7 p.m. Saturday as the third annual Tellabration! takes place at Pine Cultural Hall.
Richard and Margene Yakaitis of Payson, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Nov. 26.
Nov. 24, 2001, Harry and Ginny Fike will celebrate their 50th anniversary.
On Wednesday, Nov. 7, I stopped in Payson about 8:30 a.m. for a cup of coffee at McDonald's.
We would like to thank all of you, our devoted customers and friends, for your patronage for the past 29 years of being in business.
I just moved to Payson from Fargo (not the movie), N.D. (not South Dakota)
The Veterans Day Ceremony at Green Valley Park's Veterans Memorial was awesome.
What an outstanding guest comment in the Nov. 9 issue of your paper.
Q: What happened with the Sonic Drive-In that the Tonto Apaches were supposed to open over by the casino?
This week, U.S.-backed Northern Alliance guerrillas took control of Kabul, the Afghan capital, and for the first time in five years, the people of that region were no longer under Taliban rule.
The Payson Ministerial Association representing 40 area churches is throwing the Rim country's largest Thanksgiving dinner, and the entire community is invited,
While you spend time in church on Sunday worshiping, thieves are busy burglarizing cars in the parking lot.
Behind the success of any Little League baseball team is a crew of dedicated volunteers who work to ensure each young player receives the best athletic experience possible
Mention the sport of rodeo around the Rim country, and one of the first persons who comes to mind is Penny Conway.
Longhorn boys soccer was well represented when coaches announced early this week the members of the All-Rim region team.
For the first time in the history of the Payson Elks Soccer Shoot Out program, a Rim country youngster has won an age/sex group Arizona state championship.
Esther Z. Smith, 81, of Tucson, died Nov. 10, 2001 in Payson. She was born Jan. 23, 1920 in Fostoria, Ohio.
Laura Mehterian, 69, of Payson, died Nov. 10, 2001 in Payson. She was born July 21, 1932 in Chicago, Ill.
Wilber Eugene Gray, 76, of Gisela died, Nov. 9, 2001 in Gisela. He was born May 14, 1925 in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Douglas L. Grubbs, 43, of Payson, died Nov. 9, 2001. He was born Nov. 18, 1957 in Elkhart, Kan.
Eleanor Mary Clow, 84, of Payson, died Nov. 10, 2001 in Payson. She was born March 1, 1917 in Tottenville, N.Y.
Marvin Killgore has never seen an "Indiana Jones" movie.
How very fitting that Payson's mayor wants to put the people last.
Long-time friends Jason Keith and Greig Perrin wanted to find their own little business niche in Payson.
Monday, November 12
Proposals to abolish the Airport Advisory Board and to move public comments to the end of the agenda headline Thursday's Town Council meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. at Town Hall.
A downturn in the country's economy has caused The Door Stop to scale back its new Payson facility but the move is still on track, owner Jim Hill said.
You'd be hard put to find any adult nowadays who would disagree with the contention that we all need to do a better job of recognizing and appreciating the men and women who fought to preserve the freedoms we too often take for granted.
Helena Mae Pauling, 81, of Payson, died Nov. 8, 2001, at her home in Payson. She was born Jan. 24, 1920, in Chicago, Ill.
Dale E. Smith, 64, of Mesa, died Nov. 10, 2001, in Mesa.
Make no mistake. Jack Koon would never claim to represent all American military veterans. Or, for that matter, any veterans other than himself.
Meteor shower expected to provide show of a lifetime
If predictions by the world's top meteor experts hold up, early on the morning of Nov. 18th, skywatchers across the country can expect to see their most dramatic meteor shower in 35 years.
Q: We live at Rim Trail north of Payson, and the leaves are at their glory right now the prettiest we have seen in years. We have maples, oaks and sycamores to grace our landscape. But now the Forest Service has hired a contractor to clear around the private properties as a fire break. My point is that in areas that have so few maples as this one, shouldn't they be more selective in what they remove?
Several Payson High School writing classes got a strong dose of reality Friday when they met with a group of Veterans who live at Ponderosa Manor/Veterans Helping Veterans.
Wendy Suzanne Paulson of Costa Mesa, Calif. and Travis Lee Meadows of Prescott announce their engagement.
Trailing Blue Ridge 8-6 late in the third quarter and in possession of the ball at the Yellow Jacket 34-yard line, the Payson Longhorns were primed to pull off the biggest upset of the prep football campaign.
After finishing the regular season with a 10-2 record and in second place of the Tri-Valley Small School league final standings, the Pine Buffalo volleyball team advanced to the season-ending tournament Oct. 26 and 27 in Sedona looking for a championship title.
A Payson High School coach and athlete have been named the best the East region has to offer.
Although the Longhorn football team's 29-6 state tournament loss Thursday evening to Blue Ridge was disappointing, the players can take solace in the fact that most played their hearts out.
The Luke Air Force Base Color Guard posted the colors Monday in front of the Arizona Veteran's Memorial in Green Valley Park to open Payson's 2001 Veterans Day service, "A Tribute of Remembrance, Rededication, Resolve."
Raymond Boelens, 26, currently being held in a Los Angeles County jail, has been named as the suspect in the Nov. 1 threat on President Bush's life as well as bomb threats made to local law enforcement agencies.
Agents from the Gila County Narcotics Task force arrested Howard Vail, 51, Friday following a search warrant for drugs at his residence in the 700 block of E. Granite Dells.
A low-flying jet fighter aircraft that startled Rim country residents Thursday morning about 7:50 a.m. was actually an L39 Russian trainer jet, according to Payson Municipal Airport Manager Ted Anderson.
Andrew J. Harozynski and Teresa Mollett were married
The Payson United Municipal Airport Alliance (PUMAA) has been formed to allow the nonflying Payson taxpayer to have a voice in Town airport operations, finance, and policies. We believe the airport belongs to the entire community, not just a select few airplane owners.
Shame on you, Payson! You deserve to pay the higher gas prices! Almost everyone to whom I talked about the high gas prices in Payson agreed that the prices are way too high and that something should be done about.
More regarding the prices of gasoline in Payson. One does not need to go out of Arizona to find a significant difference in prices.
Check these prices out with Payson. Someone needs to get to the bottom of our high prices in Payson.
This thank-you was recently presented to longtime Payson resident Karl Knotts by a member of the USO.
We are our own worst enemy, the media with an astonishing audacity for digging, scrambling, and mentioning everything in the news or television newscast.
Thursday, November 8
Q: What's up with the fenced school property on the southwest corner of Meadow and Wade? It's a real fire hazard with trash and weeds and brush. It doesn't look like it's been touched in years.
Today I read an e-mail article that affected me more than any article ever has.
In honor of all the men and women who have protected the liberties of their fellow countrymen, we dedicate these quotes on the very ideals with which you fought: courage, valor and a sense of pride in country.
Cindy Thompson can relate to the men who come to StepsHouse to deal with their alcohol and drug addictions.
Payson's 2001 Veterans Day service, subtitled "A Tribute of Remembrance, Rededication, Resolve," will be held Monday morning at the new Arizona Veteran's Memorial in Green Valley Park.
If you've been using a low-income level as your primary reason for not getting a health check-up, that excuse will officially expire with Saturday's Community Health Fair 2001 wherein a dozen medical tests and screenings will be offered to attendees free of charge.
This puppet, designed to help children learn to brush their teeth, is given a mind of its own by 4-year-old Michael Foster during class at Payson Head Start.
Updated copies of the three redistricting plans recently submitted to the Gila County Board of Supervisors are now available.
Four Rim country youngsters Nicole Geavaras, Ciara Wholly, Amy Wilcox and Keith Shelton have qualified for Arizona state championship finals in soccer and football.
It's a huge challenge, but armed with a new and deadly weapon, the Longhorn football team might be primed to pull off the upset of the prep season.
People retire in Payson for a variety of reasons. For some, it's the climate and small-town atmosphere with a close proximity to a major metropolitan area.
We would like to thank the following for their contributions to the benefit dinner held Oct. 26 at St. Philip's Church for cancer patient Judy Nichols:
Re: Sunstate Equipment Company and Crew:
The Board of Directors and participating artists of Payson Art League would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all who helped to make our recent Autumn 2001 Show and Sale so successful.
With the 2000 prep soccer campaign officially at an end, all that remains for the Longhorn players is to await coaches voting to select the all-region team.
As a varsity starter on last year's Longhorn golf team that won the Class 3A Arizona state championship, sophomore Brandan Kelley has had more than his share of links excitement.
Andrew and Sarajane (not their real names) have a couple of things in common.
Monday, November 5
Payson Police officers arrested a Payson man early Saturday morning after he wielded a shotgun in frustration over speeding vehicles in front of his residence.
Several new projects are contributing to the rapidly changing face of Main Street and giving the town's historic district a "healthier" look in the process.
Judge Ronnie McDaniel sent a clear message to teenagers last week when he sentenced a 19-year-old male to six days in jail for harassing an elderly customer at McDonald's.
Anthony J. Alfano felt helpless, like he was trapped on an island, apart from the rest of the world.
Lauren Bartoli will be the first to admit she's not everyone's version of an accomplished athlete.
For members of the Payson Womens Golf Association, the 2001 campaign is at an end.
Girls cross country steals
By pulling off one of the biggest upsets in small-school sports history, the Lady Longhorns ran their way to the 2001 Arizona State cross country championship.
"The Waylon Pettet Show" is how Payson High School assistant coach Jack Morris summed up the Longhorns 62-41 state tournament opening round win over Eloy Santa Cruz.
A. Carter Rogers II, 57, former Camp Verde mayor, died Oct. 31, 2001. He was born April 4, 1944 in Los Angeles, Calif.
Eva Mae Metcalf, 69 of Payson, died, Nov. 4, 2001, in Payson. She was born Dec. 16, 1931, in San Bernardino, Calif.
"The Phantom of the Soap Opera" is hitting the road.
It may or may not be the very first work of art to depict frogs in bathing suits cavorting with all manner of ladybugs and bumblebees.
To welcome trick or treaters to my house, I put a fresh pumpkin on the outside table and lit my porch light.
The security of man is not worth much.
In reference to Mr. Harold Snyder's letter in the Payson Roundup Nov. 2 issue, I also question the gas prices here.
Letter writer Harold Snyder (Roundup Nov. 2) is right on when it comes to gasoline prices in Payson.
This letter is an apology to all those people I offended, or may have irritated with my stupid letter called "Pasonians and Pasonites" (Oct. 23 Roundup).
Q: Many of us up here in the Rim country are on Medicare, and we would like to know if the new ambulance service is going to honor Medicare. The previous company did not.
The World Series. Baseball's finest hour. Seven games that led to a final pitch, that last base hit that scored the winning run, the fat lady's concluding aria.
As he held 18-month-old Bodie Mully next to his mother's overturned vehicle on the Beeline Highway Friday morning, Jack Miller told anybody who would listen, "Child seats do work."
Elizabeth K. Froemming, 86, of Payson, died, Nov. 4, 2001, in Payson. She was born Feb. 16, 1915, in Milwaukee, Wis.
Estelle Delia Blumer, 94, of Young, died, Nov. 3, 2001. She was born Aug. 21, 1907, in Deming, N.M.
Is it possible?
Thursday, November 1
Gila County District 1 Supervisor Ron Christensen appeared on C-Span last week to field questions on domestic terrorism from a rural perspective.
Children will have a special place at the Payson Art League's Autumn 2001 Show and Sale this weekend at the Tonto Apache Activity Center.
Developing a failsafe system of airline security an urgent priority after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on America will be a tall order, pilot Dan Anderson says.
Local police officers and federal agents are investigating a series of threatening telephone calls that were made to Rim country dispatchers early Thursday morning.
Although the football, cross country and girls soccer seasons are not yet at an end, practices in the winter sports of basketball and wrestling began Monday.
When the final four of the state tournament is played today (Friday) at Udall Park in Tucson, one of showdowns will pit a pair of small-town neighbors against one another.
At 4 foot, 8 inches and 65 pounds, 13-year-old Kari Hardt doesn't look to be the prototype of a standout athlete.
State tournament seedings are in and 16 Arizona high school football teams are primed to begin pursuit of a Class 3A gridiron championship.
That low rumbling and grumbling sound you hear around town is the automobile driving portion of the populace reacting to the prices charged for gasoline here.
named Mamus and Simis bear tattoos. But even though they're mother and son, Simis' tattoo is not a heart with "Mom" inscribed inside.
Blanche Evelyn Burroughs Reeves, 80, of Phoenix and Pine, died Oct. 30, 2001. She was born May 23, 1921, in Golden, Colo., and graduated from Golden High School, class of 1939.
Margaret "Maggie" Coyle, 90, of Denver, died Oct. 28, 2001, in Lakewood, Colo. She was born Nov, 4, 1910, in Lyons, Colo. She moved to Longmont in 1929.
Elise Crom Sjursen, 88, of Payson, died Oct. 31, 2001, in Payson. She was born March 17, 1913, in Russell, Kan.
Q: Did Pine Country Communications go out of business when Canyon State took over dispatching emergency vehicles?
Q: Did Pine Country Communications go out of business when Canyon State took over dispatching emergency vehicles?
In Officer Les Barr's recent guest comment in support of the war on drugs, he uses terms such as "deeply disturbed" and "mindboggling" when describing the letter he so vehemently criticizes.
On Halloween night, I opened my front door to take the trash out when I encountered a startled young teenage girl who was bending down to take one of my children's jack o'lanterns.