Stories for January 2002

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Thursday, January 31

Old library to become archaeological museum

The Rim country is about to get a new museum and its original inhabitants a new home.

pony express rides into rim country

A snow-covered J. W. Macy (above, right) congratulates fellow Hashknife Pony Express rider Greg Long after arriving at the Payson post office Wednesday evening.

Last chance to cheer on Longhorns

This is an open letter to the citizens of Payson and the surrounding area.

3 arrested on drug charges, children turned over to state

Payson police officers continue to breathe down the necks of drug dealers.

The contrast between two champions

In the days leading up to the Super Bowl, it was interesting to be handed such an interesting study in contrasts of athletic-superstars.

Spend, spend, spend

An initial $870,000 (around $7 million over the next 5 years) on Green Valley Park expansion along Main Street.

Ashamed of the grave robbers

Our daughter is buried at Mountain Meadows Cemetery in Round Valley.

La Casa becomes Mill Bar-n-Grill

"It was pretty unbelievable," says Monica Sohn of Friday night, when she first opened the doors to her new enterprise, The Mill Bar-n-Grill.

Charles Buchholz

Charles F. Buchholz, 81, of Pine, died Jan. 19, 2002. He was born April 15, 1920, in Detroit, Mich.

Nancy Lueck-Barta

Nancy A. Lueck-Barta, 68, of Payson, died Jan. 28, 2002 in Payson

Leora Whitehead

Leora Marie Whitehead, 60, of Gisela, died Jan. 28, 2002, in Gisela. She was born Jan. 31, 1941 in Diamond, Okla.

Hardt nails down shot at Elks district finals

The 12- to 13-year-old boys division competition at the Elks Hoop Shoot Saturday morning in Tonto Apache gymnasium turned into a display of free throw shooting accuracy that would make Shaquille O'Neal proud.

Lady Horns wrap up season second behind Lobos

The Lady Longhorns' 52-45 win Tuesday evening over the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets, coupled with Snowflake's 71-68 triumph over Round Valley the same day, puts an end to the drama of the East region championship chase.

Footprints lead to burglar's house

A 17-year-old Star Valley boy was arrested Jan. 29 by Gila County Sheriff's Detective Brian Havey, after the teen admitted to breaking into two businesses to get money to support his methamphetamine habit.

Credit for Kids chips in $63,000 for high school's stadium project

The Payson High School stadium improvement project, which includes the construction of an all-weather running surface on the track, recently received a huge boost from the Credit for Tax program.

Ice forces dozens of vehicles off Beeline

More than 25 vehicles slid off the Beeline Highway early Wednesday evening, prompting Department of Public Safety officers to close the road for nearly two hours.

Fruth is back in the saddle again

It was good to see former Lady Longhorn basketball coach Tim Fruth resume his career after a hiatus of more than 10 years.

Longhorns underdogs against Show Low

The regular season comes to a halt this evening in Wilson Dome when the Longhorn boys basketball team hosts the league-leading Show Low Cougars. Tip off is 7:30 p.m.

Monday, January 28

Group looks at feasibility of moving county seat

A group of more than 40 people from northern Gila County are on what they call an exploratory mission to determine how the county's tax dollars are being spent.

Warm up the windpipes, it's playoff time

The most exciting parts of the winter sports seasons are just around the corner.

EAC grows to meet changing needs of Rim country

In the two years since it opened, growth at the Payson campus of Eastern Arizona College has been little short of spectacular.

Everett Rhodes

Everett P. Rhodes, 84, of Payson, died Jan. 23, 2002 in Payson. He was born Feb. 28, 1917 in Newburgh, N.Y.

Hernandez family

The Hernandez family of Tempe, Efrain, 32, Teri, 37 and Maya 23 months, died in an automobile accident Jan. 20, 2002.

Paul Elliott

Paul Homer Elliott, 90, of Payson, died Jan. 25, 2002 in Payson. He was born Nov. 13, 1911 in Arvada, Wyo.

Army should stay right where it's at

Now that the bombing is slowing down in Afghanistan and the detainees are being transferred to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba the spotlight is on U.S. Army South, and the U.S. practice bombing of Vieques, in the commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Town should support transportation industry

In 1977, after my husband retired, we moved to this great community.

Indian warfare was not terrorism

I object to the use of the word terrorism in Stan Brown's column in the Jan. 20 issue of The Rim Review.

One more example of animal abuse

Last month, Great Plains broke his back in the National Finals Rodeo and had to be killed, and his owner, stock contractor Sammy Andrews said in a prepared statement that this was "heartbreaking."

When art imitates life

It's not often art and news merge with such perfect timing. But that is the case with the arrival of the film "Black Hawk Down" in the midst of casualty reports such as these:

Wild goose chase ends with discovery of Muscovy duck

It all started with an anonymous local birder's claim that three snowgeese, including one albino, had taken up residence in Green Valley Park.

James Vance

James L. Vance, 68, of Glendale, formerly of Payson, died Jan. 14, 2002. He was born in Dexter City, Ohio.

Rate hike dead in the water

What seemed a sure thing last month a 15-percent water rate increase for all users of 5,000 gallons or more per month may be dead in the water.

four survive plane crash

Crosswinds force plane down upon landing

Pilot Howard Faltz said he was heading in for a picture-perfect landing, but instead was crashing into dirt and scrub brush as his Cessna 172 crashed on the north side of the Payson Airport runway Saturday morning.

Run to state tournament picks up steam

Coach Shaun Hardt leaves little doubt that he is elated by his team's sweep of weekend games against Round Valley, 61-57, and Alchesay, 64-37.

Wildcats, Horns derailed in single evening

The odds are not good for the nationally ranked University of Arizona basketball team losing to archrival Arizona State and the powerful Longhorn wrestling team dropping a pair of 3A dual matches all in one evening.

Local dentist named to Hall of Fame

Mention Harold Rush around the Rim country and you'll probably be told he's the friendly hometown dentist who has been the dean of dental hygiene about as long as anyone can remember.

Groomer takes bite out of pet care biz

Local pet groomer Tracy Carmean doesn't like to discriminate, but give her a Golden or Labrador retriever any day.

Club lets at-home moms live it up

Nine years ago, when Angela Benz lived in Florida, she was a stay-at-home mom whose sole company every day was her nine-month-old daughter.

Thursday, January 24

Say 'YES' to survival

If your child becomes lost in the woods, does he or she know what to do to survive?

Longhorns, Lady Horns give fans a great show

Fans in Wilson Dome Tuesday evening were treated to a pair of break-neck basketball showdowns well worth the $3 admission price.

Elks Hoop Shoot this Saturday

The Payson Elks club will host its annual hoops shoot tomorrow (Saturday) in the Tonto Apache gymnasium.

Horns find silver at Van Horn

It took the strong-willed efforts of Class 5A second-ranked Mesa Red Mountain to wrestle the Tim Van Horn Memorial Tournament championship from the Payson Longhorns.

Hashknife returns for Pony Express re-enactment

"When you're waiting for the rider who has the mail, and he starts coming up behind you, you get a lot of butterflies in your stomach," Chuck Jackman said, describing the thrills that come with being a rider in the annual Hashknife Pony Express mail run.

Loretta Parsons

Loretta Parsons, 77, of Payson, died, Jan. 21, 2002, in Payson. She was born June 8, 1924, in Johnsville, Ill.

fry, russell marry

Alan Fry, a longtime resident of Payson, and Ruth Ellen Russell, formerly of St. Petersburg, Fla., were married Dec. 9, 2001, in Laughlin, Nev.

The Enron nightmare continues

A quick response to the Enron fiasco.

FTC slams the phone on telemarketers

Strike up the band, uncork the champagne, and let there be dancing in the streets. The Federal Trade Commission, bless their hearts, has just picked up a baseball bat for use in its ongoing battle with the telemarketing industry.

Vandals break into community mailboxes

A thief or thieves have smashed into 11 community mailboxes during the last week, stealing mail and destroying several of the boxes beyond repair.

freedom hauler

Glowing with 40,000 lights powered by three generators, the Giant Industries Freedom Hauler stopped in Payson Wednesday evening at the corner of Highways 87 and 260.

County tightens leash on dog law

The leash and barking dog ordinances already in effect in District 1 are now the law throughout Gila County.

Technology, or magic?

In answer to anyone dubious of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, The Wizard of OZ, Mary Poppins, and other creative fantasies,

Edward Jones: The more, the merrier

Can you imagine Christopher Smith's reaction when his 10-year tenure as Payson's one and only Edward Jones investment representative ended last July with the simultaneous arrival in town of two Edward Jones competitors?

Rules of the road apply to children, too

I figured it was time for something new to talk about.

Pirches hook first place in bass tournament

The husband-and-wife Rim country fishing team of Clifford and Alicia Pirch hooked up to win the AllStar Bass Couples tournament Jan. 19 at Apache Lake.

P&Z approves new gas station

Payson's newest convenience store will be so convenient, you can not only gas up but also get new brakes.

Monday, January 21

Suspect loots $3,600 in midnight shopping spree

Elizabeth Ann Carleson, 36, of Phoenix was taken into custody by Payson Police after she went on a shoplifting spree at Wal-Mart Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Sen. Fannin will be greatly missed

The Tonto Apache Tribe mourns the passing of our dear friend, Senator Paul Fannin.

Ingredients for Payson's drug problem have been here for years

Mike Burkett's Jan. 11 article on the "out of control" drug problem in Payson should be read by everyone who lives in, and loves, Rim country and should serve as a wake-up call for the community at large, especially the town's leadership both political and religious.

For Brimhall, 8 is too much

Rep. Debra Brimhall has done it again.

3.2 miles of Beeline to be resurfaced

Just when you thought it was safe to go back onto the all-finished, new-and-improved Beeline Highway, the Arizona Department of Transportation has announced that construction crews are about to return for a $1.2 million resurfacing project about 23 miles south of Payson.

Vandals cause extensive damage at middle school

The Payson Police Department is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects who vandalized the Rim Country Middle School's administrative offices over the weekend.

Town may scale back water rate increase

The Payson Town Council will convene a special meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday to consider limiting the scope of a proposed water rate increase for high end users.

history takes flight over payson

He calls it his time machine. "You get in, and 60 years are erased."

Blue-collar poet writes prose for the common man

Leon Chamberlain just might be the ultimate contradiction a blue-collar worker with a passion for poetry.

Mary Nuttall

Mary Barbara Nuttall, 82, of Payson, died Jan. 13, 2002, in Payson. She was born Feb. 28, 1919, in St. Louis, Mo.

Heralded trumpeter to play at Jam

In the Arizona Diamondbacks run to the world championship last fall, trumpeter Jessie McGuire was considered by many to be the team's good-luck charm.

Shelby Iguanas nip Mavericks

The Rim Country Middle School Maverick eighth-grade boys basketball team opened the 2002 campaign on an off-note, losing to Tonto Village Shelby School 32-27.

Longhorn football booster club in the works

The Payson High School football program might soon be bolstered by a booster club that plans to help the Longhorns become a state playoff contender every year.

Crucial showdown in Wilson Dome

The East region league lead will be at stake this evening (Tuesday) when the Lady Longhorns play host to the Snowflake Lobos. Tip off is 6 p.m. in Wilson Dome.

Swim team in need of new coach

The Payson swim team is in need of a head coach.

Too much political garbage? Head to the woods

I read with some interest and much concern the front page article Dec. 25 about the landfill, featuring comments by Ron Christensen and others.

Betty Taylor

Betty Jo Taylor, 69, of Payson, died Jan. 19, 2002, in Payson. She was born Nov. 28, 1932, in Maryville, Mo.

Nina Johnsen

Nina D. Johnsen, 97, of Payson, died Jan. 18, 2002, in Payson. She was born Aug. 3, 1904, in Kansas.

William Ford

William B. Ford, 78, of Peoria, died Jan. 16, 2002. he was born March 21, 1923, in Safford, Ariz.

Six council hopefuls discuss the area's issues

A total of six candidates are running in the March 12 primary election for the three seats on the Payson Town Council being vacated by Ken Murphy, Hoby Herron and Jim Spencer, whose terms are expiring. The candidates are:

New library represents best of Payson

I was 9 years old when I signed up for my very first library card in Bluffton, Ind. With that card, my journey to adulthood and citizenship truly began.

Thursday, January 17

Emilia Flint

Emilia Irene Flint, 88, of Payson, died Jan. 15, 2002, in Payson. She was born Feb. 12, 1913, in Ballston Spa, N.Y.

bayona, krieger wed

Duane and Janice Long of Tonto Village are proud to announce the marriage of their daughter Desiree Bayona to Airman First Class Benjamin Krieger, son of Butch and Rita Krieger of Deer Creek.

Food donations were outstanding

In this time of economic uncertainty, the generous nature of citizens is amazing. Rim Country Rotary-Payson conducts a yearly Thanksgiving food drive and then leaves the collection containers in place for the Lioness Christmas food drive.

One sees beauty; another sees garbage

We find it amazing how two different people can see the same thing totally differently.

Big Brother in Payson?

I recently went into the (local bank) to cash my weekly payroll check as I have done every week for the past five years.

ADEQ: Local air improving

Despite rapid growth, tests confirm the Rim country's air quality is improving.

Disaster? No, a drill

If the incident had been real and not an extremely well-orchestrated disaster drill, the story might have read like this:

Cut from the squad? There's another chance to participate

The past two weeks at Rim Country Middle School, basketball tryouts were held and teams selected.

Qwest plan rightly irks consumers

Ernestine the snorting pinched-faced telephone company operator played for so many years by comedian Lily Tomlin had a standard line for any customers who had the gall to complain about their service. "We're the phone company." she'd say. "We don't have to care."

maher, conner marry

Payson squads face tough time on the road

Back-to-back visits to longtime archrivalsis not the ideal way for basketball teams to play their way into the postseason.

Horns nip Tucson at the wire

In one of the most dramatic dual meets ever witnessed in Wilson Dome, the Payson Longhorns rallied from a seven-point deficit to edge Tucson Flowing Wells 36-31.

Van Horn highlights sports scene

The 2002 edition of the Tim Van Horn Memorial Invitational tournament which begins today (Friday) in Wilson Dome will feature a new format.

Six town council candidates discuss the area's vital issues

A total of six candidates are running in the March 12 primary election for the three seats on the Payson Town Council being vacated by Ken Murphy, Hoby Herron and Jim Spencer, whose terms are expiring. The candidates are:

Girl struggles to regain memory after car accident

In the 30 minutes following the automobile rollover, 11-year-old Sara DeWitt was not expected to live.

Monday, January 14

Locals go postal over cards

If it hadn't been for a single childhood event, Karin Gilbert of Payson may have spent a good chunk of her life collecting ... oh, stamps, maybe.

Payson becomes a REDI community

The Rim country was officially declared a REDI community during the Payson Town Council meeting last Thursday.

Law enforcement agencies clarify policies on sex-offender notification

Conviction of a sex offense can stay with you for life. The stigma of the label "sex offender" is like a tattoo. It won't rub off.

Horns still tough, sting RV, Higley

The Longhorn wrestling team doesn't boast the power-packed nationally ranked lineup it once did, but the mat crew continues to be a force on the East regional scene.

Losing streak ends with win over Elks

A 53-39 triumph over Round Valley Saturday evening put the skids on the Lady Longhorn's three-game losing streak that featured a humbling 71-45 defeat to the Snowflake Lobos a day earlier.

Road shows loom large for East title hopes

If first-year PHS boys basketball coach Mike Loutzenheiser has his druthers, the Longhorns will sport 4-1 East region credentials at the end of this week.

Little League registration underway

Local Little League officials held the first of five player registrations yesterday at the Payson Police Department meeting room.

The insurance man cometh

It may not be the kind of thriller that keeps you up at night turning the pages in suspense, but Rim country resident Tom Russell's first published book can help you understand an increasingly important subject long-term care insurance.

Search begins for animal shelter grants

"She was so mellow and gentle and sweet, we knew this was the perfect dog," Kadi Tenney said of the mixed-breed puppy she found at the Payson Humane Society.

Information available on Tribe land exchange

An environmental assessment documenting the analysis of the proposed Tonto Apache land exchange has been completed and is available for public review and comments until Feb. 11.

Gun-toting passengers are not the solution

Should law-abiding citizens be allowed to carry guns onto commercial airline flights?

Teaching tolerance to the intolerant

In the Friday, Jan. 4, 2002, Opinion section, Larry Brophy equated Biblical Christianity with the Taliban.

'Church groups could join together'

The events that happened in the latter part of the year 2001 brought a great nation to its knees.

Community response helped young boy walk

Four months ago, an article appeared in the Roundup requesting financial assistance for Andy Biesmeier, the 12-year-old with a serious hip problem requiring immediate surgery.

Kiwanis honor spirituality

Eleven-year-old Jesse Hatch is the kind of child you always know is around.

hibbitts, dozier to marry

Elizabeth Amber Hibbitts and Daniel Lee William Dozier will be married in the LDS Chapel in Payson March 30, 2002. Elizabeth's parents are Bobby and Roxanne Hibbitts of Payson.

Endings are NEW BEGINNINGS

In my opinion, there's never been a truly great book written that didn't have a chapter about the hero's two-month marriage to a Mexico jungle woman.

Rim country SINGLES SCENE heats up

Elsewhere in this issue of The Rim Review, you will read about the marital trials and travails of one Michael Burkett.

Thursday, January 10

Paysonites helped pamper pets

An open letter to the people of Rim country:

Payson doesn't need smooth talkers

The reason most people don't vote is because they are tired of experienced politicians "in their face" with all the false promises they make before election.

Kohl's Ranch owners raze historic bar

The old cowboy bar at Kohl's Ranch is history in more ways than one.

This is justice?

I have always felt that our legal justice system, though not perfect, was there to protect all people. The guilty or not guilty, rich or poor, educated or uneducated, male or female, no matter what race, creed or religion we are.

The sun sets on public comments

The sun came up this morning in the Rim country, just like Payson Mayor Ray Schum predicted at the first town council meeting of the year Thursday evening.

Agents say meth use 'big problem in Payson'

"It's the ultimate child abuse," says Dr. Mark Ivey of women who use methamphetamines and other drugs during pregnancy.

Mayoral candidates talk about key issues

The three candidates running for mayor of the Town of Payson were invited to provide answers to a set of questions posed by the Roundup.

starting a new chapter

After the kind of lengthy wait that usually accompanies ice ages and blue moons, the brand new Payson Public Library at Rumsey Park will celebrate its gala Grand Opening tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lady Horns' hoop victory impressive

In retrospect, The Lady Longhorns 53-45 victory over Flagstaff Sinagua in the semifinals of the Payson Holiday Hoops Tournament was quite an impressive one.

Three volunteers step up to the plate for Little League

After a lengthy search, Payson Little League has finally found three volunteers to man its board of directors.

Shelby on its way to winning season

With a sweep at the Holiday Classic tournament at Beaver Creek last week, it looks like the once-dominant Shelby School Iguanas are once again playing their way to a respectable season.

Matmen finish fifth in Mingus

The challenge of taking on a big-school wrestling power will be nothing new for the Longhorn wrestling team, when Tucson Flowing Wells comes to town. The Horns take on Flowing Wells for a dual meet showdown.

Stanley Bartlett

Stanley Logan Bartlett, 60, of Tonto Basin, died, Jan. 8, 2002 in Payson. He was born Dec. 29, 1941 in Phoenix.

Doris Mull

Doris Mull, 71, died Jan. 6, 2002 in Phoenix. She was born Sept. 26, 1930 in Flagstaff.

Cheryl McGinnis

Cheryl A. Kittrell McGinnis, 40, of Payson, died Oct. 31, 2001, in Quartzite, Ariz. She was born Nov. 9, 1960, in Loma Linda, Calif.

Payson grad joins Army

The events of Sept. 11 did nothing to deter Charles Voakes from joining the Army. In fact, it reinforced his decision to serve his country.

'Apothecary Shop' offers customized medications

Because every single medical patient is different and has different needs, say Craig and Raenel Mathews, customized medications are a vital part of quality medical care yet locally, individually-produced prescriptions have only been available to those who haven't minded making regular trips to the Valley to obtain them.

Monday, January 7

Lady Horns outgunned by Tuba City

Coach Shaun Hardt's Lady Longhorn basketball players now know the road to the state championship travels through Tuba City.

Longhorns upset TC Warriors

The odds of a 3-10 team traveling to the home court of a two-time defending state champion and coming away with a win is not good.

Weekend busy for faithful Longhorn fans

Local fans have a huge agenda of sports to enjoy Saturday.

Cleanse yourselves from 'magic' influences

I wonder if your readers are aware of how many souls your "Letters" section may have saved?

Creta Woolley

Creta H. Woolley, 94, of Payson, died Jan. 7, 2002, in Payson. She was born Sept. 9, 1907, in Denver, Colo.

Antoinette Kennedy

Antoinette Jo Kennedy, 42, of Payson, died Jan. 6, 2002, in Payson. She was born Jan. 24, 1959, in Lancaster, Calif.

William Engstler

William J. "Bill" Engstler, 80, of Sun City, died Jan. 3, 2002. He was born April 2, 1921, in Crystal Lake, Iowa.

Edward Childers

Edward Howard Childers, 40, of Lebanon, Tenn. died Dec. 27, 2001, in Lebanon. He was born in 1961, in Payson.

Celinda Carr

Celinda Lee Carr, 46, of Gisela, died Jan. 5, 2002, in Scottsdale. She was born Aug. 24, 1955, in Phoenix.

creach, taylor wed

Amy Creach, daughter of Roy and Susie Creach of Payson, married Scott Taylor Saturday at the LDS Temple in Mesa.

By not voting, you're voting for overlords

Servants or Lords, which do you want to elect?

'Harry Potter' had nothing to do with Wicca

In response to "Get all the facts before praising Harry Potter," I must say that one indeed needs to have the facts before praising or defiling Harry Potter.

Dog owners should take responsibilities seriously

On New Year's Eve day I went hiking on the Highline Trail near Pine and was, at one point, confronted by two aggressive dogs one a rottweiler with neither leash nor owners to be found.

Irresponsible pet owners may be deterred by fines

Bravo to Gila County rabies control officer Mick Greer for his efforts to bring the perpetrator to justice in the puppy abandonment case reported in the Jan. 4 issue of the Payson Roundup.

Meth baby, deserves hope, compassion

Nothing has changed. The moral of the story remains the same.

Which way is which?

With a renewed sense of patriotism in America, and a newfound respect for the Arizona flag, several people have reported sightings of the state flag flying upside down.

Chamber announces new board nominees

Although nominations will continue to be accepted until this Thursday, Jan. 10, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce nominating committee has announced its slate of candidates to fill four seats within the organization's board of directors.

Man arrested for DUI also found with child porn

Asher D. Emerson, 51, of Avondale was arrested for DUI on Friday.

Sometimes it's better to 'keep your mouth shut'

As of late, the editorials have been full of the very overworked phrase "respect his/her right to express their opinion" but have you noticed, they don't really mean it?

christmas recycled

Parks employees Keith Brown (pictured) and Ed Heinecke shred the first batch of Christmas trees dropped off by residents.

Ben Franklin brings learning to life

When you tour schools portraying Benjamin Franklin you can expect some interesting reactions, and Alan Prewitt who is bringing his one-man show to the Rim country Wednesday and Thursday has had his share.

Work ethic helped Rockow to the top

The first question that naturally springs to mind as you're talking to this woman is, "So, how's the marriage to Brad Pitt going?"

Water therapy makes recovery easier

If someone told you they were swimming in an "endless pool," you would probably envision the ocean.

Payson on track for new facility

The long-awaited nine-lane all-weather running surface on the Payson High School track is projected to become a reality late this summer.

Coaches convention to feature PHS trio

After watching the Lady Longhorns win three consecutive Class 3A state track and field championships and a girls state cross country crown last fall, Arizona high school coaches are trying to learn the secrets of Payson's success.

Thursday, January 3

Payson Feed now bigger, better at new location

Payson Feed & Pet Supply has moved to new digs, and animal lovers and pet owners around the Rim country are reveling in the added features and conveniences.

Globe native new county attorney

Daisy Gilker, 30, of Globe has been appointed to the position of Gila County Attorney, County Supervisor Ron Christensen said.

Haught released from jail seven months early

Roy George Haught is out of jail seven months early.

Teen shot in domestic dispute

Dustin D. Smith, 21, was arrested by Payson police last night, around 10:20 p.m., following a domestic disturbance in which a 17-year-old female was shot in the abdomen.

the love 'em or leave 'em law

Arriving at work one snowy morning last month, Payson Humane Society manager Diane Fitzpatrick found a cardboard box on the front stoop.

Hard-luck Horns fall 1-2 at Camp Verde

Refusing to take advantage of charity offered, the Longhorn boys basketball team wrapped up play in last weekend's Camp Verde Invitational with a disappointing 1-2 slate.

Lady Longhorns score silver at Holiday Hoops

Finishing with a 3-1 record, the Lady Longhorns (11-2 overall) played their way to a second-place finish in the Holiday Hoops Invitational basketball tournament.

Aurelia Ray

Aurelia Ray, 100, of Payson, died Jan. 1, 2002, in Payson. She was born Jan. 30, 1901, in Paris, Texas.

Horns find 103-pound grappler

There's good news and bad news for Dave LaMotte's Longhorn wrestling program.

Driver rolls while fleeing police

David Quinonez Guerra, 30, was arrested and charged with seven felony counts after he rolled his vehicle with two children inside on Main Street Thursday.

Volunteers make Holiday Hoops topnotch event

The Holiday Hoops girls basketball tournament was another example of how well the school and community work together to host a topnotch athletic event.

Dorothy Armer

Dorothy W. Armer, 77, of Payson, died Jan. 2, 2002, in Payson. She was born Jan. 28, 1924, in Waterloo, Iowa.

Government needs to flush out the snakes

Here are two hypothetical situations:

We should all respect our differences

I debated about responding to David Waterman's reference to me in his latest letter of warning against the evils of Harry Potter.

A Taliban attitude in Payson

Three years in Payson is long enough to see that the attitude we deplore in the Taliban fanatics is sadly alive and well here as well.

Cast your ballot for Payson's best

We know. Your mind is already boggled by the vast diversity of mayoral and town-council candidates who are now in the process of shaking your hands, kissing your babies, promising a chicken in every pot, and vowing to forever alter life as we know it in Payson.

Claude Bray

Claude A. Bray, 86, died Jan. 1, 2002, in Peoria, Ariz. He was born and raised in the Montana and Wyoming areas, where his family lived until moving to the Gisela and Payson area in 1986.