Saturday, March 30
While Payson historian and "Back When" columnist Stan Brown has dibs on most things historical in these parts, this is one story he's never told because it happened pre-"Back When" in an era I have given the working title "Way Back When."
I used to look forward to my son's birthday, but the event isn't nearly as much fun as it once was. The boy has caught on.
Thursday, March 28
The Gila County Narcotics Task Force arrested two people for possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Ask Teri Nanty why the local Rotary Club hand-picked her to travel to Malaysia for one full month to share information about her profession, and this 29-year-old graphics designer will tell you that she met all of the organizations' technical qualifications.
Easter services in the Rim country:
A three-day jaunt to Denver, Colo. left Longhorn wrestling coach Dave LaMotte sporting a smile that might be equaled only by a person just told he was clutching a winning lottery ticket.
After spending much of the first half of the season toiling on the road, the defending state champion Payson Longhorn golf team is primed and ready for some old-fashioned home cooking.
Spend some time Saturday by helping others. You can do this by having your car washed, enjoying a mouth-watering green chili burrito, then gobbling down some delicious home-cooked baked goods.
He didn't win, but local spelling champion Ben Paric made a promise to return to the Arizona Spelling Bee next year.
I agree with your guest writers, Dave Engleman (March 10) and Jack Jasper (March 22).
Many thanks for printing Jack Babb's comments on wildfire safety.
In 4A and 5A big city track and field circles, Whitney Hardt's stunning upset of Duke-bound Sally Myerhoff in both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs was a real shocker.
The Lady Longhorn softball team added one more win to its credit Tuesday with a crushing defeat over Chinle, 14-0.
With spring break coming to an end, the Longhorn junior varsity golf team is focusing its attention on an upcoming 9-hole tournament against an East region field.
Ira Clarence Werley, 71, of Payson, died March 23, 2002, in Payson.
John W. "Woody" Kring, 84, of Humboldt, died March 23, 2002, in Phoenix.
Q: Why is there no sign at Sunflower telling you that you are there? There are signs on either side before you get there telling you how many miles to Sunflower, but none telling motorists they've reached Sunflower.
My mom recently joined a volunteer organization called Santa's List.
What is growth? To develop and reach maturity. Is Payson capable of growth? Will we expand, thrive, flourish?
Thomas Edison had a fast answer for a reporter who asked what is was like to fail 2,000 times before successfully inventing the light bulb.
A few years ago, townspeople banded together to build the Rim country's first skate park.
According to editor Jerry Thebado, his mother is sane, did what most mothers do, and is presumably a candidate for sainthood.
Richard M. Van Vorhees, 79, of Payson, died March 14, 2002 in Torrance, Calif.
Rita Riell-Corbin is scheduled to be sentenced at 9 a.m., April 15 in Gila County Superior Court by Judge Charles A. Irwin, visiting judge from Cochise County.
School Superintendent Herb Weissenfels and School Board member Kristi Ford agree that Gov. Jane Hull's recent proposed $150 million budget cut would "devastate" Arizona's schools including those within the Payson Unified School District.
This year's edition of Payson Parks and Recreation's Easter Egg Scramble set to commence Saturday morning in Green Valley Park will not just stick to tradition by providing a variety of free and fun activities for youngsters and their families.
Monday, March 25
Perhaps the most impressive prediction in the Roundup/Sawmill Theatres' First Annual Academy Awards Contest was one proffered by Robert Pearson of Payson.
The Payson Police drug enforcement unit served three search warrants and arrested nine people on drug-related charges over a 48-hour period last week.
Tonto Apache track and field coach Billy Joe Winchester wasn't expecting the seven team members who participated in an amateur meet held last Saturday at Glendale Community College to do well.
The Lady Longhorn softball team competed in a 22-team tournament in Kingman over the weekend, finishing in the top six. Due to the number of teams, all games were limited to five innings or a 90-minute time limit.
Battling a field of six 2A and 3A foes at the Globe Tiger Invitational, the Longhorn track and field teams earned silver and bronze medal honors.
The town council has another long evening scheduled Thursday with a corporate strategic plan meeting at 5 p.m. followed by the regular council meeting at 6 p.m.
When the Rim country's newest radio station takes to the airwaves in a few months, Steve Bingham hopes its call letters will be KPSN.
Boasting 13-3-1 credentials (3-0 in the East region), the Longhorns are off to their best start in school baseball history.
Vertielee Floyd, 73, of Payson, died March 23, 2002, in Scottsdale.
One of America's most profound and persistent health problems alcohol abuse and alcoholism affects more than half of American adults who have a family member with an alcohol problem, and costs society about $185 billion each year.
A kickoff breakfast, business meeting and four-man scramble highlighted the Payson Men's Golf Association opening day March 20 at Payson Golf Course.
Easter/Holy Week services in Rim country include:
Dr. Milo S. Willis, 77, of Payson died March 22, 2002, at his home.
William H. Overton, 77, of Payson, died March 22, 2002, in Payson.
Q: Is the town going to repaint the white striping on Highway 87 soon? It's almost invisible near the major intersections.
Boy, oh boy! Aren't bandwagons something? You can hop on one, jump around, gladhand everyone on board, and to the crowd you pass by, you look just like, sound just like, everyone who was on it when the parade started.
Let me describe someone to you who lives in our community. He (or she) moved here from California (or any other state) from an active community where he raised his children, supported his community and actively participated in community activities.
From six sincere individuals having impressive qualifications to serve the citizens of Payson, two were voted in as members of your town council. I felt humble and pleased to be one of them.
Last week, I lost a friend at the Payson Humane Society. His name was "Nipper" and he had been there for a long time.
When someone laughs, heartily and sincerely, as they tell you the story of how their house nearly burnt to the ground just 5 months ago, you can pretty much rest assured that they have a healthy sense of humor. Becky Acord has a very healthy sense of humor.
As the Strawberry Patchers Guild completed their fifth annual quilt-a-thon Friday night, the merry bunch of exhausted quilters laughed, joked and bragged about the work they completed.
Eric Holliday was taken to Payson Regional Medical Center Friday night after wrecking a 1982 Yamaha motorcycle on Highway 87.
Norma Cline was named outstanding citizen/volunteer of the year March 2 at the 6th Annual Tonto Basin Chamber of Commerce Camaraderie.
Leader and legend. Those two words, more than any others, were uttered by town leaders as they spoke about the death Saturday of Vertielee Floyd two days after her 73rd birthday.
There are always pleasures, and sometimes joys, to be found at the annual Academy Awards ceremony.
Thank you to the Roundup and Fire Marshal Babb for the excellent article, "Fire safety begins at home."
Thursday, March 21
Payson girls beat
Sophomore second baseman Chad McRae had the hot bat in a doubleheader against Phoenix Christian and Fountain Hills Saturday, March 16, at Fountain Hills.
No time for a land exchange now that some local investors, who have been working behind closed doors for sometime, have devised a plan to revive about 400 acres of the discarded Payson IV land exchange, the town government has decided to support them.
I want to thank and congratulate the 2,311 votes against government again trying to protect us against our will.
The Rim is alive with the sound of music. And the sweetest notes are coming from Kevin Bailey and Wes Hathaway, co-owners of the Payson Music Center.
An indictment handed down by a Gila County grand jury charges Rim Trail Domestic Water Improvement District manager Joseph Knoell with three felonies related to the operation of that system.
A rear-ended pickup truck flipped over on its side in the driveway of Ace Hardware Wednesday morning, narrowly missing vehicles in the store's parking lot.
Steve Sherwood of Snowflake is optimistic that his jackpot team roping this weekend, March 23 and 24, at the Payson Event Center will draw 600 teams.
In Friday's paper I read the very complimentary letter written by Jack Sheahan in regards to the Town Hall Election Board.
Who will go home with a bald, naked, gold-plated statuette at the close of Sunday evening's 74th Annual Academy Awards brouhaha?
The wait is over.
Dogs, everyone would agree, are man's best friends. It's man you've got to worry about.
In regard to the Roundup article about Mary Shelley losing her son when his car was struck by a DPS Officer in pursuit:
Mary Sue Ybarrondo, 68, of Payson, died March 14, 2002, in Payson. She was born April 5, 1933, in Amarillo, Texas.
I recently had the sad experience of losing a good friend and companion. Huck was a nine-month-old Aussie-Border collie mix.
Tuesday, March 19
In a merciful world, no parent would be forced to view such horror. But in the flaming heckhole of reality, I had no choice. And it was worse than I ever could have imagined.
Monday, March 18
In closing my campaign for Payson mayor, I want to say thank-you to each voter who supported me.
The Lady Horns' softball team huddled on the Snowflake Lobos' field prior to the game Friday, March 15 and made a solemn vow to show "no mercy."
Without sophomore running star Whitney Hardt in the lineup, the three-time defending state champion Lady Longhorn track and field team had to settle for a second-place finish at a three-way meet March 13 at Valley Christian High School
With each new outing, the defending state champion Longhorn golf team proves it has the links stuff to make a second successive run at the Class 3A crown.
Some advice for the 14 Payson football players who will be participating in this summer's Nebraska Cornhusker camp don't take any Sun Devil gear.
The Pine vacation home of a Phoenix family went up in flames Saturday night and was reduced to ashes. Fire officials have ruled the blaze accidental.
The Gila County DUI Task Force arrested five allegedly impaired motorists March 15.
Wende Waggoner and Tami McCloud have teamed up to preserve and restore what they hope will be an important piece of the Rim country's heritage.
If Payson resident Mary Shelley gets her way, all of Arizona's police agencies will one day be forbidden from engaging in high-speed pursuits unless it is necessary to save a life.
I am the youngest of five children.
The primary election is over. Comments please:
I was more than a little disappointed to hear that Proposition 301 had been defeated. It's a shame that rhetoric turned a safety issue into a personal property rights issue.
The support I have received since the beginning of the campaign for Payson Town Council has been a very humbling and overwhelming experience. I am so grateful to all of you who supported me in so many ways.
Jeri Johnson, a member of the Tonto Apache Tribe in Payson, and Joseph "JJ" DeCola were married on the Colorado River, in Laughlin, Nev. on New Year's Eve.
Ray and Mary Louise Smith celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary March 15.
Thelma Bell Brooks, 93, of Payson, died March 16, 2002, in Payson. She was born Nov. 2, 1908, in Oakland, Calif.
M. Kathryn Dimmitt, 69, of Payson, died March 17, 2002. She was born Jan 11, 1933, in Agency, Iowa.
Lloyd J. Tiffany, 73, of Fountain Hills, died March 11, 2002. He was born July 29, 1928 in Phrophetstown, Ill.
Virginia M. (Ginny) Wright, 94, of Midvale, Idaho, died March 4, 2002. She was born Sept. 17, 1907, in St. Louis, Mo. She was a longtime resident of Payson.
Mary M. Cundiff, 80, of Happy Jack, died March 17, 2002 in Payson. She was born Dec. 7, 1921 in Port Huron, Mich.
Virginia L. Gunderson, 79, of California, died March 8, 2002.
You don't have to be a rocket scientist or even a firefighter to know that the danger of wildfires is going to be extreme this summer, and that's always a major concern to Rim country residents.
For second-year Lady Longhorn basketball coach Shaun Hardt, the past campaign will always be fondly etched in his memory.
Martha E. Beck, 72, of Payson, died March 13, 2002 in Payson. She was born Oct. 1, 1929 in Paducah, Ky.
I don't know about you, but whenever I see the Northern Gila County Fire Chiefs Association Mass Casualty Trailer around town it gives me the willies.
Dessie V. Martin, 91, a longtime resident of Payson and Phoenix, died March 12, 2002.
Suzie Mize, 86, died March 6, 2002. She was born to Avon Walters and Gertrude Stark Aug. 20, 1915 in Indianola, Okla.
Clark R. Taylor, 49, of Payson, died March 16, 2002, in Payson. He was born Nov. 2, 1952, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Friday, March 15
The Payson Women's Golf Association nine-hole group will host a kickoff luncheon at noon March 28 at Fargo's Restaurant.
For coach Rory Huff, the 10-7 credentials compiled by the Lady Longhorns' junior varsity basketball team represented "a very successful season."
A 49-43 loss to WhiteriverSaturday at Show Low High School ended the Rim Country Middle School eighth-grade boys basketball team's dream of winning a White Mountain League championship.
Payson's 159-173 victory over Desert Christian Saturday in Tucson leaves little doubt golf competition in the 3A conference is a tad better than the smaller 2A.
Life on the road has been good to the Longhorn baseball team.
Thursday, March 14
Jerzy A. Romanowski, 69, of Payson, died March 11, 2002. He was born Oct. 2, 1932, in Krakow, Poland.
Payson police seized methamphetamine and marijuana that was packaged for sale when they served a search warrant on the residence occupied by Sylvia Vasquez, 36, at Mountain Shadows RV Park.
Gary Erlbaum, 79, of Payson, died Feb. 28, 2002. He was born Oct. 27, 1922, in Leipzig, Germany.
Steven A. Horn, 42, and Steven E. Shiflett, 50, both of Payson were arrested late Tuesday night by the Gila County Narcotics Task Force.
Fred Stidham might not be alive today if 17-year-old Cole LaBonte had not been traveling behind the local teacher and motorcycle enthusiast on Highway 87 Sunday afternoon.
Rebecca Jones is nearly a child herself.
The Payson Fire Department wishes to thank those people who voted in support of the fire code amendments, and also those who voted against the measure for exercising their constitutional right to vote and being civil, despite the different perspectives. Although politics can bring about significant emotionalism, the vast majority of those supporting certain candidates and propositions did so with intelligence, courtesy and tolerance.
Thanks for the notoriety, (letters to editor, Feb. 26) but I believe that the integrity of the Payson Roundup's Best of Payson is and always has been intact.
W. Spencer Fritz, 85, of Miami, died Feb. 18, 2002 in Payson. He was born May 16, 1916, in Hillsdale, N.J. He grew up in Chatam, N.J. He moved to Miami in 1927 from Tucson.
Equality... As I was departing my local doctor's office this morning, election day, the lift I use to place my wheelchair in the bed of my pickup truck broke.
Mayoral candidates Ken Murphy and Jim White can't wait to get back at it, while town council foes Kenny Knapp and Robert Henley would rather face anybody besides one another.
One of Payson's oldest dining and drinking establishments closed its doors Tuesday.
Now that the elections are over, no doubt everyone has other gripes about this or that. Here are some of my least offensive ones, not necessarily in any order of importance.
Ray and Mary Louise Smith celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary March 15. The couple was married March 15, 1942 in Chadron, Neb.
Andrew and Ruby Cargill of Payson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary March 9.
Payson infant Geoffrey Byrne is still in a University of Southern California hospital and still in need of a liver transplant.
Tuesday, March 12
Mayoral candidates Ken Murphy and Jim White will square off in a May 21 runoff election after neither managed to gain a majority in Tuesday's primary election.
Monday, March 11
Edward M. Skill, 88, of Payson, died March 10, 2002, in Payson. He was born Jan. 2, 1913, in Chicago, Ill.
For pet owners in the Rim country, there are responsibilities that cannot be taken lightly.
One of the reasons Dr. Gary Cornette became a medical professional is that he wanted to help those for whom health care was unavailable or prohibitively expensive.
Election day morning, Arizona Department of Transportation workers were directed to remove all illegally posted political signs on highway right-of-ways in Payson.
The Payson Town Council will consider a resolution endorsing the Payson IV Land Exchange at its 6 p.m. meeting Thursday at Town Hall.
It is shocking to read Bob Jacobs' letter in the Roundup of March 5 about a water issue.
Theodore Frederick Fiedler, 89, of Payson, died March 8, 2002, in Payson. He was born June 20, 1912, in Holyoke, Colo.
The way you've probably heard it is, "You are what you eat." The way it was actually said is, "Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are."
It was just two months ago that 11-year-old Sara De Witt was laying on a New Mexico highway as emergency medical workers feared they would not be able to save her life.
The Ox Bow Inn has been declared eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, the nation's official list of properties considered worthy of preservation.
Eva M. Choate, 87, of Cheney, Wash., died March 7, 2002, in Spokane, Wash. She was born Jan. 26, 1915, in Asahka, Idaho.
Drop by the Payson High School weight room most any afternoon and you'll find plenty of activity.
A shutout in three events 100 meters, 200 meters and the triple jump wasn't enough to slow the Lady Longhorns express as it steamed toward the championship of the Desert Classic Invitational track and field meet.
LeeAnn Owens secured her spot as lead-off hitter for the Lady Longhorn softball team Thursday, March 7 when she batted a thousand with three singles in Payson's 5-2 win over St. Johns.
Those planning on attending the Mogollon Sporting Association banquet should purchase their tickets at soon as possible.
A family in Rye lost two animals last week when the fox that attacked them was determined to be rabid.
By the time you read this, the campaigning will be over, the winners will be planning their victory speeches, the losers will be smiling through gritted teeth ... and the fat lady will have sung the finale to the 2002 primary elections.
I would like to express my observation regarding those who are seeking public office in the upcoming primary (March 12) for the Payson Town Council.
I would like to comment on your recent Best of Payson awards.
(Recently) on Highway 87, I stopped at a red traffic light.
For Payson High School art teacher George Conley, it's what teaching is all about.
Earl and LaVerne Cheek will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary Thursday, March 28.
William "Bill" Thomas Reamer, 70, of Tonto Basin, died March 8, 2002, in Tonto Basin. He was born Aug. 14, 1931, in Browerville, Minn.
Now that Spring Break is almost upon us, Green Valley Lake has been stocked, and fishing-license season is nearly in full swing, I can think of no more vital information to impart than the following tips, which collectively I have titled, "How to Take Your Children on Their Very First Fishing Expedition Without Going Completely Insane."
Thursday, March 7
There is hardly a thread in the fabric of American life that has not been touched by the events of Sept. 11 and their aftermath.
Firefighters from the Payson Ranger District and the Payson Fire Department responded to a brush fire at the Houston Mesa Campground Wednesday morning, March 6.
Before the Payson Fire Department's new ladder truck ever had a chance to be used for a local blaze, it was consumed by fire 50 miles south of town as it was being delivered.
The Longhorn boys track and field team projected to be much better than last year's squad that finished ninth in the state struggled to an eighth-place showing at the 22-team Desert Classic Invitational held Saturday in Queen Creek.
A foursome of Longhorn basketball players will soon be tacking All-East region plaques on their walls of fame.
Under the tutelage of sixth-grade teacher Ross Carpenter, the Rim Country Middle School seventh-grade boys basketball team played its way to the championship of the season-ending White Mountain League tournament.
Clifford F. Peterson, Jr., 79, of Phoenix and Pine, died March 4, 2002. He was born Aug. 14, 1922, on a ranch near Patagonia, and graduated from Superior High School in 1940.
As it turns out, the former JB's Restaurant on the prime real-estate corner of Highways 87 and 260 is not going to sit there, unoccupied, into eternity.
If the Rim Country Middle School eighth-grade boys and girls basketball teams won tournament quarterfinal games yesterday (Thursday), they will advance to the White Mountain final four to be played tomorrow in Show Low. (Results were not available at press time).
The campaign is finally winding down, and registered voters who haven't yet cast their ballots will go to the polls from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to select a new mayor and three town council members.
Ken Murphy with his seven and more years as councilman is qualified and ready to be mayor.
Vote no on Proposition 301. The fire sprinkler proposition on your ballot has a hidden agenda which affects your private property rights.
Sawmill Crossing and the lakes at Green Valley Park were on a list of strengths, while fear and a lack of vision were identified as threats to the Main Street Program by participants in a recent strategic planning seminar.
As I'm sure you're aware, the primary election for town council and mayor is March 12.
Consider this letter a personal testimony on behalf of Ken Murphy for our next mayor. Ken has proven time and again his passion and dedication to Payson and our country through service.
What if they gave an election and nobody came?
Monday, March 4
Betty C. Gerdes, 76, of Show Low, died March 1, 2002.
Margaret Ann Burt, 80, of Payson, died Feb. 24, 2002 in Payson.
A fourth-grade teacher from Copper Rim School in Globe was arrested Friday, March 1, and is facing multiple drug charges.
With the fire still boiling under the mayoral and council race, the time also has come for anyone who may be considering running for an office within the Gila County government to make a decision.
Mayor Ray Schum is passionate about the need to maintain home rule in Payson, warning of dire consequences if voters turn the option down at the polls next Tuesday.
Recent studies report that nearly 90 percent of all U.S. high school graduates are not financially literate. But a 26-ton, bright red bus was in Payson Monday to help change that.
Lady Longhorn track and field coaches are scrambling to fill the void created by the loss of three standout athletes who produced 126 points and five gold medals at last season's state championship meet.
If Payson High School boys track and field coach Chuck Hardt's predictions hold true, the 2002 squad will be better than the team that finished ninth at state last season. "We should be much deeper and much improved," he said.
One of the most remarkable feats in Payson High School golf history has been pulled off by a Longhorn team that was originally thought to be less talented than last year's record-setting state championship squad.
As a self-proclaimed western artist, it figures that a lot of Jim Hagen's paintings include cowboys and horses.
Hailey Erin Reves was born at 4:31 a.m., Feb. 11, 2002 to Chris and Tonya Reves.
Bob and Shirley Brill, of Payson, are happy to announce the arrival of their twin granddaughters, Stella, 4 pounds 12 ounces, and Delaney, 5 pounds 5 ounces.
Literacy program helps Rim country residents read
At most birthday parties, the revelers are served cake and ice cream. At this one, they got "Green Eggs and Ham."
Theodore P. King, 87, of Payson, died March 1, 2002.
Since January, when U.S. investigators at Cuba's Guantanamo Bay Naval Base began interrogating some 300 detainees of the Afghan war suspected terrorists who fought for al-Qaida or the ousted Afghan Taliban regime many Americans have no doubt guessed that torture or other forms of physical abuse would play a key role in the process.
When the curtain rises on the Payson High School Drama Department's production of "Anne of Green Gables" beginning Thursday evening, it will seem like a visit with an old friend for many in the audience.
Q: I heard there is a new organization in town called PUMAA that has something to do with airport operations. Is there such an organization and what is its purpose? Are there plans to expand the airport?
Last year we had a column in the Payson Roundup, a one-hour talk about taxes on station KMOG, two presentations at the Citizens Awareness Committee, many phone calls from people regarding their assessment, advising them to send in a residential petition for review of valuation, that could be (obtained) from the assessor's office in Payson, but it seemed to fall on deaf ears.
It is shocking to read Dan Adams letter in the Roundup of Feb. 26 about our water problem in town.
The recent article in the sports section of the Roundup regarding the Mogollon Sporting Association was well-deserved recognition for an outstanding organization that supports our local schools and wildlife.
Diabetes is a chronic illness affecting many people in the Payson area. It is controllable, not curable. For this reason, the diabetic must have the knowledge and support to live with the disease on a daily basis.
Just a short letter concerning the alleged statement made by Jim White about firing everyone in town hall.
It seems lately that with each edition of the paper we are seeing the same thing. He said, she said and they said ... Where is it all going to end?
As I read the editorial page weekly, I'm confronted with someone writing about why they want me to vote for the candidate of their choice.
Recently there has been remarks that Jim White, if elected mayor, would terminate our chief of police.
This letter is an unsolicited endorsement for John Wilson, town council candidate. July 2, 2002 will be the ninth anniversary of our move to Payson and we will be forever grateful that you didn't close Payson's doors before we found you.
Mayor Ray Schum and the other members of the Payson Town Council were in an expansive mood during last Thursday's meeting.
Members of the Payson Women's Golf Association are gearing up for what they hope will be another banner year on the course.
The Lady Longhorn softball team had a full day of diamond action Saturday, March 2.
Longhorn baseball coach Teddy Pettet's team is off to its best start in his 13 years at the helm of the program.
Albert Ray "Bud" Hydeman, 84, of Payson, died March 3, 2002.