News for Thursday, May 2, 2002

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Town needs a recreation center

I feel that Payson needs a recreation center for the youth. I think this would decrease the number of kids getting into trouble.

Pettet's crew dreams of second state championship

Because the Arizona Interscholastic Association finalized the 1A through 5A state tournament bracketings early this week, the Payson Longhorn baseball team now knows the route to the school's second state championship.

Mayor, council hopefuls to debate

There will be a debate after all. The four candidates left standing after the town's primary election have agreed to participate in a debate at 7 p.m. Friday, May 10, in the Payson High School Auditorium.

Murphy exits job at nursing facility

Town of Payson mayoral candidate Ken Murphy is no longer executive director of the Manzanita Manor senior-care facility.

Fire crews prepare for challenging summer

With the first major wildland fire of the season raging in southern Arizona, Payson Fire Chief John Ross announced new emergency procedures for the Rim country.

Wellness forum Payson's 'premier event for women'

In its fourth edition, the annual Women's Wellness Forum will once again unite Rim country females for a day of information, fellowship and fun and allow them to live up to this year's theme, "Take a Day Just for You."

Illegals catch ride to Payson in motor home

It happens hundreds of times every day. Mexico's poor and impoverished, lured by visions of glamour, money and the good life, sneak across the border to see what fortune might await them in the United States.

McQuerrey returns to Roundup roots

Teresa McQuerrey is a new name to most of our more recent readers, but it is one with which some of our longtime subscribers may be familiar.

Question the candidates

It seems like forever since you could drive down a street uncluttered by White, Murphy, Henley or Knapp signs sprouting in yards and medians.

White needs to meet challenge of debate

An Open Letter to Jim White: Your willingness to serve and go through the process to serve the town of Payson as its mayor is commendable.

Payson does need a full-time mayor

"I really don't think we need a full-time mayor?" That was the statement of Kenneth Murphy's April 26 KMOG radio address.

Murphy's abilities should not be lost

The contest for mayor in the primary election was a surprising reflection upon the voters of Payson, namely a desire for change at any cost.

Henley is the man for the job

We believe that Robert Henley is the most qualified candidate for Payson's Town Council and we urge other citizens to vote for him at the May 21 election.

Murphy supports both young and old

Four years ago, when Payson Youth Organization was founded, we looked to Ken Murphy to help lend credibility to our fund-raising efforts and to assist us in achieving our goal that no child who wanted to participate in a sporting activity would be denied access because of lack of funding.

Airport training may save a life

On March 30, as a public service, the Payson Pilots Association and Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 810 staged a training exercise for the local fire departments.

Murphy is the man for Payson

We haven't written a letter to the Payson Roundup in some years, but the upcoming election is so important, we feel the need to express our opinion about a choice for the next mayor.

What's up?

Q: Regarding the What's Up question in the April 30 Roundup about new house numbers in Mesa del Caballo, it's a fallacy that the people in that community think they are protected by the new system. The numbers were supposed to be distributed by the end of January and they weren't.

4 Seasons relocates to Rye

Mark Svir is one savvy Rim businessman, and he can prove it.

Brunsons celebrate golden anniversary

Charles and Sherry Brunson will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a potluck luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4.

Richard "Elzey" "Moe" "Dick" Ellsworth James

Richard Ellsworth James, 73, of Strawberry and Scottsdale, died April 26, 2002.

Betty Jean Ruttum

Betty Jean Ruttum, 67, of Payson, died April 29, 2002 in Phoenix.

Lady Horns favorite for region title

Clutching a bevy of Class 3A top-10 event rankings, the Lady Longhorns enter today's (Friday) East championships in Lakeside as solid favorites to win their fifth consecutive regional title.

Special Olympians head to Summer Games

For more than 30 Rim country competitors and another 2,000 from around the state, year-round Special Olympics competition wraps up this weekend at Arizona's 34th Annual Summer Games.

Longhorn golfers finish second in East region

Battling wind gusts of up to 45 mph, the defending state champion Longhorn golf team had to settle for a second-place finish at the East regional championships April 26 and 27 on the par-70 Snowflake Municipal Course.

Lee named Grand Canyon Games' Top Male Athlete

Payson High School's Zack Lee one of most accomplished wrestlers in the Longhorn program has been named the Grand Canyon State Games' Top Male Athlete.