Three Students Receive Rusty Cooper Scholarships

CHRISTOPHER CREEK

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Payson High School students, John Ewing, John Charles Jackman and Lauri Leafty each received a $2,200 college scholarship Saturday from the 7th Annual Rusty Cooper Memorial Starship Golf Tournament at Pine Meadows Country Club in Overgaard.

Thanks to the Landmark for hosting the event, and to all who had anything to do with making this a very successful tournament.

Those in charge of the tournament are very proud of all the support they received from their sponsors, players and businesses around the state.

Trophies went to:

Best Score: Men, "Bubba" Babb; Women, Mary Klinzing.

Longest drive: Men, Jeff Carlson; Women, Mary Klinzing.

Best golf story: Matt Maxwell and Bruce Holmes.

Best golf attire: Rod Britian.

It was a beautiful day for a tournament, and it was definitely for a very good cause.

Rusty Cooper's dream was to be a teacher. After 20 years as an electrician, he went back to school to fulfill his dream.

On Nov. 2, 1996, a few months prior to graduation, Rusty died of a heart attack at the age 44. He was awarded his diploma posthumously, and this tournament has once again benefited Payson High School seniors in Rusty's memory. Rusty would be proud for his dream is living on in others.

Education is important and we truly hope these students will achieve all they can in life.

Fire business

The Christopher Creek Homeowners meeting is at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday) at the fire station. Karen Thorton and the water committee, Chuck Schmitt, Vicki Grootegood, David and Jackie Ezzell and Margo Holmes, have been studying various water issues since January. They will have a report at this meeting.

Representatives from the fire department will be talking about preparedness issues for the coming fire season. There will be a

discussion on what the association can do to encourage and/or assist property owners to clean up their property to reduce fire risk in the community. It seems that some properties are not only extreme eyesores, but also pose a fire risk to other homeowners. They would appreciate input from all homeowners in the community.

Bingo's back!

Also, this Saturday is the start of bingo, with caller Mike Milburn. I am sure he will be in rare form. There will be a potluck at 6 p.m. and bingo starts at 7 p.m.

Funfest

The Firebelles are gearing up for their big "Funfest" Saturday, May 31. Join them for a fun-filled day of games and events at the Christopher/Kohl's Fire Department. They are planning a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by a craft and bake sale, games, prizes and more. Please come and bring the kids. All proceeds go to the fire department. If you would like to help, call Dee at 478-0010.

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