Armstrong's Tour Of Hope Passes Through Payson Sunday

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World champion cyclist Lance Armstrong is partnering with Bristol-Meyers Squibb to create the Tour of Hope, a week-long cycling journey across America. About 25 adult cyclists -- all cancer survivors --ill ride across America, starting in Los Angeles tomorrow (Saturday) and ending in Washington D.C. Oct. 18. The cyclists will be organized into teams of five riders each who will relay across the country. Each team will ride a 55 to 60-mile leg, then the next relay team will take over. The teams will ride continuously to complete the 3,000 miles from Los Angeles to Washington D.C.

The tour will be changing relay teams at the Moose Lodge parking lot on Highway 260 in Star Valley at about 10 a.m. on Oct. 12. The public is welcome to come out to the Moose Lodge and encourage the relay teams on their trip. The Moose Lodge will be serving breakfast starting at 9 a.m.

Homecoming applause

The many students, teachers, sponsors and coaches who helped put on last week's homecoming festivities should be applauded for their efforts.

It was a fun-filled week highlighted by the Longhorns win over Pinnacle.

Everyone associated with the festivities should be proud of what was accomplished during a week highlighted by assemblies, pep rallies, a parade, cross country run, benefit steak dinner, volleyball games, dance and the football game.

While watching the floats pass by in the parade, it was obvious that hours of preparation went into building almost all of them.

Thanks to the diligent work of the many homecoming volunteers, there were plenty of activities for the alumni who returned to Payson for the annual celebration.

Soccer sign-up

Soccer players born between August 1990 and July 1991 might soon have the opportunity to compete on a Rim country year-round club soccer team.

Most of the 12- and 13-year-old athletes will probably come from the ranks of the seventh- and eighth-grades.

Team founder and coach Kim Wholly emphasizes that the new squad will be a club team and not affiliated with Rim Country Middle School or the town of Payson Parks and Recreation Department.

According to Wholly, the team will participate in an American Youth Soccer Association league headquartered in Camp Verde.

Youths interested in participating on the new team may sign-up at Rim Country Middle School.

Once Wholly gauges the interest in forming the team, she and other AYSA officials will host a parent meeting in which details of play including fees, practice dates and playing schedules will be discussed.

For more information, call Wholly at 474-8785.

Credit for Kids

Taxpayers wishing to participate in the Credit for Kids tax program can do so by picking up the tax forms at Payson Unified School District offices located at 514 W. Wade Lane.

Credit for Kids allows single taxpayers the option of contributing up to $200 of their tax money to the local school district. Married taxpayers are allowed to contribute up to $250 of their tax money. The taxpayers have the option of designating where they want their donation to be used.

Payson High School athletic director Dave Bradley is asking taxpayers to direct their contributions towards completion of the stadium project.

To finish the stadium, which includes seating for about 2,000 spectators on the north side of the football field, about $160,000 is needed. If enough Credit for Kid donations are ear-marked for the stadium, it could be completed this summer.

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