News for Thursday, March 24, 2005

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Town council tables new subdivision

The Payson Town Council tabled a request for a zone change from the developer who is bringing water to the town from Star Valley as part of the consent agenda last night.

Tonto Apaches 'keep going and going'

Like the Energizer Bunny, the Tonto Apache Track and Field team keeps going and going and going.

Rain dampens Gracie Haught Classic

Rain and wet fields made for tough playing conditions on the second day of the inaugural Gracie Haught Classic high school softball tournament.

Hershey track meet debuts in Rim country

Hershey Foods is joining forces with the Payson Parks and Recreation Department to introduce fledgling athletes, 9 to 14 years old, to the thrills of track and field.

Four-part harmony at Church of Christ

Singing is an integral part of the worship services at the Church of Christ. When members of the congregation raise their voices to sing praises to God, they sing in the style they believe God has commanded them to.

Dorothy Irene Bowers

Dorothy Irene Bowers died March 10, 2005 in Payson.

Robert "Bob" Lee

Robert "Bob" Lee died March 23, 2005 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Annie Semple McCown

Annie Semple McCown, 97, of Fort Collins, Colo., died March 20, 2005 at a local nursing home.

Shushana Dean Nunley

Shushana Dean Nunley, 31, of Phoenix, Ariz. died in Payson March 16, 2005.

Nora Ruth Waer

Nora Ruth Waer, 92, of Payson, died March 15, 2005.

Wreck made mess for all

After many months of driving past a roadside mess, I find it necessary to draw attention to this eyesore along our beautiful highway.

Litter bugs lack respect

Recently our Take Pride Project refinished one of the school bus shelters along Highway 87 in Pine. We made the mistake of leaving two empty barrels.

Information wanted

Hi! I am a fifth-grader from Hoover Elementary School in Medford, Ore.

Shop an outlet for both operators, clients

The old-fashioned charm of shabby chic and country decor spills out into the parking lot at Abigail's Antiques on Main Street, inviting customers to come in and browse away an entire afternoon.

New interim director at Payson Care Center

Sharon Pebley retired from Life Care Centers of America administration last year, leaving Colorado for the warmer climate of Phoenix.

'Hoist Your Sales' at business showcase

Booths for the 2005 Business Showcase, sponsored by the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, are filling up fast, as are sponsorship opportunities.

Searching for God and spirituality

Part 2

Author's note: In an effort to look at spirituality and briefly examine why people believe or not, we spoke with people representing various viewpoints.

Spay/neuter clinic scheduled for April 12

Following a successful spay/neuter clinic Tuesday, the Payson Humane Society and the Northern Arizona Humane Society have scheduled another for Tuesday, April 12 at Mazatzal Casino.

Judge tosses grand jury indictment

The grand jury indictment against Harold Fish, the man accused of shooting hiker Grant Kuenzli last May, was thrown out yesterday in Coconino County Superior Court.

Monday meeting to decide fate of college

Payson Mayor Barbara Brewer asked for an injunction against the Gila Community College Governing Board Friday to block a March 28 meeting to discuss a proposal from Eastern Arizona College that would settle lawsuits between the two schools.

Flapjack feast to raise money for transplant patient

The Boldts have shed lots of tears over the past few years, especially in the last month. Four weeks ago, Skip Boldt received a call from the transplant center in San Diego. The doctors told him he was next in line to receive a heart transplant and had to move to Southern California immediately.

Powell House resident turns 100

Her fair skin -- more smooth than wrinkled -- belies her age: Mary Mitchell will turn 100 on Easter Sunday.

Importance of appearance lost on council

Nobody is saying the Payson Town Council doesn't deserve a raise, and nobody is saying they had anything but the best of intentions in voting themselves a hefty one last night.

An apology is owed

I'm writing this in reference to my neighbor who had a car accident on March 16, 2005.

Letters impress, repel

Nate Lee's wrestling prowess demonstrated that he was indeed a credit to his work ethic, his family, his coaches and his community.

Sky Park businesses appreciated

Last year, the town of Payson determined to make a concerted effort to sell the remaining lots we own in the Sky Park Industrial subdivision. During the past month, we have completed sales on all but two of the lots, both of which are due to sell in July.

Compensation justified

I've heard some negative comments regarding the issue of pay increases for council members and the mayor. Just some thoughts to consider:

A fundamental question

The Terri Schiavo case raises a fundamental question in everyone who hears about it, whether they are aware of it or not.

What's up?

Q: Why did they have the Girl Scouts at the March 10 council meeting? I thought it was for important business? I think that was a big waste of time.

Glendale a hot spot for state finals

Sports fans around the state chuckled when the Arizona Interscholastic Association decided to move the high school state basketball championships from America West Arena to Glendale Arena.

Road to state berth winds through Grand Canyon Region

A nine-day break from play and a lineup that includes five .300-plus sluggers is exactly what first-year coach Jerry Daniels was hoping for as the team enters Grand Canyon region play.

Easter Egg hunt is a go in Pine

PINE-STRAWBERRY

There will be an Easter Egg Hunt for the children this year after all. The Take Pride Project of Pine and Strawberry invite all Pine and Strawberry families to join the fun. Bring a picnic lunch along with a blanket or chairs to the Pine Trailhead at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, March 26.

Plug-in air fresheners can have tragic effects

CHRISTOPHER CREEK

The following is from an article given to the Christopher/Kohl's Fire Department.