News for Monday, May 22, 2006



New mayor, council taking seats early

Town attorney sent out memo with change May 22

Bob Edwards will be sworn into office tonight, Tuesday, along with three newly elected council members -- Ed Blair, Su Connell and Mike Vogel. They will take office at the next council meeting, scheduled for Wednesday night.

Thanks for the gift of sight

Thank you, thank you, thank you to the citizens of Payson and employees of Wal-Mart for supporting the Lions Club of Payson during our annual White Cane Sale.

Perhaps a Berlin Wall would protect our borders

I was born and raised in the United States, but sometimes wonder if I am still living in the same country.

Morgan, O'Donnell wed

Shawn Morgan and Deniese O'Donnell, center, celebrate their wedding with their children, Anjelica, Kyieah, Lanie and Kayla.

Neighbors wary of neglected development

The residents of Christopher Creek have heard lots of talk about the plans for Creekside Mountain Homes, but very few answers to their questions and concerns.

Photo Gallery: 2006 Spring Rodeo and Parade

A collection of photos from the 2006 PRCA Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo and other rodeo weekend events held May 18-20, 2006.

Disaster averted after two boys start fire

It started as a game, but as the boys watched flames spread rapidly along the creek bed toward homes and businesses, they faced an agonizing decision -- to run away or get help.

Counterfeit $50, $100 bills being passed

In the past two weeks, counterfeit bills have been passed undetected to local store clerks and bank tellers.

Hoping the new principal can fill Miles' shoes

After all's been said and done, I am still quite concerned about the process that occurred in not rehiring Principal Peggy Miles at Julia Randall Elementary. From what I know, she was an exemplary individual and served the school system well. Her reward was losing her position.

Husband and wife team hit airwaves weekday mornings

When KCMA Cool Mountain Radio hit the air Friday morning, the sound that came over the radio was familiar to anyone who has listened to local radio in recent years.

Connell lights up local politics with personality

Less than a year ago, Su Connell's husband of 45 years, Jack, died of cancer. Before Jack's death, Su expressed an interest in participating in local government -- but she wanted to wait. "‘No,'" he said. "‘Do it now or I'll come back to haunt you,'" Councilor-elect Connell said. "And I thought he would."

Former chair back in charge of Pine Strawberry Water Improvement

The former chairman of the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District, Barbara Hall, is back in charge of the group.

Gallery artist says bring your dog

Cori Richman and Blue, her Labrador-Rottweiler mix, host a gallery opening Saturday, May 27 at Blue's Gallery in Pine to celebrate Year of the Dog -- 2006 on the Chinese Zodiac.

7 water bladders now in place for fire season


The old prospector's cry of "Thar's gold in them thar hills" is now "Thar's water in them thar hills." So far, seven water bladders and eight culvert tanks are placed, filled and waiting to be used, and at least one more set will be up within the next week. They are strategically placed from Strawberry and Pine across the Control Road to Kohl's Ranch, Christopher Creek and Colcord, and down to Round Valley.

Geology students learn importance of Grand Canyon by being there

The study of Grand Canyon geology and ecology culminated in a raft trip between Glen Canyon Dam and Lee's Ferry for 90 Rim Country Middle School seventh-graders.

Starting new council early a rash decision

For eight months, the voters, council members, town staff and council candidates were told the newly elected council would be sworn into office June 8. And for years, the incoming council has been sworn in the first week of June. This tradition, however, does not comply with town code.

Thank you for making Spring Fling a success

We had a lot of help making Julia Randall Elementary's fifth annual Spring Fling carnival a success.

Whispering Hope receives large donation

A dozen years after it was envisioned by Diane Reid as a retreat for special needs children, Whispering Hope Ranch is still growing and far from completion. But a large donation could push the project through the next phase.

Alyssa Nicole Wheeler

Jake and Allie Wheeler announce the birth of their daughter, Alyssa Nicole, on March 18, 2006.

More to the story of the Senior Center

Isn't it interesting that in all the letters to the Payson Roundup concerning the Payson Senior Center situation, none have addressed the welfare of the seniors and the organization as the prime concerns.

What's up?

Q: I'm wondering where the illegals that were picked up near Payson went? Did they just let them loose around here?

Trial set for DPS hit-and-run

A July 26 trial is set for Reed Hatch, accused of hitting Department of Public Safety Officer Charlie Hopkins last August and leaving the scene.

Davis, Hoover marry

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Davis and Pastor and Mrs. Michael Hoover announce the marriage of their children, Katherine Elaine and Timothy Kyle on April 29, 2006 at the Wright House in Mesa.

Student wins grand prize in Young American Awards Program

Aspen Knickrehm, a senior at Young Public School, won the $350 grand prize for "My Freedom," the essay she wrote for the Young American Awards Program (YAAP).

Lady Horn players named to All-Tournament team

Postseason honors for the state semifinalist Lady Longhorn softball team continued to flow in.

Roundup named top in advertising excellence

The Payson Roundup received the state's top award for advertising excellence from the Arizona Newspapers Association during the group's annual awards presentation in Tempe May 12.

William Lee Harvey

William Lee Harvey, 70, died May 8, 2006. He was born in Boyleston, Ind. on Aug. 5, 1935 to Ross and Rovene Harvey.

Jeffrey Ross

The family of Jeffrey Ross, who died May 29, 2005, will host a celebration of his life on Monday, May 29.

An underdog tale

Small school not limited by size

The Cinderella story of Todd Kreimeyer continues to stand center stage at Payson High School.

School assembly honors track accomplishments

Payson High School students, teachers, coaches and administrators took time out Friday to honor members of the 2006 Longhorn 3A state champion track and field team.

Record bass caught in Green Valley Park

There's probably a 7.5-pound lunker largemouth lurking in Green Valley Park lakes today thanks to the "catch and release" angling philosophy of 16-year-old Jessie Paul.

Tourney keeps memories alive

Most of us have our cherished memories of Jack Morris, the former Payson High School football player and coach who died Feb. 23, 2004 of complications from a stroke.

Humane society wants old cell phones, printer cartridges

The Payson Humane Society is in the business of caring for cast off animals. Now it is seeking a different kind of cast off -- used printer ink cartridges and old cell phones.

Before you say ‘yes,' take one more look at the details


"It'll only take half an hour," my brother-in-law told me, trying to talk me into installing a French door in place of a sliding glass one in my house on a day when I didn't think we had enough daylight left for it. "It'll be a piece of cake."

Military certificates created for those who served

When Cory "Corky" Matthews received his notice of veteran's benefits the accompanying certificate of service sparked an idea.