Thursday, November 29
The Payson Choral Society will offering two concerts in December.
The Third Annual Holiday Lighting Contest is open to residents of Payson (within the city limits) and residents of Star Valley.
It's no secret there are some in town government opposed to bringing the YMCA to Payson.
Enjoy the enchantment of the Christmas season with the Phoenix Boys Choir this weekend.
Special invitation is extended to all candidates and political committees to attend a campaign finance seminar.
In addition to providing the path to a college education for the young, another main objective for community colleges is lifelong learning opportunities for all segments of the population
Pete Pancrazi, award-winning jazz guitarist and vocalist, will be returning to Payson to perform in a "Jazzy Holiday" celebration at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main Street, on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.
Payson resident Thomas Loeffler sells electricity to APS instead of paying for it.
A recycling program between the town of Payson and Gila County has now been approved by both parties.
The twinkling, sparkling, multicolored lights of the Main Street Electric Light Parade will shine Saturday night at 6 p.m.
It is not easy being a teenager these days.
A Payson resident had to be flown to Scottsdale Osborn Hospital with serious injuries on Thanksgiving.
Fountain Hills falls 60-41 to PHS girls
The Lady Longhorns put their unblemished 2-0 record on the line when the team travels today, Friday, to Class 2A Valley Christian.
Sophomore Ben Sandoval's match-opening win by a fall set the tone for the evening during the Longhorn wrestling team's season opening 51-21 win over Fountain Hills.
A lightning-quick start, in which the Longhorns outscored Fountain Hills 18-6 in the first eight minutes, lifted Payson to a 69-53 win over the defending state champions.
Richard Dale Harbaugh, 80, of Mesa, Ariz., died Nov. 23, 2007.
Corinne M. Cook died Nov. 23, 2007.
Payson Humane Society is holding a Christmas Open House on Friday, Dec. 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Gila Community College Payson Campus kicked off its Work force Readiness Academy program during the month of October.
An architectural firm will soon saddle up in the process of renovating the Payson Event Center.
The Gila County Narcotics Task Force took nine undocumented aliens into custody on Thursday morning, Nov. 15 in the Payson area.
Two male juveniles escaped from the Globe detention facility on Tuesday evening and have been caught and returned to jail.
Five separate fires over the holiday weekend resulted in the loss of a rental cabin, a motor home and storage shed, and in Christopher Creek a downed power line left some residents without electricity for hours.
The Star Valley night sky may be lit up a little brighter this holiday season.
The residents of East Verde Estates have held an annual rummage sale for many consecutive summers, but this is the first time they have hosted an art, antique and craft showcase.
There are so many important aspects of successful big-game hunting.
Is your calendar filling up with Christmas celebration parties as much as in the Snyder household?
Over the course of your life, you'll almost certainly have many different financial goals -- and to help achieve them, you'll need to use many different investments.
An eight-vehicle pileup, coming after a semi-truck jackknifed, closed southbound lanes of Highway 87 near the Globe turnoff this morning, Friday Nov. 30.
Jack Fisher, 40, of Snowflake has been released from Payson Gila County Jail on $15,000 bond after being arrested and jailed for allegedly firing random shots from an SUV traveling west on Highway 260.
An increasing number of candidates for the three open seats on the Payson Council look to make the upcoming election rather competitive.
Substituting less costly materials for more expensive ones has given the Payson Unified School District bond construction project a $1 million surplus.
Vice Mayor Randy White files to challenge Mayor Chuck Heron
Two of Star Valley's leading men will likely be on the ballot for mayor this May.
The Arizona Corporation Commission will have a special open meeting in Pine at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 4.
Selecting East All-Region players turned into a challenging and daunting task for six small-town Arizona high school football coaches.
Betty Lou Urban, 55, died Nov. 13, 2007.
L. JoAnn Hawkinson, 81, died Nov. 25, 200
Area groups can benefit from program
April 15 is 4-1/2 months away, but now is the time to plan contributions to charities, in order to qualify for credits on your 2007 tax returns.
The holiday season is off to a fantastic start in Pine.
Thanksgiving weekend was a very busy weekend for the Christopher/Kohl's Fire Department.
Judy Baker of the Mogollon Health Alliance and Harvey Pelovsky of Rim Country Health & Retirement Community, take a look at the plans for the new Rim Country Dialysis Center at Rim Country Health.
Tuesday, November 27
The chaotic holiday shopping season seems to approach sooner each year, and while visions of toy recalls dance in their head, consumers shopping for young children will be on their toes this season.
Of all the occasions during the year, the holiday season certainly puts your gift-wrapping techniques to the test. With dozens of presents to trim, tape and tinsel, you'd best know how to wrap a gift correctly.
Payson Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, is welcoming a new executive director, Brian Hackerott.
Four Seasons Motorsports is a one-stop shopping destination for both seasoned and novice outdoor enthusiasts.
Chase is a full-service bank, and manager Karen McClanahan runs it with a small-town flavor.
Shoppers looking for truly unique gifts need to make one place their first stop -- Artists of the Rim Fine Art Gallery on Main Street, a co-op gallery featuring only local artists.
It's the holiday shopping season in Rim Country. Each year Rim Country has the businesses to provide for your holiday shopping needs.
The Wild Brush Art Gallery and Framing is a family operated business owned by Terry and Lynne Winans.
Rim Sight & Sound has reason to celebrate the holiday season. Owner Terry Oakley estimates the business has experience a 40 percent increase in sales this year -- substantially ahead of the 18 percent anticipated.
Mogollon Designs and Mogollon Design Homes is now de Szendeffy Homes, Inc.
If you want to have as much fun shopping for holiday treasures as the recipients will have receiving them, then plan a visit to Moose Mountain. The shop is packed to the rafters with wonderful gifts in all shapes, sizes and prices.
Most people love the holiday season.
Decorate the ones you love in fashion jewelry from lia sophia this Christmas.
Residents and visitors wishing to help the annual food drive organized by the motorcycle group, ABATE, can drop off nonperishable food at the Ox Bow Saloon this year.
With the start of the holiday season, Mike and Debbie Stuart of Gasoline Alley said they wanted to say thanks for the overwhelming support they have received from the community.
Payson Apothecary Pharmacy will celebrate its sixth anniversary on Dec. 26. It will be celebrating a 13-month anniversary in its new site on the Beeline side, of Sawmill Crossing.
Computech has been in its new home for almost a year. The store is at 600 E. Highway 260, across from Tiny's Family Restaurant.
In July, Dr. Joseph Spear joined the staff at Anderson Dental Group. Spear grew up in Payson and is an alumni of Payson High School.
With December right around the corner, it's time to start thinking about what you will do for Christmas.
Some people wait until their furniture is falling apart to replace it, others buy new things when there is still a lot of years of use in their "old stuff."
They don't sell lettuce or bread or milk, but what they do sell, they know about, and they are happy to share their knowledge.
Bring special warmth to the holiday season with a new heating appliance from the Hearth Shoppe at Ace Hardware.
Sample the quality of DISH Network or DirecTV on high definition televisions at Rim Country Cellular's new store in Ponderosa Village at 309 E Highway 260.
Payson Jewelers offers the best in fine jewelry, and specializes in diamonds from Belgium at diamond-direct prices.
Brenda and Ken Mooney are looking forward to the holidays at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art
For the holiday season, Plant Fair Nursery has brought in a large variety of fresh living Christmas trees.
Janell Holzwarth's East Verde Trading Company is well known for its furniture and accessories, but at Christmas it takes on a new character. For the holidays, East Verde Trading Company becomes a wonderland of both beautiful and laugh-out-loud seasonal decorations and gifts.
The air is rich with the aroma of scented candles and potpourri, and bright lights entwine the beautiful products in the Payson Candle Factory, where Carol Reed occupies eight suites in the Swiss Village to display a remarkable inventory of candles, collectibles and finer gifts.
Payson Wireless is the Rim Country's exclusive dealer for Sprint. It also offers Nextel service.
Monday, November 26
Sonshine Club, an after-school experience
Luke Manning was caught doing "something good," at the SonShine Club, so he was able to choose a prize in time for an older student in the SonShine's 3:21 Club to snap his photograph.
Bruce Van Camp will now seek council seat
The Payson mayoral race may come down to two contestants after all.
Small businesses are the focus of a workshop coming to Payson this week. The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation and Gila County Community College Small Business Development Center are co-hosting a workshop on Thursday from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Payson Public Library.
If you are providing care for a parent or older family member, chances are good that you are also feeling stressed at times.
East Verde Park artists, crafters, photographers and antique dealers will host a showcase Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2, from noon to 3 p.m. at the clubhouse.
During December the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore will feature an extensive collection of Christmas fiction, music, cookbooks, craft books, etc.
Volunteer to be a holiday bell ringer. Ringing will be in two-hour shifts, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, including Christmas Eve.
Gila Community College Payson Campus is offering additional eBay classes Dec. 1 and Dec. 8.
Payson Schools offers Family Enrichment Classes throughout the school year. The next series begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 in the Parent Resource Center, 514 W. Wade Lane.
Payson Regional Medical Center's surgery department recently celebrated a special event: Perioperative Nurse Week Nov. 11-17.
Starting immediately, residents of Payson will be able to get their first taste of what the rest of the South and Southwest have been talking about -- Blue Bell Ice Cream from Brenham, Texas.
The Kutting Edge Hair Salon, owned and operated by Valerie Bianculli, has been in Payson for more than five years. The shop opened in Ponderosa Village, but moved to East Bonita off Beeline Highway about 18 months ago.
The holidays are here; an exciting, busy time of the year
A group of Payson residents raised more than $15,000 to help orphans and widows in the Sudan.
Austin Davis joined the Army National Guard in pursuit of his dream -- to sit in the bubble cockpit of a helicopter and fly straight up into the sky.
The Lady Longhorns opened the new season on a winning note by running roughshod, 46-37, over Scottsdale Christian Academy.
Mollee Lee was the lone Lady Longhorn to earn honors when the Class 1A-3A All-State team was announced Sunday.
An Angel Tree -- with names of individuals to adopt for gift-giving -- is located at National Bank of Arizona, 804 S. Beeline Highway.
As a former football coach at Show Low High School, I received plenty of good-natured ribbing from friends and former students and players in the White Mountains after the Cougars defeated Coolidge 26-0 for the state championship.
The Longhorns boys basketball team might bring out the absolute best in every opponent it faces this season.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee recently approved a troubling treaty called the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, also known as the Law of the Sea Treaty or LOST. If ratified by the whole Senate, the treaty could have dangerous consequences to our economy, national security, and sovereignty.
A nucleus of five state placers will lead the Longhorn wrestling team tomorrow, Wednesday, in a season-opening mat battle against visiting Fountain Hills.
Murriel Keeton, 90, died Nov. 22, 2007.
James C. Gilbert, 95, died Nov. 24, 2007 in Payson.
Sgt. Vern Havens given Officer of the Quarter honor by Gila County
Payson area DPS Sgt. Vern Havens has been awarded the Officer of the Quarter Award for the third quarter of 2007, Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores said.
Songstress and composer Vyktoria Pratt Keating will help Main Street Grille patrons celebrate Christmas in Celtic style on Friday, Nov. 30.
Violence is about power and control and it is not always physical.
A tour of stores and shops in Payson on Black Friday indicated it wasn't quite the rush it was in a lot of other Arizona communities. Black Friday traditionally takes place the day after Thanksgiving when consumers inundate stores and shopping malls in search of big discounts on the season's hottest items.
Governor's office wants to raise awareness about teen drinking problem
The governor's office is working to keep Arizona youth safer this holiday season.
When the Gila County Board of Supervisors approved a recycling program with the Town of Payson last Tuesday, it was more than just another county decision.
Sunday, November 25
The Payson mayoral race may come down to two contestants after all.
Thursday, November 22
Let it snow, Let, it snow, Let it snow.
On Nov. 15, the Payson Town Council voted 6-0 to direct the legal department to work with the fire marshal to create an amendment to town code.
Rim Country residents seem to favor the idea of a YMCA being established in Payson.
Bill Church, 89, of Phoenix, Ariz., died Nov. 17, 2007.
Small-business owners are invited to participate in a morning of discussion and exploration of issues impacting small businesses from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 at the Payson Public Library.
The livelihood of Star Valley town employees is no longer in jeopardy if a relative wants to serve on the town council after a decision at Tuesday night's council meeting.
Leon Keddington can't seem to avoid chairing committees.
Gary Sherlock, chairman of the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District, says claims of questionable acts by his board are misleading.
Low-cost vaccinations coming to Payson
Low-cost flu vaccinations will be available in Payson, through the county, starting at the end of November.
Tellabration a great event
Attempts at vandalizing new stop signs at the intersection of Garrels and Moonlight Drive will not be tolerated, Star Valley town officials said.
The long process of getting a photo enforcement system has entered its final stages.
Donna Moore, physical education specialist from Julia Randall Elementary School, was honored by the Arizona Department of Education at this year's 76th Annual Arizona Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AzAHPERD) Convention.
The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce has been hammered in recent months by many of its members for lack of performance and questionable actions.
Youths ranging in age from 7 to 13 years old gathered at the Payson Public Library's first teen book club meeting, Saturday, Nov. 17.
Although David Knauer and Lana Cluff were the overall event winners in the 13th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Walk-Run, there were others in the 64-person field who enjoyed an event filled with self-accomplishments.
Payson area DPS Sergeant Vern Havens has been awarded the Officer of the Quarter Award for the third quarter of 2007, Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores said.
The Senior Christmas Angel Tree stands decorated with the wishes of more than 100 Rim Country seniors in the lobby of First State Bank in Payson.
The Rim Country lights up this weekend with holiday cheer.
Robert "Bobby" Marcos Samarripas died Nov. 10, 2007.
Time is running out on year-end tax planning
Time is running out to make contributions to charities in order to qualify for credits on your 2007 tax returns.
Gaylene Riepel dances with horses.
Today is the day after the ‘eatingest' day of the year, along with the biggest shopping day of the year, known as ‘Black Friday.'
Payson Schools offers Family Enrichment Classes throughout the school year.
Thanksgiving is now a reflection in the rearview mirror and time to begin preparations for the Christmas holidays is rolling around. It slowly slips in and other times it leapfrogs out at me.
Nothing to do -- bored to death -- does this sound familiar?
Students at Payson High School, who are graduating at least a semester early and who plan to immediately attend a community college, university, technical or vocational school, could be eligible for extra financial aid.
Animal shelters have a universal complaint that black cats and dogs are somewhat less likely to be adopted than their lighter-colored counterparts. No one can explain this phenomenon.
Gymnastics helps build strength, flexibility, balance, endurance and gracefulness
Macky's Grill owner Cari Day and other Payson business persons are predictably confused when answering calls from out-of-state sales persons hawking advertising on Payson High School calendars and programs.
Bryndee Hall won barrel racing and dummy roping titles
It's not often a seven-year-old rides her way to two junior rodeo event championships, a pair of silver medals and a No. 1 overall finish.
When a bass tournament team wins back-to-back events, fishermen take notice.
Former Payson High School football coach Dan Dunn, now the head coach and athletic director at Mesa Community College, has been named the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 1 coach of the year.
Tuesday, November 20
playing in rim country
Happy Thanksgiving and welcome to The Rim Review.
Holiday shopping without children
Holly North, server Chaparral Pines Country Club
A season full of holiday Magic on the Mountain
The fine art of a beer geek
Monday, November 19
Wrestlers, boys, girls basketball teams prep for season openers
The dog days of grueling preseason practice sessions are finally ending.
Former Longhorn football coach Don Heizer bemoaned "what ifs," constantly telling his players, "If ‘ifs' and ‘buts' were candy and nuts, every day would be a holiday."
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has begun a scoping process to gather input on potential modifications to its rule that established a reintroduction program for the Mexican gray wolf.
The second annual toys for tunes made history.
Approximately 380 Christmas tree-cutting tags remain available for the Apache-Sitgreaves, Kaibab, Prescott and Tonto national forest tree-cutting areas.
Shop will feature Dreyer's Ice Cream, computers, study tables, a boutique area
Fireside Espresso in the Swiss Village Shops will have a special treat for guests at the Annual Christmas Lighting program
Western Village presents world-renowned artist, Robert Yellowhair, with an art show and reception from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday Nov. 23 and Nov. 24.
Everyone can agree that securing our nation's borders isn't simply a matter of controlling the flow of illegal immigration.
Arizona AARP reminds residents that open enrollment for Medicare Part D will take place from Nov. 15 through Dec. 31
The 23 Payson High School drama students upheld a 17-year tradition by attending the state conference, Nov. 16 and 17.
Thank you to those who supported the Rim Country Literacy's recent book sale.
Spellbound magic in "Paradise" was experienced by all who attended the Tellabration!
A special thanks goes out to the citizens of Pine/Strawberry and the surrounding communities for coming through again in a time of need.
The Julia Randall Elementary PTO just completed their Cookie Dough Fund-raiser
Thank you and congratulations for the wonderful editorial on November 16.
The Bill of Rights guarantees certain personal freedoms to me.
A group of seven tellers shared their tales with a spellbound audience.
The Tiny Tots Christmas Program at the Payson Public Library is coming to town.
Reports out of the Valley area indicate former Phoenix Suns great, Connie "The Hawk" Hawkins, 65, is very ill.
Indeed, that program was the best ever.
Judy (last name withheld to protect her privacy) and her 80-year-old mother are still living in the white Federal Emergency Management Agency provided trailer
Rim Country Middle School is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair.
No closures or restrictions on Highway 87 this weekend
The Arizona Department of Transportation said Highways 87 and 260 would have all lanes of traffic open for the holiday weekend rush.
Don Doyle is master of ceremonies at the Eighth Annual Pine Tellabration.
The annual Celebration of Life -- a ceremony to remember loved ones who have died -- is Dec. 6.
Grand Canyon University takes on Western State College of Colorado Nov. 28
A pair of the finest wrestlers to ever don Longhorn singlets will soon return to Wilson Dome.
When God whispers ...
Do you lie awake at night listening to the wind blowing through the trees?
Thanksgiving is not about the big meal.
Waste Management will not have residential garbage pickup on Thanksgiving Day, the company said.
Elmer Axelson, 97, died Oct. 2, 2007.
The Star Valley council will hear two presentations tonight.
Mayor Chuck Heron remains the sole mayoral candidate for Star Valley thus far. The council race will be a bit more contested. Five candidates have already collected council packets.
Payson police have a suspect in custody in connection with the rash of recent burglaries. "We have been able to make some real progress in this case," Police Chief Don Engler said.
Kenny Evans is third candidate to seek job
The road to be the next mayor of Payson is getting more crowded. Kenny Evans became the third mayoral candidate to announce his plans to run in the last week. Joining Evans on the May ballot, thus far, are Mayor Bob Edwards and longtime Payson resident Bruce Van Camp.
A shoot 'em up story straight out of the Old West unfolded yesterday afternoon, Monday, on Highway 260. Although the investigation into the incident is ongoing, officers say two individuals were traveling west on Highway 260 in a Jeep Cherokee when Jack Fisher allegedly began firing random shots from the SUV. Reports indicate no one was hit by the shots fired from a handgun. When the episode finally ended in the parking lot north of Payson Pizza Hut, Gila County Sheriff's officers arrested and jailed two Snowflake residents.
A word of advice about generic medications.
Fred B. Van Der Werf, 87, died Nov. 9, 2007.
Longhorn sophomore David Knauer and senior Lana Cluff come home first
A pair of Payson High School cross-country team members led the charge at the 13th annual Turkey Trot 5K Walk/Run.
Thursday, November 15
A few weeks back I mentioned a bike ride I made when I was just fifteen.
If you have young children or grandchildren, you may want them to attend college someday
The Payson Public Library is starting a Book Club for kids and teens, ages 7 to 17 years old.
Saturday was a busy day for some of the residents of Christopher Creek.
Hope Osborne Williams, 18, died Nov. 11, 2007 in a car accident.
Surprise is one way to express what you will find at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park a few miles from Payson.
Soon to be included in the Payson Area Trail System (PATS) is the Monument Peak Loop hike.
Longhorn punter Nick Herring found himself in a pickle no prep football player wants to be a part of during the Longhorns 16-14 state tournament loss to Coolidge.
It's official: Edwards to run again
Payson Mayor Bob Edwards announced today, Friday, he will seek re-election.
Arizona is facing one of its driest years in recorded history.
The need for a community and youth center in Payson is nothing new.
The first Thanksgiving was a community celebration.
The Elks Lodge is keeping the community in Thanksgiving with their annual free feast on Nov. 22.
The 2007 Credit for Kids Campaign started yesterday morning with 150 students from Payson schools stuffing 14,000 envelopes to be sent to every postal customer in the district.
Gracie Lee is at it again
The Gila County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday rejected a rezoning request that would have allowed a manufactured home to be located in the Gisela Heights subdivision in Gisela.
There will be a recall election in Pine, March 11, 2008, for Gary Sherlock and Forrest McCoy of the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District.
Star Valley mayor fights to lower speed limit
Star Valley Mayor Chuck Heron is doing everything in his power to prevent another accident like the one Sunday, Nov. 11.
The 6-year-olds were excited that a soldier was coming to their class to speak.
Andrew Austin was born Sept. 4, 1917 in New York City and died Nov. 11, 2007.
Charles Thomas Boegeman, 78 of Pine, died Nov. 5, 2007.
Donald B. Fortney died Nov. 11, 2007.
David McNulty died Nov. 7, 2007 in Phoenix.
Charles Andrew Walters -- Andy to his friends and family -- died Nov. 11, 2007
Although Brandan Kelley was unable to attend the Payson Men's Golf Association season-ending banquet, he was the big winner during the festivities.
Senior Chad Lammers, junior Brandon Moratti make 1st team, senior Aaron Loeffler on 2nd team
Longhorn soccer stalwarts Chad Lammers and Brandon Moratti have been named to the All-East region first team.
Wilcox wants to follow in father's footsteps
Randy Wilcox summed up his daughter's love for soccer by saying, "several times she was real close to hanging up her cleats because she likes to breathe, but apparently she likes soccer more."
Starring on both the nine- and 18-hole Payson Women's Golf Association circuits is old hat for Isabella Sockrider.
Every year when hunting season rolls around, it is traditional in the Rim Country for families to hunt big game together.
Europeans began bringing an evergreen tree into their home, in the depth of winter, well before they crossed the oceans to settle in America.
Arizona AARP reminds residents that open enrollment for Medicare Part D will take place from Nov. 15 through Dec. 31.
The colors of autumn
Tortoiseshell cats are named after the yellow-and-brown mottled shells of certain turtles and tortoises.
Even though it seems as if we just celebrated Independence Day, Thanksgiving is just around the corner.
The Regional Payson Area Project for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points on Saturday.
Wednesday, November 14
A few more potential candidates have waded into the Payson council and mayoral pool.
Tuesday, November 13
Mark Chesnutt will perform at the Payson Event Center on Saturday, Nov. 17.
Folklore and more in a dry place
Just as did bards in days of yore, storyteller Doug Bland has traveled far and near to collect tales.
Life for the early settlers in the Rim Country was seldom a picnic.
Turkey Day is just around the corner.
Magic on the Mountain
Get ready to get the holiday season in gear with Payson's Magic on the Mountain celebration.
Playing in Rim Country
Young actor does tremendous job
I went to see "The Martian Child" -- thinking this was perhaps going to be a science fiction flick.
"The Martian Child" was a heart warming, comical feature film.
Artist has been fired up by medium for 26 years
The first time Sue Jones' passion for porcelain started to overwhelm the Jones' Ohio home, her husband built on an extra room.
Rim Country Rotary will bring country star to Payson
The Rim Country Rotary Club will bring country star Mark Chesnutt to perform at the Payson Event Center on Saturday, Nov. 17. Gates open at 5 p.m.
In the early 1970s, I decided to change my occupation from television production to another direction.
Monday, November 12
Not everyone who takes part or volunteers with the Payson Regional Medical Center's Senior Circle is retired.
A representative from U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi's Show Low office will be holding office hours and sponsoring a Medicare workshop in Payson on Thursday, Nov. 15.
Playing an instrument is more than proper finger placement and the ability to read music.
The new board of the historical society has a good base from which to start business.
Flolani Purvis, owner and operator, has a background in specialty shops at landmark resorts.
Ivan Orr Kelly died Nov. 9, 2007.
Alberta Prall, 92, of Phoenix and Pine, died Nov. 12, 2007.
Payson High School senior Jesse Carpino is excited.
Residents and visitors to Rim County may see smoke south of Payson this week, due to a prescribed burn.
A trio of Payson Pankration Martial Arts teams members battled their way to first place finishes Oct. 27 at the North American Grappling Associa-tions held in Las Vegas.
The Payson Discussion and Lecture League will feature Jeff Robbins, a former Associated Press field photographer, at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 at Tiny's Restaurant.
Payson AARP Tax-Aide needs volunteers for computer preparation of Form 1040 for tax year 2007. Requirements are:
Pediatric influenza vaccine is now available at the Gila County Office in Payson.
During November, the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore will feature an extensive collection of Christmas fiction, music, cookbooks, craft books and more.
Check out the new and reduced prices on merchandise at the Time Out Thrift Shop, 500 S. Beeline Highway.
Arizona AARP reminds residents that open enrollment for Medicare Part D will take place from Nov. 15 through Dec. 31. AARP has a new brochure: Medicare Drug Coverage: What You Need to Know that explains the Medicare drug benefit.
Seniors Mollee Lee, Hannah Armenta, juniors Cydney Figueroa, Jenna Robertson named to All-East region team
A pair of seniors -- who donned Lady Longhorn volleyball uniforms for the final time Nov. 2 in a state tournament 3-0 loss to Round Valley -- were honored at the team's season-ending awards ceremony.
As unappetizing as a cupcake with an eyeball on it may look, Jewel Johnson's benevolence to the Payson Humane Society was equally strong.
Denise Dawn Buchanan, an employee with the Payson Humane Society, was arrested on Oct. 26.
The Payson Area Trails System (PATS) development plans are moving forward to construct the first significant town section of PATS on Tyler Parkway.
"The Fire Guy" will return to Rim Country on Thursday with a special presentation to the Payson Town Council.
A water study conducted by the Bureau of Reclamation will provide a more comprehensive look at the underground flow of water in northern Gila County.
Highway 260 closed for nearly five hours
Two accidents resulted in two fatalities and three people being sent to Valley hospitals with serious injuries.
Due to overwhelming response to our first eBay shopping and selling seminars, Gila Community College Payson Campus, will be offering additional classes Dec. 1 and Dec. 8.
As tough as the Payson Longhorns season ending 16-14 loss to the Coolidge Bears Friday evening was to absorb, the future is bright for the PHS gridders.
Gary Kutscher, a veteran long-distance runner who competed in the prestigious Boston Marathon, once got the bird for winning the Turkey Trot 5K run.
Dorothy Morgan, 82, died Nov. 10, 2007.
The 2004 homicide of 54-year-old Payson resident Ira Eastman is still unsolved.
Tuesday, Nov. 13, is the 317th day of 2007.
Friday, November 9
Two fumbles and a bad snap in the course of four plays ended Longhorns hopes for a state quarterfinal win over two-time defending 3A champion Coolidge.
Thursday, November 8
Jean-Paul (John) Vallee, 75, died Nov. 1, 2007
Service is the priority and driving force for John Stanton, new manager of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.
With all the precincts in Gila County reporting, as of yesterday, Thursday morning, the bond and sales tax measures for new justice facilities failed by a considerable margin.
School district rethinking agreement with BMJS Contracting over roof issues
Discussion and mild disagreement erupted among Payson district school board members
The average age of the military man is 19 years.
We often hear of a son following a father into military service.
Payson resident Bing Brown and his wife, Carol, recently had the moving experience of visiting the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, northwest of Bayeux, France.
The Payson Police Department is establishing a community policing liaison officer.
A rear-end collision involving an ADOT truck resulted in two people being airlifted to separate hospitals.
Due to the popularity of the recent low-cost spay/neuter clinic, which filled up fast, there will be another clinic held on Tuesday, Nov. 13.
Nationally recognized jazz guitarist Stan Sorenson teams up with EMMY award-winning jazz pianist Nick Manson.
John Richard Kelly, D.D.S., 79, of Phoenix, died Nov. 7, 2007
Darleen Mushel, 79, died Oct. 31, 2007
Coltton Orndorf, 29, died Nov. 4, 2007.
Payson, Coolidge to mix it up at Chandler Perry field at 8 p.m.
A state tournament second-round row, pitting two-time defending state champion Coolidge against the Payson Longhorns, is likely to turn into a mêlée of old-fashioned smash-mouth football.
Former Payson High School wrestling and football star R.C. LaHaye will soon be returning to his roots.
The Lady Longhorn volleyball team gathered yesterday (Thursday) to celebrate the culmination of a banner season.
The spring draw for 2008 hunt permit-tags for turkey, javelina, buffalo and bear has been completed.
As crucial as the proposed YMCA is to the welfare of our youth, Mayor Bob Edwards continues to publicly oppose the partnership between the town and the organization.
The fall months are the traditional championships of most Arizona bass fishing circuits.
In taking over for Christy Powers, this scribe has big shoes to fill
It's time again for the Main Street/APS Electric Light Parade. The seventh annual Electric Light Parade on historic Main Street in Payson will take place Dec. 1
For the life of me, I cannot remember the move we made in December, 1943, from New York City to New London, Connecticut.
Your school days may be behind you, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't test yourself on various subjects from time to time.
"Multnomah Falls" and a man from Masaii, Africa, have something in common.
Tuesday was election day in Gila County and the voters have spoken and defeated the county's courthouse and jail proposal.
Payson High School students attend national convention
Rising with the sun to plow a field, or feed a steer may be two things people equate with Future Farmers of America club members.
Kari Wegenke has been teaching novices how to ride horses since she was 16.
We Americans seem to have a preference for big.
In 10 days, Army Spec. Chris Purtee will open a box full of black socks, candy, eye drops, gum, fruit snacks, a tiny Bible, knitted caps and other items.
The words "lack of parking" stuck out in red ink on an aerial map of Main Street. Likewise, "historic buildings" and "memories" were etched in green marker as positive points about Payson's oldest street. The comments were just a few of many positive and negative aspects of Main Street in Payson discussed at two visioning workshops held yesterday, Thursday.
Wednesday, November 7
With all 39 precincts in Gila County reporting, as of yesterday, Thursday morning, the bond and sales tax measures for new justice facilities failed by a considerable margin.
Tuesday, November 6
The continuing friendship of Mrs. Lewis Pyle with the Tonto Apaches led to an effort to help them become economically independent.
THE COMEBACKS - Just plain stupid
I can't recall if ever I saw a movie classified as a "comedy" where I didn't laugh at least once -- but I have now.
We often hear of a son following a father into military service.
Janet Seeley, bartender
My father is a legend, at least in the eyes of my younger brother and me.
First, let me wish all the veterans a Happy Veterans Day.
Thanksgiving today brings people with different tastes to the same table.
Monday, November 5
The Payson Senior Center serves a hot meal at noon weekdays in the dining room at 514 W. Main St.
Say November and what comes to mind? Thanksgiving, of course.
Michael Reardon loves Sponge Bob, playing with his cars and all kinds of music.
Forest Rangers in the Mogollon Rim Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest are planning a prescribed burn about 30 miles north of Payson all this week.
Sarah Viola Drorbaugh Goodnow died Nov. 3, 2007
Grieving the deaths of children within their families will join tens of thousands of families worldwide.
Afton Lorraine Hunsaker Kellam, longtime resident of Chino Valley, died Oct. 29, 2007.
Water-conscious residents will find the Payson Water Department's newest project rather delightful.
The design of Main Street in Payson will once again be a topic on the minds of many residents this week.
Lana Cluff saved the finest performance of her four-year career for her senior finale.
Michele Montbleau calls her place of business the healing head, heart, hand and foot center.
African trip is second for Simone Lake, first for others
As Simone Lake approached the Watuele Baptist Church in Mombasa, Kenya, Africa, she and the five missionaries with her were greeted by all ages of children saying "Jambo" or "How are you?"
Lady Longhorn coach Arnold Stonebrink is not letting his team's lackluster showing in the opening round of the state tournament dampen his enthusiasm for his players.
Longhorn freshman Payson Herring, a speedy, but diminutive, running back, took full advantage of his first varsity playing opportunity.
Our neighbors at Blue Ridge High School in Lakeside-Pinetop are enjoying a banner postseason of prep sports.
Matthew Clayton Angus, 22, from the Mesa del area, sustained significant head injuries Saturday afternoon while skateboarding with a friend, Payson Police Chief Don Engler said.
An application for the Sam Walton Community Scholarship is currently available online at walmartfoundation.org. This scholarship is offered to graduating high school seniors who are not associates or dependents of an associate of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Keith Talley, Dick Harding and John Calderwood have holstered bragging rights
Tryouts for Club Rim Junior Volleyball will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1
Carol Blauser died Nov. 2, 2007.
Air Force Airman Matthew N. Thompson has graduated from basic military training
Due to overwhelming response to our first eBay shopping and selling seminars, Gila Community College Payson Campus, will be offering additional classes Dec. 1 and Dec. 8.
Craig Triphahn, manager of Payson's Sawmill Theatres, has been elected as treasurer of the Arizona Theater Owners Association.
According to unofficial election results as of Tuesday night, the county bond and sales tax issues were overwhelmingly defeated.
Council candidate packets available
Payson Mayor Bob Edwards and Star Valley Mayor Chuck Heron have already picked up candidate packets
Burglaries have not been home invasions
None of the recent rash of burglaries Payson has experienced in the last month have been home invasions, police said.
The Town of Payson is one step nearer to revamping the southern area of town.
The Payson Humane Society has received wonderful donations for the silent auction.
The Arizona Corporation Commission hearing scheduled for 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 9 on the Pine Water Company has been postponed.
Periodically, we see children melt down and have a tantrum in a public place.
In response to the "thinking" of some council members' desire to donate public land to the YMCA:
Yes, it would be nice if Payson had YMCA, but it would also be nice if had a Target or Costco store.
Karrie Ann Jones-Hunsaker died Nov. 1, 2007
Friday, November 2
It's not often freshmen have the opportunity to see action in a state tournament playoff game.
Thursday, November 1
It's been a hot topic for the last several years -- how to attract business and tourists to Main Street.
Family overcomes adversity
A complex rhythm is involved in the sport of wrestling.
The new manager of Time Out Thrift Shop is a domestic violence survivor.
Doctor Amalia Pineres could have been conferred as a Fellow, by the American Academy of Family Physicians, at the turn of the millennium.
To protect your family, you need more than the best intentions.
It is my understanding that we are going to have a YMCA in Payson.
Storage owner at odds with county
Paul Pollock plans to live on Main Street for the rest of his life.
A genuine piece of Star Valley is now available for a five-dollar donation.
Slowing Round Valley outside hitters Cassidi Donaldson and Ashley Slade will be the keys to Lady Horn hopes of beating the Elks in the first round of the state tournament. The 3A conference match will be played at 11 a.m. today at Peoria High School. It will be one of eight matches played today in Peoria where the top 16 teams from around the state have gathered to battle for the state title. Quarterfinal matches will be contested this evening and semifinals and the championship tomorrow, Saturday.
'Neath the Rim Fine Arts show has brought together 29 artists.
The Gila County Board of Supervisors approved an agreement accepting more than a $1 million federal grant.
When cats are relinquished to Payson Humane Society.
I drove around the Village this past weekend and many of the residents were busy raking up pine needles and fallen leaves.
Two things strike me each evening as I watch the news on Channel 12.
On Saturday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m., at the Beaver Valley Fire Department, representatives from the United States Forest Service will conduct a seminar about the health of the forest which surrounds the Beaver Valley area.
The Fall Festival was fun for those who attended, especially the children. My grandchildren had a great time although they were afraid of the gorilla. Many people put a lot of work into this event. Thanks to all of them.
Before I get to the serious part, I want to thank those who played such an important part in "Dog Day in the Park."
The residents of Pine View Manor are receiving a break on their energy bills.
Beginning Nov. 7, Arizona political committees, candidates and committee treasurers will be able to gain valuable information on campaign finance reporting requirements.
Take heart, Arizona drivers.
Local angler Bobby O'Donnell has had a very busy three weeks on the bass tournamentircuit.
Larry Baker, Russ Morris and Doug Bailey were second round flight winners in the Payson Men's Golf Association annual Low Net Turkey Shoot Tournament.
Slowing Round Valley outside hitters Cassidi Donaldson and Ashley Slade will be the keys to Lady Horn hopes of beating the Elks in the first round of the state tournament.
The 2007 Justice McNeeley Foundation benefit will highlight the weekend's Rim Country sports, recreation and social scene.
That posse of feisty football players that Rim Country sports fans turned out to watch during preseason training at Camp Tontozona, near Kohl's Ranch, has rounded into a national championship contending team.
Throughout history, long-suffering underdogs given little chance of triumph have risen up to pull off colossal upsets.
Several years ago I questioned the feasibility of creating our own county north of the Salt River and Roosevelt Lake.
I have been reading of issues at town hall.
I want to thank Judy Baker, director of Mogollon Health Alliance, for the article in the paper explaining all about the need for a dialysis center here in Payson.
The Tower Well is quite obviously not pumping "fossil water or paleowater [that has] remained in an aquifer for millennia".
Thank you, Payson Roundup for supporting the Zane Grey Mystery Theater!
The Payson Rotary Club would like to thank everyone who came to our Dollars for Scholars fund-raiser.
I work a full time job and have a very busy lifestyle.
Certified deputies and police officers are working tirelessly day and night, hand in hand, with certified detention officers.
Every election is important and needs the attention of voters.
George Wall will be the featured speaker at the Payson Birders meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7, in the Payson Public Library community room.
Theighth annual Tellabration will take place on Saturday evening, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m., in the Pine Community Center Cultural Hall, Pine.
The growing Wilkins Fire 70 miles north of Payson has forced forest officials to close some roads in Tonto National Forest.
The Payson Humane Society has received wonderful donations for the silent auction.
A common thread running through testimony given by 17 suspects arrested for illegal cultivation of marijuana in the Tonto National Forest is that they are working off smuggling debts.
It's time again for the Main Street/APS Electric Light Parade.
Darleen Mushel, 79, of Nisswa, Minn. died Oct. 31, 2007.
The voter information materials received for the Nov. 6 election on the justice and jail facilities include your precinct number in the mailing information.
June Delilah Fahnestock, 74, died Oct. 28, 2007.
Jules F. Nielsen Jr. (Rick), died Oct. 26, 2007.
Jeanette "Lorraine" Kellam, 72, of Chino Valley, died Oct. 29.
The proper care for houseplants and creating a dish garden.