News for Monday, October 8, 2007



Power points to determine payoff for PHS

Longhorn fans, players, administrators and coaches are taking a closer look at the new power points system.

Elks keep Longhorns winless in East region

A gut-wrenching 26-23 loss to the Round Valley Elks has put a huge dent in the Longhorns hopes to finish among the East region's top three and earn an advantageous playoff slot.

Low-cost spay, neuter clinic coming to Payson

Low-cost spay/neuter surgeries will again be offered in Payson, by the Plateau Land Mobile Clinic, associated with the Second Chance Center for Animals in Flagstaff.

125th celebration brought out the best for residents, visitors

"The 125th parade was the most beautiful I have ever seen in Payson," Anna Mae Deming said.

Help on the way for center that helps so many

Grant, town money, donations, businesses will make repairs possible at Payson Senior Center

More than 125 seniors rely on the Payson Senior Center for meals on a daily basis. The transportation services provide hundreds of rides to immobile seniors each month -- 719 in the month of August alone. The center hosts activities, congregate meals and provides a place for camaraderie.

Despite rain, wind and cold weather, 125th celebration was all fun

Intermittent rain did not keep attendees from having fun at the 125th's community picnic on Main Street Thursday evening.

Senior center couple finds love

In a display of gentle and unassuming affection, Margaret and Henry Henkel never stopped holding hands.

Hardman, Brogan to marry

Bob and Gail Hardman are pleased to announce the wedding of their son, Kelly Joe Hardman of Payson, to Heather Ann Brogan of Chino Valley and Payson.

Heath, Martell wed

In the presence of 200 friends and family, Dana Martell and Nick Heath were married on Aug. 26, 2007.

Robert William Geer

Robert William Geer was born at Payson Regional Medical Center to parents John and April Geer on Sept. 19, 2007 at 1:43 a.m.

Three die in two accidents on Beeline

Three people died in two separate accidents on Highway 87 Saturday evening, just south of Payson.

Mya Ann Lopez

Mya Ann Lopez was born at Payson Regional Medical Center to parents Charlie and Saundra on Sept. 11, 2007 at 12:28 a.m.

Madison Nicole Sylvester

Madison Nicole Sylvester was born at Payson Regional Medical Center to parents Jason and Shelley on Sept.14, 2007 at 9:47 a.m.

Bradly Taylor Dykhuis

Bradly Taylor Dykhuis was born at Payson Regional Medical Center to parents Robert and Melissa on Sept. 17, 2007 at 7:57 a.m.

Effort to disgrace Petraeus is beyond belief

There are some understandable reasons for opposing the war on terrorism in Iraq.

Uncomfortable with mayor, town council decision

I am very uncomfortable with the way Mayor Edwards and three council members sacked our town HR director.

Can't compare Clinton to Petraeus

Regarding a letter of Sept. 21 and the comparison of President Clinton and General Petraeus.

Photo Gallery: Payson Party Plays the Past

Many townsfolk were involved in celebrating the 125th anniversary of a friendly, progressive and well-situated community. Thank you -- for your efforts, for your vision, for your willingness to walk into the unknown areas and asking how should this be done to best serve the community? It takes courage, a sense of pride and commitment and a love of people to strike out into unchartered waters.

Lady Longhorns seek to keep Cougars caged

The Lady Longhorn volleyball team will be packing their brooms to Show Low today, Tuesday, hoping for a clean sweep over the region rival Cougars.

Two Payson martial arts fighters going pro

A pair of Rim Country mixed martial arts fighters are about to test their skills on the professional fight scene.

Lady horns run to falcon honors

At the Alchesay Invitational on Oct. 5 in Whiteriver, five Lady Longhorn cross-country runners shined.

Wildings permits available

FLAGSTAFF -- Wildings permits, which authorize collecting live plants and trees from National Forest lands for personal use, are available on the Peaks Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest.

Shooting demos

A member of the Arizona Mounted Shooter Association demonstrated the sport during an exhibition at the Payson Event Center Sunday.

Pine cook-off

"Yep, that's good," say Rim Country residents, as they sampled a bowl full of red-hot chili.

Forgiveness theme of domestic violence walk

To forgive and go on with life or not to forgive and not heal?

First State Bank opens branch in Payson

First State Bank is cracking open the vault doors of a new branch on Oct. 12 in the Rim Country Mall shopping center next to Sears.

Young roofing contractor joins Rim contractor ranks

Ruff Roofing, Inc. joins contractor ranks of the Rim Country.

Disaster assistance available

Small, non-farm businesses in 15 Arizona counties may now apply for low-interest disaster loans.

Voter information pamphlet out of balance

It seems to me that the Gila County elections department Voter Informational Pamphlet for the upcoming election is a bit slanted, instead of being impartial.

Community health, care fair planned for November

A Community Health and Care Fair will be held in November for residents throughout the Rim Country.

Top fiddlers crowned in Payson

The Vertielee Floyd Memorial 37th Annual Arizona Old time Fiddlers Contest drew the state's best talent to the Rim Country.

Town council not solving problems

We need to congratulate our Mayor and Town Council for their forward thinking and financial planning.

Expect smoke on Rim from Rx burns

Beginning this morning, Tuesday, the Forest Service will be conducting prescribed burns on up to 400 acres northwest of Whispering Pines.

From Payson to Torgau students are learning

The German students who were exchanging letters for a couple of years with students at Julia Randall Elementary School are still having fun, as they master English.

Hike down Grand Canyon benefits orphanage

A dry place to rest, a stomach full of hot food to soothe hunger, and a warm bed to sleep in doesn't sound like too much to ask from life to most people.

Humane society thanks all who helped with dance

The Board of Directors and the friends of the Payson Humane Society would like to thank all of the wonderful people who made our Sept. 14 dance such a great success.

Alarmed at elimination of Payson's HR position

I am concerned about the elimination of the HR Director position in the Town of Payson.

Konopnicki may seek seat in Congress

Bill Konopnicki, who represents District 5 in Arizona, said he wants to see a pipeline built to bring a reliable source of water to Payson, Pine and Strawberry.

Christensen, Long engaged

Steve and Karen Christensen are excited to announce the engagement of their son, Casey, to Emily Long of Snyder, Texas.

Court and jail needed

After listening to the discussion at a recent forum, I came to believe that the citizens on the Advisory Committee who studied the situation for several months did "due diligence" on the two major issues of concern, location and financing.

Lee, Annes to wed

Don and Pam McDaniel and Ron and Shari Lee announce the upcoming marriage of their son, Justin Morgan Lee to Stefanie Marie Annes, the daughter of William and Beverly Annes.

Gene Autry

Gene Autry, 76, of Payson, Ariz. and formerly of Carlsbad, N.M., died Oct. 3, 2007 in Phoenix.

Robert E. Cotton

Robert E. Cotton died Oct. 7, 2007 at John C. Lincoln North.

Charles Roland Clausen

Charles Roland Clausen, 88, of Payson, died Oct. 4, 2007.

Three Payson residents arrested on drug charges.

Three Payson residents were arrested Sunday on various drug charges, including selling marijuana.

Hospice volunteer training scheduled

A Hospice volunteer is an integral part of the interdisciplinary team that contributes to the overall care and support of a terminally ill person and their family.

Editorial board sought

The Payson Roundup is looking for volunteers to serve a four-month term on the next editorial board, from October to February.

Volunteers needed for Literacy Program

Rim Country Literacy Program needs volunteers to participate in the GED, ESL, FLP programs as tutors. Training and materials are provided.