Community News Briefs


Gem and Mineral Show

The Payson Rimstones Rock Club presents its 12th annual Gem and Mineral Show Oct. 10-11 at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino Event Center Bingo Hall located on the Tonto Apache Reservation just south of Payson off of Highway 87.

Admission is $3 for adults, children under 12 are admitted free (accompanied by an adult.) Discount tickets are available at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, Payson Public Library and Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism office.

Educational booths, as well as displays and lapidary demonstrations, plus vendor booths (with a vast assortment of jewelry, gems, findings, rough slabs, minerals, fossils, books, tools and more) will be available.

Funds from the show assist in providing educational materials to local schools and libraries and one or more scholarships to a graduating senior from a local high school.

The times for the event will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call Barry or Margaret Jones at (928) 476-3513.

Adult ed classes will be offered

Adult Education classes will again be offered in Payson through the Gila County Superintendent of Schools. Classes are offered free of charge for students ages 16 years through adults who are not currently enrolled in high school. Classes meet Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at 112 W. Cedar Lane. Orientation for new adult education students will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Classes include Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education and GED Preparation. One-on-one and small group instruction is offered in all subject areas using text-based materials, computer-assisted applications and distance learning opportunities.

The Gila County Adult Education Program also offers a Distance Learning Program for students who can’t get to a class. All Gila County libraries have a laptop computer set aside for GED Adult Education students. For more information about the Gila County Adult Education Program, contact Leslie Owen at (928) 472-5374 or

Spelling bee is coming soon

Plans are currently being made for the 2010 Gila County Spelling Bee.

Gila County Superintendent of Schools Linda O’Dell looks forward to sending a strong, competitive speller from Gila County to the Arizona State Spelling Bee in March.

Registration is now under way, and must be completed by Oct,. 16, at the Scripps National Spelling Bee Web site, The fee to register is $99. An additional charge of $7.50 has been added if you pay by check, for a total of $106.50 which may be reimbursed by the office of the County Superintendent of Schools.

The Gila County Spelling Bee will take place Friday, Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. at the Miami High School auditorium. Feb. 19 has been designated a back-up date in case of inclement weather or other circumstances.

All public, private and charter schools are eligible to participate in the spelling bee activities. Any school that has not received information about the spelling bee should call Julie Vasquez at (928) 402-8783 for assistance.

Home-schooling groups are encouraged to participate. Interested parents or groups who are home-schooling children in grades 3-8 should call Vasquez, at the number mentioned previously, for further information, including reimbursement for registration.

The 2009 Arizona Spelling Bee champion was So-Young Chung, a seventh-grader at Terramar Elementary School of Peoria.

High school gets Safeway grant

The Payson High School Business Marketing Program recently received a $1,000 grant from Safeway Stores to learn marketing skills and techniques.

PHS marketing teacher, Joe Parone, applied for the grant to fund field trips to businesses with strong marketing departments so students can learn tools and techniques of the marketing trade.

“These experiences that the students will have outside of the Payson area will be invaluable in their understanding of how the real business world operates,” Parone said.

“They will also be able to use this knowledge in the classroom and also in DECA marketing competitions.” DECA is an international association of high school and college students studying marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business and hospitality, among other fields.

Local Safeway manager, Dan Dillon, was delighted to hear that Payson High School had received the grant. He knew that Parone’s application would be judged against many others for funding.

Students will soon travel to the Safeway Regional Distribution Center in Phoenix, a sports career seminar at Chase Field in Phoenix, the Wild Horse Pass Resort in Chandler, and a Major League Baseball spring training complex. Students will view a distribution center, and learn about careers and operations in the sports, entertainment and hospitality marketing venues.


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