Stories for November 2012

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Friday, November 30

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Student Art Show and Sale next Friday

Catch a glimpse of what Gila Community College art students have been working on and maybe even go home with your own one-of-a-kind piece next week at the school’s annual art show.

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Library troubles addressed

Payson has a new librarian. Thank goodness.The Payson Town Council last week officially welcomed newly hired Library Director Emily Linkey, who will take charge of a library in turmoil.

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Search & Rescue going to the dogs

Dog donation comes with one little hitch: The pooch only speaks Czech

Most cowboys are men of few words. Wyman Kendall and Gary Chitwood are no exception.

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Community Almanac

Reservations are due today, Friday, Nov. 30 for the Dec. 7 Premium Wine & Cheese Tasting at Good Samaritan Society Majestic Rim Senior Apartments, 310 E. Tyler Parkway.

Deaths rise as CPS struggles

Both the number of children dying while under the care of Arizona’s Child Protective Services (CPS) and the number of child suicides in the state reached a six-year high, according to the 19th annual state report on child deaths.

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University: Slow but steady

A wealthy family has offered to give the Rim Country Educational Alliance a $10 million, 78-acre resort if it can convince Arizona State University to open a four-year college in Payson.

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Spirit of Christmas Renewed

The Christmas season the musical pagent the “Spirit of Christmas” will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, thanks to a joint effort by area churches.

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Parents complain about school scheduling

Nine parents attended the second Payson Unified School District (PUSD) Parent Advisory Committee meeting on Thursday, Nov. 29. Superintendent Ron Hitchcock started the committee to keep in touch with parents, address their concerns, and discuss topics of interest.

Hate seems to consume letter writer

In response to a letter written by Dave Leland Sr. on Nov. 23.

Sears made us especially thankful

This is a testament to “Shop Local.”

Nepotism in the school district

Spelling word of the week: nepotism.

Arizona attorney general’s credibility diminishes

The top law enforcement official in our state needs to be competent, credible, honest, hard working, and beyond reproach.

Continuing support for PHP appreciated

The volunteers at Payson Helping Payson (PHP) would like to remind the members of our community that donations made before the end of the year, of $200 per individual and $400 for a couple, will once again qualify for a 100 percent tax credit against your state income taxes.

‘Peace on earth and good will toward men’

Now that the season of political personal attacks and backbiting has ended, we can concentrate on “peace on earth and good will toward men.”

Everyone responsible for safe transportation

In regards to folks riding low profile modes of transportation one would think they would do everything possible such as reflectors and flags on poles to give themselves greater visibility.

Greer should resign from PSWID board

This ongoing volcano that has been impacting the entire community of Pine and Strawberry has finally erupted!

Time for Greer to end his service

Once more, the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District finds itself dogpaddling in troubled waters.

Bereaved families join in Worldwide Candle Lighting

Families struggling with the devastating death of a child often find comfort in memory.

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Becoming a force for good

Directors of Rim Country non-profit organizations brainstorm about how to unite to help the community

Although dozens of non-profits in Rim Country must often compete for the same donor base, a group of non-profit directors is finding new ways to work together.

Help needed in Payson by Foster Care Review Board

The Foster Care Review Board is currently seeking three more volunteers in Payson to fill open board positions.

Remembering lost loved ones this Christmas

Many of us greet the holiday season with regrets mixed with the merriment.

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Make music part of your holiday

This holiday season, make time to take a break from all the hustle and bustle and enjoy some great music.

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Martin will help direct county lobbying group

Gila County Supervisor Tommie Cline Martin has been elected by her colleagues as the third vice president of the County Supervisors Association (CSA) Executive Committee.

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Put small businesses on shopping list

Did you do Black Friday? How about Cyber Monday? Small Business Saturday was in there too. Make a stop at any local shops?

Woman passes out in middle of Highway 87

Motorists barely missed striking a woman laying in Highway 87 Thursday night. At least four stopped to help the unconscious woman, several using their vehicles to block traffic and keep her from getting run over. Concerned motorists Amber Marshall and Joanna Conlin were some of the first to stop. Both believed the woman might have been the victim of a hit and run.

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Wedding planner takes inspiration from Pinterest

With photo-sharing sites like Pinterest making it easier for brides to share wedding day inspiration, that picture perfect wedding seems easier than ever to create.

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Controlled burn raises plume of smoke

Pleasant Valley Ranger District fire specialists this week started burning brush and tree thickets on the first of about 2,500 acres, raising a huge plume of smoke visible from all over Rim Country.

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Longhorn thespian group receives ‘excellent’ rating

The Longhorn Theatre Company cleaned up during the Nov. 17-18 Arizona Thespian Festival, a contest that involved students from 92 schools.

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Clubs and Organizations

Ponderosa Bible Church’s Men’s Breakfast for a Buck is at 8 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 1.

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Animal shelter occupancy is high, need is great

As members of the HSCAZ board of directors and staff, we are often asked how we can be actively involved in an organization that confronts the sad reality of animals who have been abandoned, mistreated, lost their human through no fault of their own.

Horns hope to go 3-0 vs. Sequoia Stallions

Basketball team faces opponent for first time ever

The Longhorn boys basketball team puts its 2-0 record on the line this evening against a school Payson has never played before in any sport.

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Coaches honor PHS seniors

The Payson High School boys soccer team turned in one of the finest seasons in program history, but next year...

A case for sticking with school colors

During the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, about the only small-town Arizona high school football team to wear black uniforms was the Round Valley Elks.

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PHS football five voted section honors

When high school coaches gather each postseason to cast their votes for all-section and all-division honorees, the scenario is best summed up, “To the victors belong the spoils.”

Perfect weather greets anglers at bass tourney

Western Outdoor News (WON) Arizona Tournament Director Tracy Purtee is calling Nov. 17, the day he hosted an Avid Angler bass shootout at Roosevelt Lake, “A perfect day for fishing — not too hot, not too cold.”

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P/S looking a lot like Christmas

Santa Claus is making appearances around Pine and Strawberry. People are decorating their homes and their businesses and enjoying seasonal activities.

The right person in the right place can make a vast difference

Last week we spoke of the Miracle of 1801, a moment in time when opposing points of view could have torn our newly founded nation apart.

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It’s parade time in Payson

This Saturday evening, we’ll all have a chance to stand up and sing “I Love A Parade!” as the 12th annual Electric Light Parade proudly marches and wheels its way along Main Street — which will become, for an hour in time, “Electric Avenue.”

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Celebrations all around Rim Country

Hello again, fellow Creekers. On Saturday night, Nov. 17, the Payson Girl Scouts had a “My Guy and Me Dance” at a church gym in town.

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Shopping season slips into high gear

Today is the last day of November which means that the holiday season gets under way in earnest.

Thursday, November 29

Pavement work on State Route 260 east of Payson for next three weeks

No delays expected

The Arizona Department of Transportation will restrict lanes to seal pavement cracks on a three-mile segment of State Route 260 between Star Valley and Payson from Dec. 3 through Dec. 20. Work hours will be 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. During work hours the highway will be restricted to one lane each direction; drivers should expect minor delays.

Wednesday, November 28

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The Gift of Music

Make music part of your holiday

This holiday season, make time to take a break from all the hustle and bustle and enjoy some great music.

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Rim Country Places

Chapter 8 – Chediski is more than a fire

Arizona residents will long remember the Rodeo-Chediski Fire of June 2002.

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Quick cooking for the holidays

When it comes to preparing the family dinner during a busy week, every minute spared is a minute you can spend helping with homework, tackling laundry, or even catching up with the family at the end of the day.

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The live entertainment capital of the world

If somebody asked you, “What is the entertainment capital of the world?” — you would probably answer Las Vegas or New York City.

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At The Movies - Flight

A strongly acted drama

There has been a lot of chatter about “Flight.” I sort of expected something like “The High and the Mighty,” the ’50s hero airline pilot film.

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Getaway Around Rim Country

Members of the Payson Womans Club will have their annual Holly Berry Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Womans Club building on Historic Main Street in Payson.

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Good 2 Go

The eighth annual Rim Country Chamber “Light the Rim” house lighting contest, co-sponsored by H&H Heating & Cooling and the Payson Roundup, is now accepting applications.

Diabetes advice and goals

What advice can you give to senior citizens with type 2 diabetes?

Tuesday, November 27

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Prescribed burn east of town this week

A massive plume of smoke over Rim Country Tuesday afternoon alarmed several residents. The Forest Service says the “Chamberlin” fire is under control and was purposely set to burn through debris. Crews started the burn in the Pleasant Valley Ranger District of the Tonto National Forest, setting the fire during the cool, relatively moist conditions to burn through accumulated brush and small trees. Crews used roads as fire breaks to contain the spread of the fire. Forest Service officials say the fire will probably continue to produce a plume of smoke throughout the week. For more information, call the Pleasant Valley Ranger District at (928) 462-4300.

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Giving Thanks

Elks dinner offers chance to help others through service

The family of four sat in the back room of the Elks Lodge as the elderly took the seats nearest the serving line.

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The Pine water plot thickens

Questions mount about $9,000 in credit card charges by board member

Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District treasurer Mike Greer charged more than $9,000 during the past year to a PSWID credit card, according to documents supplied in response to a Payson Roundup Freedom of Information request.

Sentence delayed in child abuse case

A woman likely facing prison time after a jury convicted her of burning her child with cigarettes is free another two weeks after a judge postponed her sentencing.

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Prop. 118: A welcome pittance for schools

$8.4 million boost, will bring in just $9 for each student

Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey last week issued a press release saying Proposition 118 will generate $8.4 million for the state’s schools.

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Top dog: She’s light on her paws

She has soulful, golden brown eyes, a soft coat of dark red and white and a quiet, comforting presence.

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GCC board getting its whatnot together

The Gila Community College board is finally getting its whatnot together. More or less.

Help for holiday appreciated

We are truly blest to live in such a giving community!

What’s more: $8 million or $1 billion?

Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey did everything he could to defeat Proposition 204 and ensure Arizona remains dead last when it comes to funding public schools.

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Record number of foreign exchange students at PHS

Payson High School has a record number of foreign exchange students this year.

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Bowl & grin

A second and larger donation to Special Olympics will be made after the first of the year as a result of the annual Tootsie Roll drive accomplished by Knights here in Payson.

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County voters cast more early ballots than ever

Gila County mailed 17,231 early ballots to voters for the Nov. 6 general election. Voters returned nearly 82 percent (14,126).

Local volunteers head to East Coast for clean up

Two Rim Country residents have headed to the East Coast to help with Hurricane Sandy cleanup efforts.

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Talent show attracts diverse performances

Payson High School’s Drama Department recently hosted a highly entertaining and successful talent show, “Payson’s Got Talent.”

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Payson approves contracts for airport improvements

Automated weather system, runway upgrades slated

The Payson Town Council last week approved a series of contracts to make improvements in the operations of the Payson Airport, the first major investments since the town regained control of the airport from a group of airport users.

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Beautiful chamber music from beautiful musicians

The critically acclaimed Aleron Trio will present their charming virtuosity in a Tonto Community Concert program highlighting composers Beethoven, Schoenfield and more at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

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Nov. 27 - You Pick 'Em Football Contest. Win up to $20 Each Week of the NFL Football Season!

Win up to $20 each week of the NFL football season. See your copy of the Payson Roundup in the Sports Section to enter.

Longtime Rim Country resident Dixie Jones passes away

Dixie Lee Jones, aged 78, passed away peacefully on Nov. 23, 2012 in Goodyear, her husband Lee, and sons Austin, Emmett, Sheldon and Kevin were by her side.

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Selling your home during the holidays

Is the holiday season a good time to sell your home? Sellers are sometime reluctant to put their home on the market during this time for various reasons

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Gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer tax

The current gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer tax (GSTT) exemption of $5,120,000 is scheduled to sunset at the end of this year.

Football field becomes stage to remember

Centennial High School in Corona, Calif. has produced several Division I football stars including Arizona State University’s standout defensive lineman Will Sutton.

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Lady Longhorns steamroll Globe Tigers

Girls basketball team puts up 51-0 score in season opening game

Calling the Lady Longhorn basketball team’s season-opening win over Globe a blowout would be an understatement.

PHS grads build mat dynasty for GCU

Former Longhorns LaHaye and Wilbanks lead college wrestling program to victory

Former Payson High School wrestling stars R. C. LaHaye and Larry Wilbanks are on the cutting edge of building a mat dynasty at Grand Canyon University.

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Tucson race draws father, son cyclists for 85-mile segment

Payson High School teacher George Conley and his son Daniel turned the 30th Annual El Tour de Tucson bicycle race into a highly memorable bonding adventure.

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Payson teen takes PP&K state crown

Rim Country Middle School eighth-grader Kenneth Ayres passed, punted and kicked his way to the NFL PP&K 14-15-years boys Arizona state championship by racking up 333 points.

Community service is very rewarding

Throughout my high school career I have spent a great many of my weekends and summers volunteering for the Payson Elks Lodge.

Fiscal cliff

There’s been a lot of talk and articles in the Roundup about the fiscal cliff. I’d like to add my view.

Republicans made this Independent happy

One could almost feel sorry for the Republican whiners who are still spewing their hate and misinformation.

Driving is no mindless act

To all of those people out there who refuse to take driving seriously, here’s a challenge: Go to the Motor Vehicle Division and request a re-test of your driving skills.

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Rim Country launches into holiday season

Payson and Pine fire up twinkling Christmas lights

I coaxed my 12-year-old daughter, Crystal, away from her computer for a shopping trip this weekend, feeling nostalgic for the cheesy, hand-painted Christmas tree ornaments that have become the ghost of Christmas past dangling on our tree.

Not much ado about not much to do

Ah, the good old days.

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Six new firefighters join Payson team

You can’t wipe the smiles off Payson Fire Department’s newest firefighters.

Community Almanac

Salvation Army holiday bell ringer volunteers are needed for two-hour shifts every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Walmart, Safeway, Bashas’ and Walgreens.

Clubs and Organizations

The Loyal Order of the Moose meetings are at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

Friday, November 23

Payson Lions need help fighting measles

Payson Lions are always working to make a difference in the community — the community they call home and the community of the world.

Star Valley’s financial bliss:

Town running behind on spending, but ahead on revenues

Colors, pie charts, graphs and more show the status of Star Valley finances.

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Healthy little turkey trotters

Payson P.E. teachers teach kids healthy habits at Thanksgiving

They run. They walk. They groan as the minutes go by and ask, “How much more time?”

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The season of sharing

Payson puts the giving in Thanksgiving

Around Rim Country this Thanksgiving, just about everyone had a chance to savor a full belly of turkey.

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Better late than never

GCC gets good, but belated budget news

After a five-month wait, the Gila Community College board learned last week that the district is solvent after all.

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Eagle squabble renewed

Environmental groups file new lawsuit to force endangered listing

They’re baaaaack. And they still want the desert-nesting Arizona bald eagles protected.

Community Almanac

Salvation Army holiday bell ringer volunteers are needed for two-hour shifts every Thursday, Friday and Saturday

No broken dream here

Mr. Hawthorne, if you “no longer believe in the U.S.A.” might I suggest you put down your pen and do something about it.

Thanksgiving blessings in Rim Country

We have tallied our many blessings. We have offered our prayers of gratitude. We have looked up and around our beloved community.

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Future Payson scientists visit Arizona State University

Shatter racquetballs, observe fire ants 200 times their size

The green ball dropped to the ground with a “POP” and promptly shattered.

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State senator wants to transform school funding

Newly elected District 6 state Senator Chester Crandell (R-Heber) says that he wants to free local schools from state restrictions — but link their funding to the results they achieve.

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Archery classes hitting the target

Four archery students walk to the bows hanging from hooks, grab one, move next to an orange cone with arrows sticking out and place the end of the bow on their toe.

For reference: a basketball jargon lesson

Some basketball coaches, including Joe Sanchez at Payson High School, refer to player positions with numbers, 1 through 5, rather than names.

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Moore claims Turkey title

Tyler Moore edged runner-up Isom White by eight seconds to win first place in the town-sponsored Turkey Trot 5K held Nov. 17 at Green Valley Park.

Payson pair await state invitation

A pair of aspiring young football players have won both Payson and Sectional Punt, Pass and Kick competitions.

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Sanchez confident 2012-2013 Longhorns are solid

With only two returning starters from last year’s Payson High boys basketball team, the Longhorns appear to be an underdog in the chase for the Division III state championship.

Democrats flushed the toilet

Mr. Ric Hawthorne (Letter to Editor, Nov. 13 edition): Could not agree with you more!

Many made PAWS Chili Supper super

PAWS (Payson Area Woofers Society) would like to thank the Elks for the use of their facility for the very successful 16th Annual Chili Supper.

Wonderful Rim Country folks made event a success

The staff and volunteers of the Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund give a heartfelt thanks to the many donors who helped make the eighth annual GLH Costume Party a success.

Greer should resign

As I read the article “Pine/Strawberry water district boils over” — all I could say with complete exasperation was, “What next?”

We can’t mend what can’t be fixed

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ric Hawthorne for the most articulate summation of how so many of my peers and I feel after the Nov. 6 election.

Human rights group writes letters to liberate prisoners

The Payson Chapter of Amnesty International hopes local residents will on Dec. 8 join in a crusade that has already freed 45,000 prisoners of conscience held around the world.

Tis the season — The 12 Ways of Giving to animals

The holiday season is upon us and we’ve put together a list of the 12 ways you can give to the animals at the HSCAZ shelter.

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There’s so much for which to be thankful

Last weekend the Christopher Creek Homeowners Association decorated the creek and Christopher Creek Loop with holiday lights and decorations.

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New battalion chief has first duty

Since you are reading this column on Friday, Thanksgiving Day is over, except for the leftovers. How many ways can you fix leftover turkey?

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Thanks in music over the years

With music, some artists have thanked God for the blessings they have in their lives.

In 1801 our new nation faced its greatest test

I make no bones about it — I love this land of ours. I am proud to be a part of it and what it stands for.

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Festival of Lights this weekend

The 4th annual Festival of Lights and Tree Lighting is this weekend at the P/S Community Center.

Wednesday, November 21

More and more children getting kidney stones

Does it hurt you to exercise if you have a cold?

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Celebrating the sandwich

After the heavy, hearty, delicious fare of the holidays, it’s time to lighten up some.

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A DudeRanch Vacation

Tired of the usual vacations you have recently taken?

At the Movies

Skyfall - A triumphant celebration

I have been watching Bond films for most of my life and I bet many of you have too.

Getaway Around Rim Country

Payson Lions Charitable Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization serving the needs of Payson and surrounding communities with eye exams, glasses, hearing assistance and other community services.

Good 2 Go

Resolve this holiday season to give at lease one unique gift to everyone on your list.

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Chamber music concert

The critically acclaimed Aleron Trio will present their charming virtuosity in a Tonto Community Concert program highlighting composers Beethoven, Schoenfield and more at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30 at the Payson High School Auditorium

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What is Zane Grey Country?

If you have been around the Payson area much, you’ve probably seen the term Zane Grey Country.

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’Tis the season ...

Rim holiday season sizzles with events

Are you ready? If not — get ready. It’s Rim Country’s holiday season.

Tuesday, November 20

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Wither goest Payson?

What sort of town do you want to live in?

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Payson top spot for medical pot

Gila County leads the state in the number of medical marijuana cardholders per capita, according to a report released Friday.

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Flight to safety

Women struggle to rebuild after escaping violent relationships

Every morning, 48-year-old Paula wakes up with a smile.

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Payson’s got big brains!

Team scores at Academic Decathlon

Trey Butler walked onto the stage wearing neckties around his head, a black dress shirt and trousers.

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In PSWID muddy waters run deep

Murky water spurs controversy, conflicting theories

About 30 distraught Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District customers confronted board members during a Nov. 15 meeting demanding to know why water in the two mountain hamlets is often turbid, sandy and seemingly undrinkable.

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School district struggles to grade teachers

If you copy the same internal measures of success year after year, you are sure to get the same results year after year — which won’t produce improvement.

Community Almanac

A Disney Showcase will be presented by the PHS Musical Theatre Club as a benefit for its spring musical, “Beauty and the Beast.”

Payson faces crucial choices

Payson has a long, rich history and a distinctive character — but economically it’s still a gangly teenager, wondering whether to go to college and what the heck to major in.

Department of transportation braces for snow season

Snow season got off to an early start last week, pushing the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) to ready its winter operations plan.

Musical weekend coming up

Mountain High Coffee Works presents The Brasen Family in concert from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23 at 612 N. Beeline Highway in the Swiss Village.

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Some school aides will get raise

Board hopes boost to $10 an hour will stop alarming turnover

To end the constant turnover of aides in the Payson Unified School District, the school board Monday approved a creative solution.

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’Tis the season ...

Rim holiday season sizzles with events

Are you ready? If not — get ready. It’s Rim Country’s holiday season.

What the election means for your tax bill

Now that the election results are in, it is time to think about what they mean for your future — specifically, your financial future.

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Big 5 Sporting Goods opens

Grand opening sale slated for Black Friday

After only a few weeks of construction, Big 5 Sporting Goods has opened in Payson, marking the 37th Big 5 franchise in Arizona.

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Nov. 20 - You Pick 'Em Football Contest. Win up to $20 Each Week of the NFL Football Season!

Win up to $20 each week of the NFL football season. See your copy of the Payson Roundup in the Sports Section to enter.

Clubs and Organizations

This club is for anyone with a connection to Wisconsin.

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Payson girl rodeo royalty

Paige Creasy, 10, daughter of Stephanie and Tony Creasy and granddaughter of Corky and Bill Armstrong, all of Payson, is the Navajo County Rodeo Princess 2012-2013. 

Get a flu shot – not the flu

Now is the time to protect yourself against the flu by getting your flu vaccine early.

Celebrate Thanksgiving by giving

Happy Thanksgiving! What are you most grateful for on this holiday?

Honors, awards abound for fall season sports

Payson High School football players, their families and coaches gathered last evening, Monday, in Julia Randall Elementary School cafeteria for the traditional season-ending awards banquet.

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Senior to lead new season

Payson High senior Chioya Hill, the hard-nosed player with the rock ’em sock ’em attitude and a love of basketball, could be the key to any success the Lady Longhorn basketball team enjoys during the coming season.

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All division taps 2 with Payson ties

 A former Lady Longhorn star and a current Payson High standout were named to all division honorable mention volleyball teams when the Arizona Republic sports staff announced on Sunday its choices of the best players in the state.

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Longhorn wrestlers flying under the radar

Payson High wrestling coach Casey Woodall is not letting the lack of a single returning state placer curb his enthusiasm for his current team.

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Marksmen take aim at Turkey Shoot

Organizers hope to make the popular contest annual event

Shooters of all ages and skill levels turned out Saturday at Jim Jones Range hoping to walk away with a Thanksgiving turkey.

Be loyal, buy local Small Business Saturday

Over the last seven years, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce has waved banners, written articles and generally screamed, “Be Loyal, Buy Local” for all of our businesses in Rim Country.

Veterans day article moving tribute

I wish to congratulate the Payson Roundup newspaper and, particularly, Mr. Pete Aleshire, editor, for an outstanding article written in the Tuesday, Nov. 13 edition of the Roundup newspaper.

Thank you for coverage of PSWID meeting

Thank you for covering the last PSWID meeting and for reporting it in your newspaper.

Fortunate to have PRMC

Too often I have heard negative opinions regarding our local hospital, Payson Regional Medical Center.

Magical evening helps a lot

Another year, another magical evening at the llama ranch in Strawberry! Joyce and John Bittner of Fossil Creek Creamery recently presented Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction, Inc. with a donation of $3,200 from the second annual Farm Dinner.

Step on the gas

Let’s drive off the fiscal cliff.

Friday, November 16

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PHS alums fish to third in All-Star showdown

Armed with youthful enthusiasm and a passion for fishing, a pair of Payson High School 2011 graduates is determined to make their mark on the professional bass fishing circuit.

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Final vote count confirms results

Ballot totals rise, but results don’t change

Gila County finally finished counting its 3,400 provisional ballots Thursday, but the late-breaking ballots didn’t change any results.

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Business survivors, helpers honored

Senior Center, Messinger Payson Funeral Home and Home Depot, lauded for help to the community

Tuesday’s Rim Country Business Awards started with a somber reminder — a two-minute video slide show of people waiting in line for food, out of work and boarded up businesses.

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Pipeline work will challenge drivers

Town already tearing up streets to prepare for arrival of Blue Ridge water in three years

Construction work to bring C.C. Cragin water to Payson in three years is well under way.

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Supervisors play Santa for Gila County workers

One-time $500 payment represents first pay boost in four years

As promised when crafting the budget for 2012-13, Gila County supervisors approved a nice, early Christmas present for employees.

Pine/Strawberry water district boils over

Meeting roiled by charges board member misused credit card

Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District member Tom Weeks startling discovery that board treasurer Mike Greer has without approval been using a PSWID credit card that almost no one knew existed fueled an explosion of accusations and finger-pointing during last night’s meeting.

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Salvation Army needs ringers

Starting next Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, you’ll notice something a little different at the entrances at Walmart, Bashas’, Safeway and Walgreens.

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Holiday Open House tomorrow

Why wait for Black Friday? Kick off the holiday tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 17 at the 14th Annual P/S Merchants Holiday Open House.

Board decision on stipend is disheartening

It makes sense that the Payson School Board would render the morale-busting decision to turn down Superintendent Ron Hitchcock’s recommendation to award teachers a one-time $1,000 stipend and instead give them $750.

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Awards banquet caps 2012 men’s golf season

Payson Men’s Golf Association members weren’t singing “Turn out the lights the party’s over,” as Dandy Don once did on Monday Night Football, but they were bemusing the end of a highly successful 2012 season at an awards banquet held Nov. 12 at Diamond Point Shadows.

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All-section, all-division team selection set

The volleyball battles for team honors wrapped up at last week’s season-ending state tournament signaling the beginning of the pursuit for individual laurels.

AIA to launch realignment of divisions and sections

The state’s prep sports landscape will undergo major changes when the Arizona Interscholastic Association completes its realignment of schools for the 2013-2015 school years.

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School facility fees here to stay

Board reaffirms school fees, despite criticism of impact

Despite claims of coercion, the school board decided Monday night to leave in place fees it charges clubs and organizations to use school facilities.

Community Almanac

The high school is collecting canned food items to be donated to local families in need and St. Vincent de Paul’s food bank.

Thanks for support

I want to personally thank all those who supported me throughout the campaign and voted for me on election day.

Proud to work with Hallie Overman-Jackman

Congratulations to Tommie Martin for winning her third term as county supervisor.

Teens abusing over-the counter drugs

It is hard to imagine that items you may already have in your medicine cabinet can be used by teens to get high.

Serving the beloved community

Rim Country’s the best place you’re ever going to live. And this week, we got another reminder of why that’s true.

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Saying thanks, one trash bag at a time

PHS science class shows gratitude for Credit for Kids

“Thank you science teachers!” yelled Jeff Scanson, from the Payson High School (PHS) maintenance staff.

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Before the next big cold snap, make sure you get those chimneys checked

There was frost on the pumpkin this past week! In fact it was downright cold.

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2012 PWGA season ends

The PWGA 2012 season officially ended Oct. 30 with the members dressed as witches and participating in the Jellybean Game.

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School board seeks ideas on fate of Frontier Elementary

With the voters’ blessing to do what it wants with Frontier Elementary, the school board Monday night said it wants to hear from the community.

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Unity of Payson celebrates first anniversary

This time of year we all start thinking of the things for which we are thankful.

Bass virus spreading in Arizona lakes

Game and Fish seeks help from boaters, fishermen to prevent spread of invasive species and fish diseases

Arizona Game and Fish Department officials have confirmed the presence of a largemouth bass virus in Lake Pleasant that also showed up in bass in Roosevelt Lake several years ago.

Access to Social Security services reduced again

Struggling with ongoing budget cuts, the Social Security Administration has once again restricted services for Rim Country retirees.

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Maple Trees Gone Wild…

and me along with them.

What’s Color Got to Do, Got to Do with It?

The last supper around a campfire and a Dutch oven

The mountains had ruined the straight muscular body we remembered as children, turned it into a crooked spine, arthritic hands and a wrinkled face that exudes wilderness wisdom.

Keep pets safe from hazards of Thanksgiving holiday

Thanksgiving is an eventful holiday for many people.

Clubs and Organizations

Rim Country Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) will meet at 8 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 17 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260.

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CC homeowners group changes guard

On Saturday, Oct. 20 the Christopher Creek Homeowners Association held its semi-annual membership meeting.

Depression kids kept eyes peeled for food

One day, one of the wisest men I have ever personally known was running a meeting when someone asked a question.

Thursday, November 15

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Tellabration

A time for terrific tall tales and some Arizona history

Once again fans of old-fashioned story telling will flock to Pine Community Center the Saturday before Thanksgiving for Tellabration.

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Happy holiday entertaining

Host a holiday party that’s simple and festive with a combination of pre-made and homemade delights from the celebration experts at Wilton.

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Let’s play golf!

Many consider Arizona to be the golfing capital of the West.

At The Movies

The Master - Film’s ambition unfulfilled

This is a very ambitious film, but one with its ambition unfulfilled. 

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Getaway Around Rim Country

The November Chamber Mixer will be held at THAT Brewery in Pine from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15.

Good 2 Go

The Pine Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild will be open every weekend in November for the annual Holiday Boutique.

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Good times await in the great outdoors

It’s autumn and that means it’s time for the annual Turkey Trot 5K at Green Valley Park on Saturday, Nov. 17.

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Rim Country Places

Chapter 7 – The Secrets of Butterfly Springs

Tucked obscurely away inside the Payson town limits is an ancient Native American campground.

Trigger finger not a cowboy disorder

Can hair grow on the lips if a person shaves very close to the upper and lower lips?

Tuesday, November 13

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Business awards honor Rim Country's best

The best of Payson were honored Tuesday during the annual Rim Country Business Awards. In the non-profit category, the Payson Senior Center took top honor. The Pine-Strawberry Fuel Reduction, Inc. and Tonto Rim Search and Rescue, Inc. were also nominated for the award. In the small business category, Messenger Payson Funeral Home took home the title, beating out Mattress Experts and Payson Farmers Market.

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County still counting votes

Close races still hanging in the balance as tally drags on

A week has passed since the election, but Gila County is still counting ballots.

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Honoring those who served

It’s those darn kids. The cute-as-kittens kindergartners from Payson Elementary School sat fidgeting all the way through the hour-long round of tributes to Rim Country veterans.

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Teachers will get federal windfall

Christmas will come early for staff at Payson Unified School District.

Additional votes don't change election results

Early Tuesday morning, the county posted most of the remaining early and provisional ballots. The additional votes did little to change election results. In the close races for Payson Unified School District and the Northern Gila County Sanitary District, things remained the same.

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Big reward offered for elk poacher

State officials want help catching who shot four elk near Chaparral Pines, the latest in a series of still-mysterious elk deaths in the area.

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GCC seeking university partners to streamline degrees

Tired of sitting by the phone like a wallflower waiting for something to happen, Gila Community College (GCC) has convened a committee to work with the state’s universities to help students earn quick, inexpensive college degrees.

Community Almanac

The Rim Country Rotary is having a spaghetti dinner to help the Payson Food Bank.

Well done, Payson

Gratitude is extended to all those who attended and participated in the Payson Veterans Day Tribute.

Welcome to your future

Wednesday, Nov. 7 — This is what we have woken up to my friends. Welcome to your future.

A Soldier’s Prayer

This prayer was written by my father while serving overseas in 1939.

Hopes for Hike, Bike, & Run

I am writing to let folks know what is happening with Hike, Bike, & Run.

Job well done

During this time of ugly campaigns, I would like to congratulate one candidate for her integrity.

Thank you

Thank you for your clear and extensive coverage of the election results.

We must never fail them again

Words fail. We struggle to find them, but we end up caught between sorrow and admiration, guilt and gratitude.

Sharing some insight on living with epilepsy

Besides the ever-famous “No Shave November,” November is also the month that promotes epilepsy awareness.

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Volunteers needed to help with free meal

Elks, others offering free feast for Thanksgiving

Once again this year, the members of the Payson Elks Lodge will open their doors and hearts to Rim residents and visitors for a free Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

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Cold front delivers first dose of winter

Brrr. After a cold weekend in Rim Country, it is officially time to break out the nubby sweaters and hot cocoa.

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Nov. 13 - You Pick 'Em Football Contest. Win up to $20 Each Week of the NFL Football Season!

You Pick 'Em Football Contest. Win up to $20 Each Week of the NFL Football Season! Win up to $20 each week of the NFL football season. See your copy of the Payson Roundup in the Sports Section to enter.

AD says teams will surprise fans this year

Newly appointed Payson High School Athletic Director Don Heizer has yet to achieve the notoriety of that 80-year-old auto magnate who spouts the catch phrase “That ain’t no bull,” but he’s beating the bushes around town with a goal of generating support for Longhorn sports programs.

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TRSC hosts Turkey Shoot at Jim Jones Range

The Payson Men’s Golf Association is well known for its “Turkey Shoot” formatted links tournaments, but a marksmanship contest more similar to a real hunt could be an upcoming Tonto Rim Sports Club-hosted Turkey Shoot

Let’s Talk Fishin’ outdoor expo set

Both seasoned and amateur fishermen will have a golden opportunity to rub elbows with some of the state’s finest anglers at the 2nd Annual Let’s Talk Fishin’ Outdoorsman’s Yard Sale on Dec. 8 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.

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Curtain falls on PMGA campaign

As the fall golf season began winding down, Payson Men’s Golf Association members were seen scrambling to get as much tournament play in as possible before the winter recess arrived.

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Ex-Longhorn distance star now promotes mixed martial arts events

The persona a student athlete is known for in high school often doesn’t carry over into his adult career choice.

Clubs and Organizations

The Loyal Order of the Moose meetings are at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

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Gather ’round: It’s story time

Celebration of old-fashioned storytellers comes to Pine this weekend

Once again, fans of old-fashioned storytelling will flock to the Pine Community Center the Saturday before Thanksgiving for Tellabration.

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New stylist joins Studio B

Lindsay Nichols, a licensed cosmetologist, has joined the Studio B Salon.

What are your responsibilities as a buyer?

Watching the news, it seems like no one ever wants to take responsibility for their actions.

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Important to maintain perspective and stick to long-term action plan

The markets celebrated President Obama’s re-election with a quick drop, as investors seemed to shift their focus to re-emerging debt problems in Europe and the fiscal cliff here in the U.S.

Expert offers tips on coping with arthritis

More than 70 million Americans suffer one of the many forms of arthritis.

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New scholarships offered through Masons, OES

To celebrate National Education Week, Nov. 11-17, the Sy Harrison Masonic Lodge No. 70 and Ponderosa Chapter No. 64 Order to the Eastern Star have announced plans to award $2,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors from Payson High School.

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Swiss Village continues holiday tradition

Rebecca Acord, owner of the Swiss Village store complex, hopes the holiday celebrations this year honor family and tradition.

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Forest Service plans controlled burns this week

This weekend’s weather will determine what and where fire managers choose to burn this week.

Friday, November 9

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Cliffhangers and game changers

Crucial election turns on shift of political power to North Gila County

Republicans took a beating across the nation on Tuesday, but triumphed in Northern Gila County, Moreover, the Republican sweep locally marked a striking shift of political power in the county from south to north, attended by a stark division in voting patterns.

Woman guilty of child abuse and neglect

Jury deliberates for 3.5 hours in case where daughter was burned with cigarettes

After a four-day trial, a jury found a Payson woman guilty Friday of burning her child with cigarettes.

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Combat comrades reunited at Marine bash

Marines celebrate by finding missing man from a squad of heroic veterans from Vietnam

Some 47 years ago, 12,000 miles from home on a hot LZ, a handful of Marines from I-Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Division came under intense enemy fire as they loaded their severely wounded buddy on a medivac chopper.

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Schools must overhaul lessons, testing and teacher evaluations

Common Core standards will face dramatic changes in next two years designed to stress critical thinking

Rumors and whispers swirl about the newest educational reform: the common core standards.

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Burger King fast food getaway not so swift

As popular 1980s jingles go, McDonald’s said, “You deserve a break today” and Wendy’s asked, “Where’s the beef?”

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Food drive organizers scrambling

With the chair of Payson’s food drive deployed to New York City to help clean up after Hurricane Sandy, fellow organizers are regrouping to keep the drive on track.

Community Almanac

The Payson Elks Lodge is hosting a benefit lunch and bingo session to raise funds for its annual holiday Children’s Shopping Spree.

Now, finally we must do something

Finally. No more campaign ads. No more talking about what we ought to do. Time to actually do something.

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Frontier, bonuses crowd school agenda

Now that voters have approved Payson Unified School District’s (PUSD) plans to turn Frontier into an asset rather than a drain, the school board can take the next step.

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Incumbent treasurer has edge, but ballots still uncounted

Incumbent Gila County Treasurer Deborah Savage maintained an 1,100 vote lead over Republican challenger Don Ascoli on Thursday, with 3,400 provisional and early ballots still uncounted.

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North County cinches sheriff’s race for Shepherd

Sheriff’s race breaks South County long Democratic monopoly on the office at the end of a polite campaign

Republican Adam Shepherd easily won his long race for Gila County Sheriff Tuesday, thanks mostly to North County voters.

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Incumbent supervisor re-elected in a landslide

Martin heaves a sigh of relief after pulling off tough fight with Overman-Jackman

Even after eight years in office and the election night experience that brings, Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin admitted to being nervous as she awaited the early returns at the county offices Tuesday night.

Mixed message for Hellsgate

Voters picked an incumbent and two newcomers for the fire district board, including a critic of current policies

Larry Cory, Fred Horton and Gary Norem have likely been elected to serve on the five-member Hellsgate Fire District board for four years.

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Upset: Payson realtor unseats assessor

Incumbent assessor Dale Hom lost his first election in 24 years on Tuesday night to Payson realtor Deborah Hughes.

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Challenger wins sanitary board seat

Not-yet-counted ballots could still shake up results after vigorous campaign

Tea Party activist Shirley Dye will make history when she joins the Northern Gila County Sanitary District board.

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Flake wins contentious contest for U.S. Senate

Republican Rep. Jeff Flake Tuesday won a bruising U.S. Senate fight against former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona.

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Gosar easy victory; Kirkpatrick comeback

North and South Gila County both go their different ways

Republican Congressman Paul Gosar proved the wisdom of his recent address change from Flagstaff to Prescott by cruising to an easy win in a redrawn Congressional District 4.

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GOP sweeps legislative seats in Rim Country

Crandell turns back Democratic effort, Thorpe, Barton clean up in North County

Rim Country voters provided the clump of ballots that secured a narrow but decisive victory for three Republicans seeking seats in the Legislature representing District 6.

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Gila County voters mostly cry out ‘me too’ on propositions

In ballot proposition results, Gila County voters echoed statewide outcomes with a mostly extra-conservative twist.

Pine School: Voters pick one incumbent and two newcomers

The only incumbent running for the Pine-Strawberry School District easily retained her seat Tuesday.

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Payson school board hopes for ‘good mix’ of new members

Underwood returns with newcomers Quinlan, Dye, but ballots still uncounted

Rim Country voters handily reelected school board incumbent Barbara Underwood.

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Open house of Merritt Center this weekend

On Monday, visit with returning veterans and those that have supported the Merritt Center’s training for integration and civilian re-entry program. At The Merritt Lodge Veterans Day, Nov. 11 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. The Merritt Center, a 501C3 organization, offers a free 4-weekend educational program to returning combat vets. Stop in to hear the stories of these veterans and those who have financially supported the program.

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Last rush of FALL

Lobo crashes through the fallen leaves, scattering questions on why the season’s change has such an impact

“Lobooooooo,” I holler, as a breeze swirled up the East Verde River, setting the yellow cottonwood leaves a flutter.

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Start getting ready for Christmas now

By today, everyone should know who will lead our country. I pray that whichever candidate won that he leads with the Lord’s help. Our nation is on the brink of ____ (you can fill in the blank).

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Quilting sweeping the Rim by storm

I have to admit that I really know very little about quilting, but what I do know about it is that it’s a phenomenon that seems to be sweeping the Rim Country by storm.

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Great job by all who made October 20 fun

Saturday, Oct. 20 was an active, busy and fun day in Christopher Creek.

Happiness is all in how you view life

As I write this it is 1:32 in the afternoon on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, and it is a VERY good day.

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Much to be thankful for all month

The forest has presented its fall wardrobe and it is spectacular.

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Expect conditioned, disciplined Longhorns

There are 40 young men vying for 12 spots on each of the three 2012-2013 Longhorn basketball teams.

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Town plans plenty of great events for fall fun and activities

It’s fall in Rim Country and the weather is fine.

Merry Mall at Methodist Church

The annual Merry Mall event is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St., Payson.

Clubs and Organizations

Aglow International invites men and women of Rim Country to attend its quarterly meeting from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov.

Free pet adoptions for veterans next week with proof of service

This Monday, Nov. 12 we celebrate Veterans Day, an official U.S. holiday honoring the service of our country’s armed service veterans.

Improve Rumsey playground

In the town of Payson, I have realized that we do not have a good playground at Rumsey.

Thanks for the opportunity

Through your publication, I wish to thank the citizens of Legislative District 6 for the opportunity to run for the Senate seat and for the 19 years of appointive and elective public service.

Congratulations

Congratulations to Tommie Cline Martin!

Face the facts

Regarding your “University fund-raising effort hits key goal” item.

Time to be thankful and gratefu

Now that the elections are over, it is time to focus on the blessings we have.

The simple question

Do you, as an extreme liberal, really want to live under a government like Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela or Fidel’s Cuba?

Proud of great group

We would like to congratulate the Rim Country Middle School choir for representing Payson at the Arizona State Fair in October.

Scholarships made a difference in my life

My name is Lori Mott, formally Lori Kirschbaum.

Tax credit for PCK

As the holiday season rapidly approaches, we all find ourselves bombarded with donation requests.

Thoughtfulness appreciated

Rock and I would like to thank our friends and neighbors for their deeds of kindness and thoughtfulness following the untimely death of my sister, Pam Anderson.

Thursday, November 8

Getaway Around Rim Country

It’s autumn, and that means it’s time for the annual Turkey Trot 5K at Green Valley Park on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Good 2 Go

Payson and Rim Country residents will honor veterans with two programs for Veterans Day.

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Tellabration Time

Once again, fans of old-fashioned story telling will flock to Pine Community Center the Saturday before Thanksgiving for Tellabration.

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Astounding art from bits & pieces of Fabric

The art created from bits and pieces of fabric found at the 8th Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup will astound, amaze and delight.

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At The Movies

Here Comes the Boom and Fun Size

Kevin James is quite charming and affecting in what would otherwise be a sub-par comedy.

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Exploring Central America

When considering travel destinations, many of us rarely consider Central America as a vacation area. Probably more Americans have traveled to Costa Rica, but that’s about it for most.

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‘FreshOver’ Recipe Guide offers delicious, healthier meal options

To help families transform ordinary meals into fresher versions that the whole family will feel good about eating, Ziploc Brand has partnered with best-selling author and TV personality Rachael Ray to bring healthier food choices to tables with the Great American FreshOver Project, a fresh food makeover made easy.

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What Tonto Natural Bridge was likeBack in the Day

Tonto Natural Bridge was settled by David Gowan in the 1870s and later patented by a nephew of his, David Gowan Goodfellow.

Immaculate Blood

When it comes to giving blood, those closest to me know that I am the biggest wuss ever!

Shocking the heart back to normal

We want to have children, but not right away. How long can a woman take the pill?

Wednesday, November 7

Make changes in your home to be ‘fall safe’

Recently Len and I attended a program on fall prevention at the Powell House presented by Toba Robinson, director of therapy services for KC’s Home Health Care in Phoenix.

Survey finds prescription drug abuse a danger for Rim Country seniors

A recent survey of local seniors found most do not know where to access substance abuse services and a majority don’t feel like they have an active role in the community.

Tuesday, November 6

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Republicans sweep state, congressional legislative seats

Republicans Tuesday appeared to have swept the three state Legislative District 6 seats representing Rim Country with victories for Rep. Chester Crandell in the senate and both Rep. Brenda Barton and Bob Thorpe in the state house. Northern Gila County provided the three Republicans with big margins, overcoming Flagstaff-based challenges from Rep. Tom Chabin in the Senate and Angela LeFevre and Doug Ballard in the house. The newly drawn district boundaries provided the Republicans with a registration edge, but the population distribution would seem to have given the Flagstaff-based Democrats a fighting chance.

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Martin wins District 1 supervisor race

As the early ballot results trickled in Tuesday night, Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin waited anxiously in her office off Highway 260 in Payson. “We have got our toes, fingers, ankles and knees crossed,” she said. As the first numbers appeared on the county’s election site, Martin let out a huge grin – she was leading with 73 percent of the votes over Hallie Overman-Jackman.

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Early Gila County election results

Early election results show the county maintaining a strict division between north and south. While Republican candidate Adam Shepherd carried most of the northern precincts for sheriff, Democrat Craig Jones had the south. The men tied on the reservation and Shepherd lead overall in votes and will likely take the position over from outgoing Sheriff John Armer. For assessor, the division between northern and southern voters held.

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University fund-raising effort hits key goal

Backers have raised $133,500 to pay land purchase costs and keep project on track for construction next year

Backers of the plan to build a university in Payson tonight will celebrate hitting crucial fund-raising goals at a 7 p.m. gathering at the Oxbow where they’ll raffle off a $14,000 Polaris ATV.

Heroin overdoses rise dramatically

Two near deaths dramatize surge in Rim Country use

Police say they have seen a dramatic increase in heroin use in the past six months and fear it could lead to a rise in burglaries this winter.

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Schools spend $862,000 on sports and other extracurricular activities

Report puts a price tag on activities in shadow of debate about fees, donations

Extracurricular activities at the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) cost almost a million dollars annually.

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At last!

Election day finally here — political ads are nearly done

Election day: Finally! Tomorrow night: No more campaign ads! Praise the Lord.

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Fiesta!

Payson courts spotlight with entries in Fiesta Bowl Parade

On Dec. 29, the little mountain town of Payson will strut its stuff with both a float and a marching band before an estimated 8 million U.S. viewers at the 40th annual Fiesta Bowl Parade in Tempe.

On probation for accidental gun death, man violates order on Facebook

A Globe man once on probation for the accidental shooting death of a friend will now serve prison time after violating probation.

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Nov. 6 - You Pick 'Em Football Contest. Win up to $20 Each Week of the NFL Football Season!

Win up to $20 each week of the NFL football season. See your copy of the Payson Roundup in the Sports Section to enter.

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Down to the wire

Marching Band falls short of state championship, but remains only rural school to compete in State Festival

Payson High School Marching Band drum major John Buskirk had a tough weekend.

Readers deserve better

You wrote: “... we observed that ... Rep. Brenda Barton didn’t vigorously support a change in the law that would have enabled Arizona State University to partner with Payson to establish a Separate Legal Entity to build the campus.

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You’ve done us proud

You’ve done us proud, kids.

Election day: It’s up to you

Please. Please. Pretty please. Don’t forget to vote.

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An apology, an explanation and more figures

I don’t think Hallie likes me any more, although I was pleased she thought I had some journalist stature to squander.

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Journalist never spoke to me directly

It is amazing that a journalist of your stature would make such outlandish remarks (Fussy flap about stats in supervisor race, Oct. 30) about my candidacy for such an important office without ever speaking to me directly.

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Avoiding a personal financial filibuster

Is the current political race getting in the way of your financial plan?

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A seat for every saddle!

As you can imagine, as a real estate agent, I see all kinds of homes.

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A girl’s gotta run!

Payson teens have trained for weeks for Girls On The Run 5K in Flagstaff

Ten Payson girls will don brightly colored T-shirts, running shoes and probably a warm hat to run the Nov. 10 Girls On The Run (GOTR) 5K race in Flagstaff.

Community Almanac

A team from Payson Crossroads Foursquare Church recently received training to be certified as responders to catastrophic events nationwide.

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Lady Horns eliminated in first round of playoffs

The 2012 season has come to an end for the Lady Longhorn volleyball team.

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Sophomore secures cross country medal and personal best

As sophomore Erin Huffman rounded the last corner of Saturday’s cross-country race, her mother looked on and cheered.

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Payson soccer team takes bronze

Longhorns lose to Desert Christian in 4-3 double overtime

Guess three is the Payson soccer team’s number.

Clubs and Organizations

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of America will meet at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the American Legion Post #69, located at 709 E. Highway 260.

Longhorn postseason comes to close

Sometimes the numbers on the scoreboard aren’t a true reflection of what happened on the football field.

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Recreation Roundup

It’s basketball season for the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.

YMCA at Frontier

An article in the Payson Roundup regarding a recent Payson Unified School Board (PUSD) meeting attributed me as saying that “at one time there was talk of putting a YMCA in Frontier.”

Election winners, remember your pledge of cooperation

I write this as an open letter to the newly elected, the re-elected, and the previously elected on whose shoulders the fate of our nation now depends.

Obama deserves another four years

Let us not forget that when Barack Obama became president the world economy was in a free fall as horrendous as the one that started the Great Depression.

Shame on you

Shame, shame, shame on you! I am disgusted that you allowed the advertisement paid for by K.L. Cool, Vicki Cool and Jim Antich in the Nov. 2 edition of the Payson Roundup.

Saturday, November 3

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Quilters create art that astounds

Next weekend’s Quilt Roundup to showcase finest

The art created from bits and pieces of fabric found at the 8th Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup will astound, amaze and delight.

AHCCCS seeking federal help to expand coverage

In asking the federal government to extend its authority to continue Medicaid coverage for childless adults, Arizona plans to request a higher level of funding available under the Affordable Care Act.

Christopher Creek’s red rocks rival those in Sedona

KMOG radio station blares from my clock radio right on schedule. It’s 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning — hiking day.

Lobos end Longhorn's bid for the playoffs

Sometimes the numbers on the scoreboard aren’t a true reflection of what happened on the football field.

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Novice hiker learns weighty lessons

I should have known something was not quite right when I stepped in a hole where a rock used to be.

Tribal water deal dead

An effort to reach a deal to provide $350 million for three drinking-water projects on the Hopi and Navajo reservations died in Congress recently.

Friday, November 2

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More elk killed at country club

Game and Fish blames poaching for four carcasses found in the past week

More elk have turned up dead in or near the Chaparral Pines gated community east of Payson.

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Raptors preying on small dogs

Hawks, owls or eagles suspected in a string of mysterious attacks in Payson subdivision

Officials believe hawks or owls have killed at least two small dogs in the Woodhill subdivision in the past month.

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The pull of the whirlpool

Abused women seek refuge in a battered shelter, struggling with temptation to return to abusers

Behind locked gates, security cameras and “No Trespassing” signs at the Time Out Shelter, the shadow of domestic violence remain largely hidden from view.

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Candidates leery of using tests to judge teachers

Despite huge differences in background and philosophy, almost all of the nine candidates for a seat on the Payson School Board came to a perhaps surprising agreement: They don’t think teacher evaluations ought to rest mostly on student test scores.

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Trunk or Treat doles out candy, chit-chat & thrills

This year’s Halloween scene at Main Street’s Trunk or Treat and the Oxbow Saloon’s haunted house featured parents with children, excited teenagers, and even grandparents in costume.

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Congressman makes stop at Payson ammo maker

U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar and state Rep. Brenda Barton made a final campaign stop in Payson Wednesday, touring a local ammunition facility.

Community Almanac

A team from Payson Crossroads Foursquare Church recently received training to be certified as responders to catastrophic events nationwide.

Control of state land at heart of ASU’s Payson campus expansion

Much was said last week regarding the record Representative (Brenda) Barton and I have for having fought to secure the future of the Payson campus of Arizona State University.

Strange logic from a legislative candidate

Well. That’s strange. Elsewhere on this page, you’ll find a guest commentary by state Rep. Chester Crandell, who has represented Rim Country in the state Legislature for the past two years.

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All the buzz on Halloween

Halloween morning’s first phone call was from the Beeline Cafe on Highway 87 — better known as the Beeline Highway.

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Popping pumpkins

What’s Halloween without a few exploding pumpkins?

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Food drive angels promise to match $15,000 in donations

Dec. 25 deadline for match donations should shift vital effort to fight hunger in Rim Country into high gear

A week after the Payson Area Food Drive kicked off, things have already picked up.

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Blood tests, vaccinations at health fair Saturday, Nov. 3

The gifting season is at hand. This year, start it by getting the gift of health for yourself and giving the gift of caring for others.

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Shelby School creeps out visitors to Haunted House

Nightmares are made of this

The Shelby School’s Black Plastic Productions presented its annual Haunted House on Friday, Oct. 26.

Time to replace President Obama

Four years ago a country that was hurting responded by hiring Barack Obama to the most powerful position in the world despite an extremely thin resumé.

Voter, did you consent?

As the reader prepares to vote they would be wise to consider the following:

As painless as possible ...

We live on Pine Creek Road in Pine.

Brouwer for school board

Maybe you haven’t had a chance to meet our friend Lynnette Brouwer, candidate for school board. Let us tell you about her.

Prop. 120 misunderstood

Prop. 120 is grossly misunderstood.

Run on, not from the facts

Kudos to the Payson Roundup for providing the fact check on Hallie Overman-Jackman’s campaign premise that Payson pays 80 percent of the county’s taxes while receiving only 17 percent of the county’s services.

Runners get ready for town Turkey Trot

Gary Kutscher, a veteran long-distance runner who once competed in the prestigious Boston Marathon, got the bird for winning the Turkey Trot 5K run.

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Payson Men’s Golf Association crowns flight champions

Dan Castleman, Jack Greenshield and Dave Rutter teed off, pitched and putted their way to first place flight finishes in a Payson Men’s Golf Association-hosted individual low net tournament at Payson Golf Course.

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Lopez wins age group in first half marathon

Although 73-year-old Henry Lopez is a relative newcomer to the sport of long-distance running, there isn’t a challenge from which he will back away.

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PHS duo runs against state’s best

Abby Greenleaf and Erin Huffman will be running against some of the state’s finest distance stars when the firing of the starting gun signals the start of Division III state cross country championships tomorrow, Nov. 3, at Cave Creek Golf Course.

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Former Horn stars for Lobos

Sports fans who cheered Chase Walden’s four older brothers and sisters during their playing days at Payson High were surely disappointed when the youngest of the clan left PHS at the end of his sophomore year to transfer to Snowflake High School.

Rec Roundup

Registration is now open. Boys and girls will have separate leagues.

Prop. 116 supporters say lower taxes on business property would spur hiring

Easing property taxes businesses pay on everything from milling machines to restaurant silverware would help create jobs across Arizona, supporters of Proposition 116 say.

Prop. 117 seeks to limit increases in property valuation for taxes

Placing a 5 percent annual limit on how much the assessed value of properties can rise would shield owners.

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Prop. 114 would bar felons’ lawsuits against victims

Crime victims shouldn’t have to worry that they may be sued by those who commit felonies against them, supporters of Proposition 114 argue.

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Prop. 115 would give governor more power in judicial selections

Proposition 115 asserts that more is better when it comes to selection and retention of state judges as well as appellate and Supreme Court judges.

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Christopher Creek’s Cruise into Fall Car Show a success

The Cruise into Fall Christopher Creek Car Show on Oct. 20 was another Creek success story.

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Glad to see political ads on TV ending

Oh! My gosh! The political ads will stop after Nov. 6. Will anyone miss them?

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Health, care fair is a one-stop shop

Feeling like the old get-up-and-go has done got-up-and-gone?

Life in Depression America wasn’t as bad as it sounds, Part II

Last week we left off at the end of the 1931 monster movie “Frankenstein.”

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Ceremony honors P/S firefighters

The Pine/Strawberry Fire Department held a ceremony on Oct. 17 at Station 41 in Pine recognizing the retirement of Captain Harris Scott.

Adorable, Adoptable, Animals

Below are just a few of the wonderful pets available for adoption.

Catch tonight's football game in-person or online

For those hoping to catch tonight's playoff football game against Snowflake, a fan bus will leave Payson High School at 4:30 p.m. For those that can't make the game, iTALK 106.7 of Show Low will stream the game live on their Facebook page.

Clubs and Organizations

The Payson Area Computer Association will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in the meeting room of the Payson Public Library.

Thursday, November 1

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Harmony, humor and heart

Tonto Community Concert Association to present 42Five Sunday

What’s an instrumental band with no instruments? It’s not “magic” or “make believe.”

Getaway Around Rim Country

Down the Street Art Gallery on West Main Street is having their Dios de los Muertos or “Day of the Dead” art show again this year.

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At the Movies - Looper

Great film earns 4 saw blades

Four saw blades for this innovative, imaginative, important and ultimately wise film.

Rim Country Places

Chapter 6 – Bray Creek Ranch

Bray Creek is a little mountain brook nestled in the arms of Arizona’s great escarpment, the Mogollon Rim.

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A cruise for all age groups

For several years we have wanted to take the family on a cruise again. Three years ago we chose Alaska with Holland America Line.

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A holiday meal that won’t break the bank

All hosts want to delight guests with delicious meals, especially during the holidays.

Hot flashes can last into the 70s

Will you please tell me if there is something I can take to get rid of hot flashes?