Where are the missing banners?
That’s the question a lot of people want answered.
Eighteen banners approximately 3-feet-high-by-5-feet-wide with the names of Payson area business have disappeared from the Payson High football stadium. They hang from the top of the home side of the stands and are visible from the road.
“We don’t have any idea who took them down,” said Payson High School Athletic Director Don Heizer. “The people from the F.A.N. Club didn’t take them down. So we can’t find them.
“If anybody knows where they might be, we would sure like to get them back so we could hang them up and honor our sponsors who have contributed money for it. We don’t want to have to go out and spend a bunch of money to recreate those banners.”
The banners feature the logos of businessed that pay to have them hung at either the football field or the soccer field at Rumsey Park in the fall or the baseball field or track in the spring. The money from the membership fees those businesses pay for the banners is used by F.A.N. (Friends and Neighbors) Club to support all extracurricular activities for children in Payson.
F.A.N. Club president Suzi Hintze said she believes there is an innocent explanation and she doesn’t think anyone stole the banners.
“I think somebody just took them down and put them somewhere,” she said. “Generally, they get taken down (at the end of the spring sports seasons). But when Keith (Brown) went to take them down, they had already been taken down.”
Brown, who is married to former F.A.N. Club president Debbie Brown, had stored the banners at his house the previous couple of summers. But the plan was to take them to the F.A.N. Club trailer for storage this summer. He actually sent his son, Kyle, to take down the banners this past spring.
“We couldn’t find them,” Brown said. “My son came back and said there are no banners hanging there. I should have followed up right then, but I didn’t. I got busy with work. They thought a guy that works with the schools took them down, but they don’t seem to know where they are.”
In addition to having their logo on a banner that hangs at either the football field or soccer field (fall members) during the fall seasons or around the track or at the baseball field in the spring (spring members), or both if they pay for a second banner, advertisers also have their logo placed on poster-sized calendars of Payson High School’s fall sports and spring sports that are available at several businesses in the area.
Hintze said the Club encourages businesses to become members and help raise money for worthwhile efforts.
“We’re always looking for businesses to become part of this because we’ve helped with all kinds of fund-raising activities,” she said. “We’ve organized dinners for an activity, we have a trailer that’s fully equipped. We have camps. We’ve helped with Champs Camp the last several years. We help with pancake breakfasts, we print tickets, we help with the Longhorn Cards that the baseball and track teams sell in the spring. All the proceeds help with whatever extracurricular activity.”
Anyone who knows where the banners are should call or text Hintze at (928) 978-2023.