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Getting into the Christmas spirit

The 7th Annual Pine Strawberry Festival of Lights tips off at noon, Saturday, Nov. 28 and continues until 8 p.m. at the community center with an arts and crafts fair and children’s activities.

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Middle school musicians win honors

Rim Country Middle School music teacher Daria Mason rounded up 28 band and choir middle school students to perform at the Arizona Music Educators Northeast Region Honor Festival at St. John’s High School on Nov. 18.

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Blood Drive donors will enjoy a tasty reward

Donors who contribute to the Wednesday, Dec. 2 blood drive at Payson High School will receive a tasty reward from Payson Native Grill and Wings.

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Educator’s first lesson involves character

David Callahan now running Payson Community Christian School

David Callahan, the new administrator for the Payson Community Christian School has a cherubic face with eyes that twinkle.

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Tools go up in flames in Tonto Basin blaze

A Tonto Basin man lost all of his woodworking tools when several of his sheds caught fire early Tuesday morning.

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Cops get scruffy in a good cause

It has been a hairy month for the Payson Police Department.

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Payson High School students need your vote

With just a click of their mouse, Rim Country residents can help Payson High School students eat healthy snacks.

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Holiday celebrations stacking up

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek’s new homeowners, Pam and Dave Voita, hosted Thanksgiving and a birthday celebration in their newly remodeled cabin on Uphill Drive.

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Characters Under the Rim - Henry Irving, Part 2

Back When

The old army scout Henry Irving had retired and after living for some years with relatives at San Carlos and Camp Verde he settled with his wife and other relatives on Indian Hill in the center of Payson. [1]

Civility or let the fur fly?

I received the following responses to an editor’s note asking people whether we should edit or not run letters that got into what seemed to me like name-calling — or if readers would be better served by a “let the fur fly” approach.

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Payson faces housing crisis

With home rental rates increasing every year, finding affordable housing in Payson poses a challenge. Local Realtors say a lack of affordable housing poses a looming crisis in Rim Country, especially if the area gets a four-year university that draws several thousand new residents.

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Continuing a popular Christmas tradition

Rattlin' the Rim

“The Polar Express” has for decades tickled Christmas magic in children — whether it’s listening to the holiday classic being read or taking a train trip adventure to “North Pole.”

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Judges: We must listen to the victims of violence

In the middle of the night, a woman’s partner cuts off her hair and in a rage stuffs it in her mouth.

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Education top issue for voters

Arizona voters would rather pay higher taxes than cut school funding and 56 percent support a plan to take money from the state land trust to provide an infusion of cash for K-12 schools, according to a Morrison Institute poll.

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Bass anglers enjoy perfect day on Roosevelt

In a recent Let’s Talk Fishin’ Bass Tournament on Roosevelt Lake, the 26 teams were granted a picture-perfect day to fish and caught a total of 105 bass weighing in a total of over 175 pounds.

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Giving thanks for family, football and Rim Country

Outdoors Under the Rim

The Thanksgiving weekend is often a time for our family gathering, with an abundance of great food, plenty of football games on TV, and so many stories that seem to focus on the outdoors in the Rim Country.

Let us all give thanks

We’re grateful.

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A hint for those leftover mashed potatoes

The Village

The day after Thanksgiving… and your refrigerator is full of leftovers.

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Shorthanded grapplers start season strong

Horns go 3-0 despite forfeiting at half the weights

Payson opened the wrestling season in grand fashion at Wilson Dome on Monday.

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Gold and other treasures: FR 1705

I live with a conundrum. I adore hiking in strange areas, but fear going alone and getting lost or hurt with no one to help me. So for two years, I’ve sat at home staring out longingly at the forest stewing over this dilemma. Then I heard about the Payson Packers. The group meets every Tuesday morning in the Stage parking lot before heading off to hike the hundreds of forest roads, streambeds and trails of the Rim Country.