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Payson losing principals

By the end of the 2014/15 school year, Payson Unified School District will lose 50 percent of its principals — Rob Varner and Asa Hall.

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Payson High Varsity Sports Schedule

The spring sports schedule for all Payson High varsity teams.

Man sentenced for stealing prescription order forms

A 24-year-old former Payson football player and Hotshot firefighter will serve 18 months of probation and a weekend in jail for stealing prescription order forms and writing out a prescription to himself for pain pills. David Jesse James Carlen pleaded guilty to criminal trespass and possession of a narcotic drug, saying he makes no excuses for his actions and is sorry for all those that he hurt.

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Payson council appoints Connell to Alliance board

The Payson Town Council replaced outgoing Rim Country Educational Alliance Chair Mary Kastner Thursday with one of their own.

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Lawmakers target Common Core

The Arizona Legislature has launched an all-out attack on Common Core and the AzMERIT test.

Smoke detectors could have saved them

Over the weekend we learned of the loss of seven children in a house fire in Brooklyn, N.Y. Their ages ranged from 5 to 15 years old.

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Re-united front

Alliance favors joint land purchase for university site

The Rim Country Educational Alliance Thursday agreed to essentially share title to a 253-acre parcel on which it wants to build a 6,000-student university and spin-off facilities.

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Inspiration, information and laughter

Wellness Forum tackles stress

The annual Women’s Wellness Forum went above and beyond its promise to help participants learn more about stress.

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Getting to know Rim Country doctors: Dr. Cynthia Booth

Dr. Cynthia Booth is a board certified obstetrician/gynecologist who has been serving the Payson community since relocating here with her husband, a local dentist, in May of 2002.

Veterinarian supports team

On behalf of the Tonto Rim Search & Rescue’s Dog Teams, I wish to express our gratitude and appreciation for Dr. Alan Hallman’s generous support.

Thanks to the Healthy Foodie

This is for Michele Nelson, the Roundup’s “Healthy Foodie” columnist. Thanks for taking the long view for all the children and their children who will need not only good food, but good soil, water and air, as free of poisons as we can keep them.

Gun law attack on state sovereignty

Arizona State Representative Bob Thorpe has introduced legislation to establish a state compact with other states prohibiting legislation imposing restrictions on the transfer of firearms stricter than existing federal restrictions.

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Speaker is her own best testament

It was a morning filled with inspiration and information. The annual Women’s Wellness Forum brought together more than 275 women at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino March 21.

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Nine years for assault

90-year-old woman fought him off

A transient who tried to rape a 90-year-old woman while she walked her dog was sentenced to nine years in prison Friday.

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Payson runner joins elite company at prestigious invitational

Payson High can boast of plenty of memorable performances in the history of its boys track program. Trevor Clawson added his name to the archives with an outstanding effort on Saturday.

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SWAT team responds

Officers in full SWAT gear surrounded a Verde Glen home Thursday morning after a man with a gun exhibited some unusual behavior.

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Triumphant dress rehearsal for playoff glory

Dominant pitching powers Longhorns to Gracie Haught title

In what they hope is a dress rehearsal for the ultimate celebration at Arizona State University on May 11, gleeful Payson softball players hugged, jumped into each other’s arms and reveled in a tournament championship Saturday night on their home field.

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Women’s Wellness Forum explores effects of stress

More than 275 women spent Saturday, March 21 at the 17th annual Women’s Wellness Forum here in Payson exploring how stress affects women today.

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‘We are stardust’ with magnesium in our veins

The Healthy Foodie

“We are stardust, we are golden, we are billion-year-old carbon, And we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden.” ­— Joni Mitchell

Kill this reckless bill

The Arizona Legislature continues to flail and froth when it comes to educational reform.