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Senior moment: Horns notch 1st win

As four seniors said goodbye to Rumsey Park on Saturday afternoon, the future of Payson High boys soccer said hello. Freshman Hayden Gibson clinched his fists and yelled “Yeeeeesssss” after banging the ball past the St. Michael goalkeeper at short range to break a scoreless tie with 31 minutes remaining to lift the Longhorns to their first victory of the season in their final home game.

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Legislative race centers on support for education

Incumbent Republican representatives Brenda Barton (R-Payson) and Bob Thorpe (R-Flagstaff) this year face a long-shot challenge from a single Democrat — former school superintendent and long-time naval reservist Alex Martinez.

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Oxbow Saloon sponsored Fall Festival

The new owners of the Oxbow Saloon returned to a long tradition of community spirit at the historic saloon by sponsoring a Fall Festival on Oct. 9.

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Allen, Bagley vie for state Senate seat

A chaotic presidential race, a sprinkling of controversies and a strong challenger may this year test Senator Sylvia Allen’s grip on her District 6 seat, which runs from Flagstaff to the Arizona-New Mexico border.

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Pine school board election seeks to calm chaos

Three incumbents unopposed, but three newcomers seek two seats

The Pine-Strawberry Elementary School District rocked with controversy in June when its Superintendent/Principal Cody Barlow resigned due to ‘bullying and nepotism’ by the school board.

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Spikers killing it heading into rematch

When Payson’s volleyball team shocked top-ranked Snowflake on Sept. 29, it certainly qualified as an upset. It won’t be quite as shocking if the young Longhorns do it again.

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Payson school candidates debate

At a recent Payson Tea Party meeting, four of the five candidates for the Payson Unified School District School Board answered questions on parent involvement in reading, school vouchers, home schooling and the function of a board member.

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Tonto Basin residents in race for School Board

In the scorching summer month of July, the Tonto Basin Elementary School governing board faced a heated crowd sizzling over the proposed increases in property taxes to cover the capital needs of the school.

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Paramedics use new Cragin pipeline helipad to save a life

It’s only a concrete pad, but a newly installed helicopter landing pad may have helped save a man’s life Monday.

Community Almanac Friday, October 14, 2016

Make and sign a Christmas card for U.S. active duty military personnel The Mogollon Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Payson Girl Scouts invite Rim residents and visitors to join then in making and signing Christmas cards for U.S. active duty military personnel. The program is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. Hot chocolate and light snacks will be provided. For more information, please contact Mogollon Chapter Regent Kelly Oxborrow at 928-238-0058.

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Gila County elections department sent out early ballots this week

Early voting for the Nov. 8, 2016 General Election has started. The Gila County elections office mailed out more than 18,000 Vote-by-Mail ballots on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Due to the large number of ballots, it may take several days for voters to receive their ballot. Voters have two options when it comes to voting:

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Forest Service will set thousands of acres on fire

Two new fires will generate smoke, but also forest benefits

Controlled burns from more than 3,000 acres of new fires will generate smoke throughout Rim Country throughout the week of Oct. 17-20, according to Tonto National Forest fire specialists.

It's all on the line now

More Than A Game

They’re 2-5, but nobody wants to play them. That’s because this Payson High football team scares opponents.

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Six candidates vie for three seats on Tonto Basin Fire Board

One of the few contested local elections in the general election is the Tonto Basin Fire District governing board. One incumbent seeks re-election and two seats are up for grabs. Six candidates contend for the three seats.

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Proposition 206: Minimum wage

There were more speakers than voters in the room at the Arizona Secretary of State’s program on the two ballot measures voters will decide in the Nov. 8 General Election. The program was at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 11 at Messinger’s.

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Payson's Time Out Shelter volunteers led annual march to stop the violence

Women’s advocates led by volunteers for Payson’s Time Out Shelter made their annual march up the Beeline Highway to remember the victims of domestic violence.

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Veteran lawmen in a rematch for Gila County Sheriff

Incumbent sheriff faces off against longtime deputy

Challenger Darrell Stubbs has renewed his election challenge of Gila County Sheriff Adam Shepherd, with a charge of spending too much money on administration and not enough on deputies on patrol.

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Smooooth Sounds for Jazz lovers

Jazz lovers enjoyed another stellar concert Sunday recently at the Presbyterian Church on Main Street. Performing were Jerry Donato on sax, Jack Raqdavich on bass, Gerry Reynolds on drums and John Darst on guitar. Lew Turano (piano) sat in for a few numbers. The Oct. 30 concert will feature Ioannis Goudelis on piano.

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Optimist Club, Center for Success celebrate 20 years

Rim Country Optimist Club and Center for Success celebrated their 20th anniversaries with a party at the Payson Senior Center.

Neighbors evacuated after truck catches fire, man flees scene

Several residents west of Rumsey Park were evacuated from their homes early Saturday morning after a man fled a truck that had caught fire carrying propane tanks.