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Volunteers rescue exhausted family

A family of eight was rescued from the bottom of Fossil Creek Sunday afternoon after they failed to take in the difficulty of the hike.

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Payson’s crime rate rises – maybe ...

The strange case of the rapes that weren’t

Payson police noted an overall increase in the 2013 crime rate with a jump in thefts and assaults. The report also suggested an alarming increase in rape cases, but a closer look at the numbers revealed flaws in the department’s reporting system.

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Hellsgate will bill for calls

Budget crisis prompts fire department to impose charges

Facing a budget crisis, Hellsgate Fire Department will start billing people for emergency services.

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Hellsgate death prompts launch of exercise program

In the wake of a Hellsgate fire lieutenant’s death during a routine pack test earlier this year, the department has instituted a mandatory physical training program.

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Economic views clash in Payson mayor’s race

Does Evans do too much – or not enough?

He hasn’t done enough. And he’s a micromanager. Sometimes, you just can’t win — especially during an election.

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Arson suspect sought

A woman is recovering from facial surgery after her boyfriend allegedly assaulted her with a hammer Monday night.

Clubs and Organizations

The local Aglow International chapter of Christian women will be hosting their quarterly meeting on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Crossroads Church Fellowship Hall, 114 E. Cedar Lane in Payson.

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Don't miss low-cost vaccination clinic Aug. 23

The Humane Society of Central Arizona will be hosting a low-cost, CASH ONLY vaccination clinic Saturday, Aug. 23 from 8 a.m. to noon at the shelter, located at 605 W. Wilson Ct.

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Community Almanac

Missoula Children’s Theatre presents ‘Rapunzel’ in two performances at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22 and Saturday, Aug. 23 in the Payson High School Auditorium.

Beyond stupid

The idea that the Payson School District should opt out of the school lunch program is beyond stupid. It is short-sighted and uninformed as to the purpose of the program.

Walker would be fair-minded Superior Court judge

With three candidates running for Superior Court judge, I wanted to tell what I know about Chuck Walker, and this is not anything against the other two candidates, Mr. Wright and Mr. Burk.

Dark money corrupts elections

The abject failure of election reform has cast a dark shadow against the statewide race in Arizona.

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Dark money tips

Struggling with election choices

Vetting each candidate and sharing insider information on the propositions, the Payson Tea Party met to review the ballot once more before casting their vote in Tuesday’s elections.

Vote for Home Rule and incumbents

It is extremely important that all Democrats, Independents and Republicans vote for Home Rule in the primary election. This will ensure that Payson will have the resources needed to: a) maintain our street, sewer and water systems; b) fund quality police and fire departments; c) provide needed services for children, elderly and poor, and; d) maintain our exceptional parks and recreation programs.

Fox Farm controversy

Much has already been written and said against a new industry utilizing the area known as the “Fox Farm.” Personally, I believe an industrial campus could be done in good taste allowing access to pristine areas and at the same time providing employment for multiple Payson area families.

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Moment of truth

Alliance to decide next month on where to build university

The Rim Country Educational Alliance (SLE) board hopes to pick a site for a university at a scheduled Sept. 18 meeting, said board chairman Steve Drury.

Mean-spirited action against children

A remarkable contrast appeared in the Aug. 15 Roundup.

Wanting to deny food to children deplorable

The vote taken by one of the Payson School Board members in denying our less fortunate school children food is certainly deplorable.

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Buffs to celebrate academic triumph

Rattlin' the Rim

Pine Strawberry School students and teachers will gather at 8:15 a.m. Aug. 29 during the school’s first flag ceremony of the year to celebrate the improvement on the new state accountability system to a B grade from last year’s C.

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Shelby students cast in ‘Rapunzel’ performance

The Village

Our vegetable garden and herb garden love the recent rains! We have had some produce ripen this past week, zuchinni and a few tomatoes and squash.