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Study shows coffee may reduce obesity

The Healthy Foodie

As a child, I used to wonder at the mystery of my Mom’s daily cup of Joe.

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Rim Country Health decked to the halls

The holidays have always been a very special time at Rim Country Health and it is our wish that each of our residents has the best experience through these sentimental times.

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White lauded in football

Moving from the junior varsity to the varsity football team represents an eye-opening experience for most young high school student athletes.

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With mating season in full swing, take care to steer clear of deer

Don’t let a deer in the headlights ruin your day. According to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.), four times as many cars hit deer in November as in August, when claims bottom out.

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Back to Basics seeing lots of new customers

Influx not from Vita Mart closing

A never-ending stream of customers keep the three employees of Back to Basics finding products, ringing them up and answering questions.

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GCC campuses to close for holidays

The campuses of Gila Community College will be closed for the holidays beginning Dec. 19 and will reopen Jan. 5.

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School superintendent isn’t counting on state payments

Payson district relies on override to avert more cuts

Arizona courts have repeatedly ruled that the state must make inflation adjustment payments to schools in accordance with the 2001 passage of Proposition 301, but Payson Unified School District (PUSD) Superintendent Greg Wyman has little hope of seeing that money.

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Safeway gives $1,000 to Payson Community Kids

Payson Community Kids has received a $1,000 grant from Safeway’s Hunger Is to help solve childhood hunger.

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Competition, transportation drive up gas prices

As gas prices steadily fall elsewhere, the cost per gallon in Rim Country remains high and that’s frustrating drivers.

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No backtracking for Tonto Basin ‘RV’ park

An unauthorized “RV” park in Tonto Basin can’t backtrack its way to obtain the zoning that would allow its expansion. It may also be forced to remove un-permitted improvements and the trailers and RVs currently on the property.

Community again coming together

Once more, Rim Country proves it’s the best place to live in the world.

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Alliance board meets again to consider development contract

The Rim Country Educational Alliance board will meet next Thursday to consider a contract with DCK Global to buy a $4.1 million Forest Service parcel and draw up plans to build a 6,000-student university in Payson, according to Chairman Steve Drury.

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Sen. Allen lands key leadership post

Newly re-elected state Senator Sylvia Allen will jump to the head of the line when it comes to legislative responsibilities by taking on the job of Senate president pro tempore.

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Controlled burns due near Christopher Creek

Fire specialists from the Tonto National Forest will begin conducting a 112-acre prescribed fire treatment by burning debris piles in Christopher Creek Campground and Hunter Creek on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 8 and 9.

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Clubs and Organizations

Beyond Limits Ministry participants will get into “The Spirit of Christmas” as they attend the annual Christmas program, provided free of charge by the Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship, at Payson High School Auditorium at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 7.

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Lots happening at Humane Society of Central Arizona

There will be a low-cost vaccine clinic from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Humane Society of Central Arizona, 605 W. Wilson Ct., located south of Main St. off of S. McLane Road.

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Community Almanac

Bundle up and grab your lawn chair and get down to Payson’s Historic Main Street to stake out a spot to watch the 14th Annual APS Electric Light Parade.

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Graduates of youth hunter education course to receive blaze orange caps

Youth participants in the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s hunter education program will receive a blaze orange (“hunter orange”) cap when they graduate, thanks to a $9,700 grant from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF). The grant will provide 2,475 caps for the program this year.

End suspense, start construction

The effort to build a university in Payson continues to generate hair-raising suspense — way more than we really need. But after a confusing brush with disaster, the backers seem ready to come back together.