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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s only a concrete pad, but a newly installed helicopter landing pad may have helped save a man’s life Monday.
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.
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:
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.
More Than A Game
They’re 2-5, but nobody wants to play them. That’s because this Payson High football team scares opponents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rim Country Optimist Club and Center for Success celebrated their 20th anniversaries with a party at the Payson Senior Center.
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.