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Jimmy John’s opens after all

After more than a year of waiting, Jimmy John’s has opened its doors in Payson, emitting those famous “free smells” of fresh baked bread in the Safeway shopping center.

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Sears Hometown Store moves

The locally owned Sears Hometown Store has moved across Highway 260 and is now located in the Payson Village Shopping Center next to Big 5 Sporting Goods.

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Jeri J's Fry Bread Business Moves

After parking their food bus at Western Village for the summer, Jeri J’s Fry Bread is back where it originally opened years ago — on the south end of the Mazatzal Casino parking lot.

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Payson ammunition plant seeks to reopen

Awaiting supplies, untangling legal issues

Payson’s ammunition manufacturing plant reopened two weeks ago, but the production lines don’t appear to be in operation.

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Judge rules on pot dispensary conflict

After an 18-month legal battle, a judge has ruled on who actually owns Payson’s Uncle Herbs marijuana dispensary, but the twisted story appears far from over.

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Remodeled inn in Strawberry hosts open house

For the past few months, a small hotel on an otherwise sleepy corner of State Route 87 in Strawberry has hummed with activity. Tradesmen and contractors have come and gone, leaving behind a masterpiece of red, white and gray.

Gila County groups cooperate to offer vocational training

Men squeezed out of workforce

Recently, a local Rim Country auto repair shop bemoaned the lack of skilled workers. “Either they have the talent and fail drug tests or they don’t have the skill,” said the owner — who asked that his name be withheld.

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College progresses, but still no partner

Architects and planners for a proposed four-year college campus in Payson met with town officials Wednesday to go over preliminary phase I plans.

Griffin takes over marketing, public relations for college district

Leitha Griffin, longtime resident of Gila County, will take over marketing and public relations for the Gila Community College District. Griffin moves from her recent position as administrative assistant/student support services.

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Payson ammo maker poised to reopen

Owners say they'll resume next week

A month after an abrupt shutdown, Payson’s sole ammunition manufacturing facility re-opened its doors Monday, with plans to begin manufacturing next week.

Chamber hopes to boost local shopping with prizes

Hurry, get shopping. This $6,000 giveaway could not be any simpler. Gather all of your receipts from local purchases, including utility bills, and bring them down to the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce on Main Street.

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Help for laid off ATAC-HPR workers

Payson’s ammunition manufacturing plant might still reopen. But in the meantime, the town wants to help the abruptly laid off employees find work.

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Arizona lawmakers go after towns

A new state law that lets Arizona lawmakers potentially cut off a town’s state-shared gas tax, income tax and sales tax has already spawned several swirls of controversy.

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Councilor: Get creative, Payson

Payson Town Council member and small-business owner Chris Higgins has seen economic revitalization in progress and believes it’s possible for Payson.

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More fast food: Culver’s opens in Payson

After months of waiting, owners this week opened the 133-seat Culver’s restaurant, which boasts 30 mix-ins and toppings for its creamy vanilla and chocolate custard made fresh every two hours.