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RCMS students stage science fair with flair

Rim Country Middle School (RCMS) science teacher Carm Locke huddled at the far end of the gym, surrounded by more than 250 tri-fold presentations with science project results splashed across the white space.

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School Board invocation evokes equivocation

During a routine vote to approve the template for the board agenda, Payson Unified School District (PUSD) board member Shirley Dye asked to add an invocation to the list of items.

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PHS Auditorium to get a facelift

Look for the Payson High School Auditorium to have a shiny new coat of paint before the start of next year, plus a plethora of other upgrades, thanks to Director of Facilities Todd Poer.

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Payson wins big at Future Business Leaders conference

On a Saturday Feb. 8, 13 students from Bud Evans’ Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) class trundled down to the ASU Polytechnic Campus to compete and win against 17 other schools.

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School programs threatened

Credit for Kids change could hurt bands, clubs

Credit for Kids, the 16-year-old tax credit that allows individuals to donate to schools and take $200 off of their tax bill, has fallen under scrutiny at the state level. The resulting legal opinions and policy changes have already affected many Payson students and vital extracurricular programs.

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Culinary students vie for careers and scholarships

Chef wants to give back and elevate taste

Three Payson students competed this weekend in hopes of adding to the total of $152,271 in scholarships Payson High School (PHS) Culinary Arts students have received since 2006 from the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (CCAP).

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School board OKs plan to cope with deadly allergic reactions

Twenty-five percent of the population has an undiagnosed potentially life-threatening anaphylactic reaction to allergies such as bee stings, so the Arizona state Legislature voted to allow schools to stock EpiPens in case of emergency.

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JRE students ‘Fuel Up to Play 60’

Fifth-grader enters Dairy Council/NFL photo contest

Rebekah Rice and Donna Moore struggled to put on the heavy Payson Fire Department (PFD) gear, grunting and tugging in a good cause.

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GCC wants to bring cosmetology to Payson campus

NAVIT money would help launch program

Gila Community College is poised to bring cosmetology training to its Payson campus.

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Champions of the mind: Payson heads for playoffs

Grueling competition with lots of community support

After a grueling weekend of exams, students from Payson High School’s Academic Deca­thlon team took second place in its region, guaranteeing them a spot in the state competition.

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Students revel in joy of learning

Wearing crazy hats and masks, trench coats and army gear, the Academic Decathlon kids will entertain onlookers while answering tough questions at their Super Quiz on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 1:45 p.m. in the Payson High School Auditorium.

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2nd grade shuffle

Board OKs fix for PES overcrowding

The Payson School Board on Jan. 27 agreed to temporarily relieve crowding by splitting second-grade classes between Payson Elementary School (PES) and Julia Randall Elementary School (JRE), settling a debate that has gone on for months.

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Board member dies

Ashford passes away after long illness

Longtime Gila Com­munity College board member Bob Ashford died this week, after a long and tenacious fight with illness.

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DECA already has a busy year

Italian foreign exchange student Francesco Calia said DECA forced him to expand his repertoire of English.