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Local concert will feature Christian music

Chris Driesbach is coming to Payson to present a Christian concert at Rock of Ages Lutheran, 204 W. Airport Rd. at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19.

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Gerardo’s contributions lauded

Gerardo Moceri, longtime chef and owner of Gerardo’s Firewood Café, received the Hero of Education award at the Payson Unified School District meeting on Feb. 8.

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Three Hellsgate firefighters promoted

One has been with the Hellsgate Fire Department as a reserve for five years, another has worked there since 2004 and a third employee was only the second full-time hire for the district in the early ’90s.

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Pine, Young gym floor tests scheduled

Measuring mercury risk

The rubberized gym floor in the Pine Strawberry School on Feb. 16 will get another test to make sure it’s not emitting worrisome levels of mercury gas, the Department of Environmental Quality confirmed on Thursday.

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Food drive triumph

30,000 lbs. food, $50,000 cash

It came down to the wire, but the Payson Area Food Drive met this year’s holiday goal to raise 30,000 pounds of food and $50,000 to feed the area’s hungry.

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Police negotiators defuse domestic violence

Linda Walker barricaded herself in her Ox Bow Estates home in December, frightening her partner who feared for Walker’s safety.

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Prescott bomb threat prompts Payson arrest

A 36-year-old man that reportedly placed a fake bomb on a Prescott government building was arrested in Payson Tuesday with the help of local officers.

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Jury hears domestic violence testimony

Opening arguments in a trial of a Valley man accused of strangling his ex-wife last year in Payson started Thursday.

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ASU now pondering Mesa campus

Arizona State University and the City of Mesa have unveiled their plans to open another branch campus there.

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Rim Country Classic Auto Club issues call for all car-crazy kids

The Rim Country Classic Auto Club is calling all car-crazy kids to build cardboard show vehicles for the 2016 Beeline Cruise-In Car Show.

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Some still worried about school gym

Rattlin' the Rim

The discovery of mercury in the polymer, rubberized floor covering in the Pine Strawberry School gymnasium caused a brouhaha in our two communities that peaked during a community meeting held Feb. 2 at the school.

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There’s thinking and then there’s just thinking you’re thinking – Part 2

Your Turn

Last week I mentioned something I once read in a book written by a philosopher named Descartes — namely, “I think, therefore I am.

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February moisture is short in the Creek

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is rockin’ some springtime temperatures this week. Early week winds and mild overnight lows have taken care of most of the remaining snow. It was just a dozen days ago when we were shivering through some low single-digit lows.

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Farewell football; can hardly wait for baseball

The Village

The football season is now officially over — sad, sad! But, the baseball season is just around the corner.

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Characters Under the Mogollon Rim – Lafayette P. Nash, Part 2

Back When

It was early July in Tonto Basin, 1882, and the temperature was getting quite warm. The postmaster at Reno, Lafayette P. Nash, was startled to find the old army camp filling with cavalry units from Fort McDowell.