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Fatal moment

Voden murder trial starts with gripping testimony

As Brenda Burnett bent down to grab one of her dog’s toys she heard her husband of 15 years, Randy Burnett, calmly tell her something she had never heard him say before — “Brenda, if you should ever listen to me, listen to me this time. Get back into the house.”

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Treatment can restore lives

Counselors strive to help addicts

Monika Weldon, the regional program director for Southwest Behavioral, has a frank attitude about addiction and mental health.

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Town moves to rezone university site

The Payson Town Council last week moved ahead to rezone a 253-acre Forest Service parcel so that it can only harbor an educational institution or related facilities.

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Brush fire threatens highway

Firefighters on Friday quickly snuffed out a human-caused brush fire about 21 miles northeast of Phoenix off Highway 87.

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Community Almanac

Taylor Pool at Rumsey II on North McLane Road is now open.

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Juggling forest politics

State Forester Jeff Whitney chose his words carefully, like a man photographing bears.

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Storm dampens fire fundraiser

Snow and rain in Strawberry last Saturday dampened the fundraising efforts for Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction, Inc. to fund a brush pickup program this summer for the communities of Pine and Strawberry.

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Habitat offers home ownership opportunity

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity is seeking qualified home-buyers for Habitat homes. Interested applicants are asked to attend one of the upcoming Homeowner Orientation meetings at 6 p.m. on either Wednesday, June 3, July 1 or Aug. 5 to be held at the Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St, Payson, in room 205.

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Mission of mystery A-4 jet at Payson Airport revealed

The calls have come in since the Roundup reported on a mysterious A-4 jet’s touch and go landing at the Payson Airport on May 5.

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Payson settles suit for $50,000

Man pleads to witness assault before payout

After a lengthy civil battle, the Town of Payson recently reached a $50,000 settlement with a 27-year-old man who said Payson police officers needlessly beat him up during a 2011 arrest.

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University land sale takes step forward

Alliance delivers first check

The Rim Country Educational Alliance Thursday took another concrete step toward buying the land to build a 6,000-student university campus in Payson.

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Dog shot to death in yard

Intruder uses pellet gun

Someone snuck onto Suzy and Chris Tubbs’ property on Tyler Parkway Monday night and shot their dog, Ritzi, who was inside her dog run at the time.

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Valley Fire northeast of Phoenix on 87

Officials say firefighters have stopped the forward movement of a brush fire 20 miles northeast of Phoenix off Highway 87.

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Voden trial begins

A rage fueled senseless murder or a man protecting himself from a larger neighbor on the cusp of an attack? In opening arguments Thursday, lawyers presented two very different reasons why Michael Voden shot and killed his neighbor outside his kitchen door in the fall of 2013.

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Community Almanac

Payson commemorates Memorial Day over the course of two days, with four different ceremonies.

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