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Longhorns reach softball state quarterfinals

Payson High's softball team beat Bullhead City Mohave 3-1 in the second round of the Division 3 state tournament at Rose Mofford Softball Complex in Phoenix on Thursday afternoon to advance to the quarterfinals.

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Interstate 10 reopened from US 191 to New Mexico state line

With strong winds around state, avoid driving into dust

Interstate 10 was reopened in both directions Thursday night from US 191 to the New Mexico state line, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. ADOT continues to have personnel closely monitoring the area in conjunction with DPS and has resources in place to immediately close the highway when visibility becomes an issue for drivers. With strong winds in the forecast, drivers in the area should remember that conditions can quickly change and that dust is difficult to predict.

M3.8 Earthquake rattles northwestern Arizona

Largest of 55 quakes at a depth of seven miles

A magnitude 3.8 earthquake shook Littlefield in northwestern Arizona, at 6:49 a.m. (MST) today. The event occurred at a depth of seven miles. This is the largest of a swarm of 55 temblors that began along the remote Arizona-Nevada border on 28 March with a M2.1 event.

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Savor the magic of thread and fabric

Every two years rare works of art make an appearance in the Rim Country. The Threadplayers, a group of quilters and fiber artists, have an exhibition of their work.

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Unity Church of Payson supports Childhelp

In its continuing efforts to support local organizations doing good works in the community, Unity Church of Payson gave its first quarter tithe to Childhelp of Gila County Sunday, April 17.

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Supervisor Martin represents region

On April 21, the County Supervisors Association (CSA) Board of Directors re-elected Gila County Supervisor Tommie Cline Martin (District 1) and Coconino County Supervisor Liz Archuleta (District 2), as Arizona’s representatives to the Western Interstate Region (WIR), an affiliate of the National Association of Counties organization (NACo).

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Record scholarship payout

In its second year of handing out scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000, the Friends of GCC Scholarship Foundation distributed a record amount of money to a record number of students.

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House fire

Pleasant Valley firefighters saved a Young home from burning to the ground last week.

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Events slated to prevent wildfires

Break out your hedge clippers and get ready to clean out your gutters.

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Cheer Special Olympics athletes

Join volunteers Wednesday to cheer on local Special Olympic athletes as they prepare for the summer games in the Valley.

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Vintage Roost would smell sweet by any other name

The Swiss Village shopping center is filled with unique-smelling shops — from the wax for the hand-dipped candles at the Payson Candle Factory to the chocolate at the Fudge Shop. But the sweetest smell of all now wafts from the the Vintage Roost.

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Cinderellas at the Ball

Prom turns into a fairy tale night

With the theme based on the musical movie, “Into the Woods,” the 2016 Payson High School prom didn’t disappoint.

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Game & Fish crashes Tonto Basin fundraiser

The Lorraine Cline Poker Run will again surpass donations of $30,000 and delivered a ton of fun, despite Game and Fish.

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Schools hope for the best

Could be the best of years for Payson schools — raises for everyone (finally), reading specialists for the little tykes, mentors to help teachers boost test scores, a new bus (finally), stipends for coaches and music directors, better computers, new textbooks (finally) and a chance to dig the insurance plan out of a hole.

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Driver warned

Stopped for lack of baby seats before crash that killed children

The Roundup has learned a man who crashed his vehicle north of Payson last week, killing three children and himself, was pulled over just before the wreck, but allowed to keep driving with the children unrestrained.