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Payson woman gives voice to big dreams

Beating out thousands of other singers, a local hairdresser made it through the first rounds of auditions for The Voice.

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Open House at Payson Elementary, Julia Randall schools

The new school year starts on Monday, Aug. 3 for all students at Payson Unified School District.

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Payson scrambles to find enough 911 dispatchers

“It is often the worse call they’ll make on the worst day of their life,” said Alison Murphy, Payson Police Department dispatch supervisor.

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Rain plays it coy

Each afternoon, Rim Country residents eagerly watch the clouds build, then sigh in disappointment as they dissipate with little rain.

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County’s $92 million budget drops 3 percent

Property values rise; tax rate unchanged

Gila County’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year will drop by $2.5 million — nearly 3 percent.

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Kindergarten teachers plead for smaller classes

Class sizes may exceed 30 without another teacher

Flanked by all but one of the Payson Elementary School kindergarten teachers, Jane Pond and Sylvia Sandoval on July 27 begged the Payson Unified School District board to add another kindergarten teacher to the staff.

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County Supervisor Martin wins national appointment

Gila County District 1 Supervisor Tommie Martin is among those recently appointed to the National Association of Counties (NACo) steering committee leadership roles.

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Contract awarded for new stairs, landings at courthouse

Gila County has awarded Koo Design Build the contract to design and build new stairs and landings for the county courthouse in Payson.

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Business News & Notes

Rim Country Motor Sports in Star Valley will celebrate its grand opening from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1 at its new location, 4208 E. Highway 260.

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Veterans services coming to Payson

A Mobile Vet Center will be in Payson from noon to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 5 and from 8 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Aug. 6 at Rim Country Health, 807 W. Longhorn Road.

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Inmate gets 8.5 years for attacking officer

A Gila County jail inmate who attacked a detention officer in an attempt to escape instead ended up with 8.5 years added to his sentence.

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Hellsgate struggles as cost of station doubles

Fire district needs $400,000 more

It was dubbed a simple project that would cost $375,000 and take a year to build. After burning through much of that money, the Hellsgate Fire District is the proud owner of a concrete slab.

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Lost man rescued on Barnhardt Trail

Rescuers brought a Payson man back to his vehicle Thursday after he got lost on the Barnhardt Trail.

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Arizona suffers low college graduation rate

Arizona tied Alaska for the lowest college completion rate in the country in 2013, with just 29 percent of students able to earn a four-year degree in six years or less, a new report says.

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Library enjoys unexpected success with Lego Day

Rattlin' the Rim

A letter to the editor in the July 21 edition of the Payson Roundup created a huge stir in Pine-Strawberry, especially among Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation (SCAF) members, employees and volunteers.