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Food drive hits fundraising goal

The Payson Area Food Drive “weathered” another year and while not as successful as years past, managed to pull in more than $50,000 and a good stash of food donations.

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Community Almanac

The 7th Annual Lip Sync Contest is at 5:30 p.m., to 9 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

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Clubs and Organizations

Kaitie’s Closet is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization collecting clothes for free distribution to those in need in Rim Country.

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Storms delight firefighters, skiers and reservoir watchers

The Salt River Project had predicted a wet February, but until Sunday evening, Rim Country had a fine coat of dry dust.

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Pledges revive university land purchase plan

Foundation, Alliance will cooperate to buy 253-acre parcel by July

As backers work to heal recent rifts, the way has opened once again to buy a 253-acre Forest Service parcel for a 6,000-student university in Payson.

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Pipe bomb feared

Access to Gisela was cut off Thursday evening after firefighters found what they thought was a pipe bomb.

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Sex assault plea

A man who tried to sexually assault a 16-year-old girl will spend the next 1.5 years in prison after pleading guilty.

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Lost hikers, off-roaders keep rescuers busy

Two teens were safely reunited with their worried families Monday after they got lost near Fossil Creek.

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Payson business program wins awards

Thirty Payson High School DECA students came home with awards from the AZ DECA Central District Conference held in downtown Phoenix on Jan. 13.

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Students offer teacher a fascinating lesson in role-playing

Alas, poor Pinland learns the bitter lessons of World War I

Payson High School history teacher Chad Gower admits he’s much more comfortable teaching from a strict lesson plan, but decided to color outside the lines to teach World War I. He ended up learning right along with his students.

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7th Annual Lip Sync Contest coming Feb. 28

The Rim Country Optimist Club and the Rotary Club of Payson, with the help of Payson High Longhorn Theatre Company are proud to sponsor the 7th Annual Lip Sync Contest on Feb. 28 at the PHS Auditorium from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

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THAT booming brewery begins bruising battle

Microbrewery in Pine faces possible restrictions by state

Since tapping their first beers four years ago, THAT Brewery in Pine has experienced rapid growth, distributing kegs everywhere from Tucson to Flagstaff and opening a second location in Cottonwood last year.

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Stuck in limbo

Girl trapped immigration tangle

Maria sat in her chair, stylishly dressed after a day of school, which figures so largely in all of her dreams.

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Federal judge overturns delay in deportations

A federal judge in Texas this week ruled that President Barack Obama’s executive order deferring deportations for three years for millions of people who have lived without documentation in the United States for years has cast a shadow of uncertainty over many seeking legal permission to stay.

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Decades spent protecting his community

Mike Brandt’s post-military aptitude placement tests suggested a career in law enforcement or firefighting.