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College board boosts tuition

The addition of a new Gila Community College (GCC) board member in Globe tipped the scales against Larry Stephen­son’s stubborn fight to not boost tuition rates for the 2014-15 school year.

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Highway patrol targets distracted drivers

It only took Department of Public Safety officer Ben Kjellstrom a few minutes to spot a violation amidst a sea of traffic and whip his unmarked patrol car around, sloshing this reporter across the plastic backseats.

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Star Valley names new park for founder

The new Star Valley park was officially named for one of the young community’s founders at the April 15 meeting of the town council.

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Payson’s constable gets award

The Arizona Constables Association has honored Constable Colt White of Payson as the 2013 Arizona Constable of the Year out of a field of 86 constables and deputy constables from around Arizona.

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Eat your words: Why not write a cookbook?

Have a box of family recipes to share? Passionate about cooking healthy foods? Do your specialty dishes always get rave reviews? Maybe you should write a cookbook.

Easter Celebrations

The Rim Country’s religious leaders offer two special joint celebrations of the Holy season this week.

Community Almanac

The Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter will be presenting “Living with Alzheimer’s: For Middle-Stage Caregivers” from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesdays, April 16, May 21 and June 18 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.

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Clubs and Organizations

The Payson Art League meets at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 15 at the Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, across Highway 87 from Home Depot.

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Angry pleas for rate hike relief

Residents vent fears, frustrations at corporation commission session

Hundreds of angry water customers jammed a rare Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) meeting in Payson Friday to complain bitterly about steep proposed increases in the water rates for eight Rim Country communities served by Payson Water Com­pany (PWC), formerly owned by Brooke Utilities.

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Officer hurt

DPS cop, wife in stable condition after motorcycle crash in Payson

Department of Public Safety Det. Terry Phillips and his wife are recovering after a motorcycle accident this weekend that nearly claimed their lives.

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Budget signed

$9.2 billion plan defers action on CPS, offers small school boost

Gov. Jan Brewer last week signed a $9.2 billion state budget that grew out of a split-the-difference compromise between House and Senate Republicans.

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Fire season blazes into early start

The 2014 fire season flared into action this weekend, with a 175-acre blaze near Flagstaff underscoring the danger posed by the return of the drought.

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Woman’s bungled crime spree nets six years in prison

Young woman’s drug addiction spurred string of thefts, robbery

A 22-year-old Payson woman responsible for a host of crimes including driving the getaway car after her boyfriend held up a woman at an ATM was sentenced Monday to six years in prison.

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‘Footloose’ – A trifecta of talent

Students tackle acting, singing AND dancing in latest production

“Not many high schools tackle a show this complex,” said Thomas Walling, lead director for the musical after opening night.

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Education expert David Garcia swinging through Payson

A local Arizonan, David Garcia, born and raised in the state and a product of its public schools, has decided to throw his hat into the candidate ring for Superintendent of Public Instruction.