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Longhorn Band places ninth in its division at Super State

All the long hours, behind-the-scenes help and exhausting schedule have paid off — the Pride of Payson Marching Band placed ninth in the state in its division.

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Rim Country fire crews all tapped out

Fire taxes region’s resources

Who you going to call to a burning house when everyone — absolutely everyone — is off or on other calls? If you’re the Payson Fire Department, you call everyone — and hope someone shows up.

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Moving forward

Alliance meeting slated to buy university land

The Rim Country Educational Alliance Board is scheduled to meet on Thursday to consider moving forward to purchase two parcels of Forest Service land totaling some 274 acres — 253 acres immediately and another 21 acres in about a year.

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Two council meetings this week

The Payson Town Council will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m., today, Nov. 18, in council chambers to adopt the general election results and discuss the replacement of the town attorney.

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State still shorting vocational courses

NAVIT adds career courses, but still excludes freshmen

The Northern Arizona Voca­tional Institute of Technology (NAVIT) has trained Payson students in fire sciences, culinary arts, agricultural sciences, auto-shop, business (DECA and FBLA), construction arts, theater technical arts, nursing and medical assistance, and now they have added cosmetology.

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Work continues on Beeline Highway north of Sunflower

Expect lane restrictions both day and night for the next two months

Crews continue to make progress on a safety improvement project on State Route 87 between Payson and Phoenix, approximately seven miles north of Sunflower. For the next two months, drivers will face daytime and nighttime restrictions between mileposts 221 and 228.

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Community Almanac

Volunteers with Payson Community Kids and others will be constructing the tamales for the big Tamales for Toys event from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19.

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Clubs and Organizations

The Ladies of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, represented by Becky McGuigan (center), recently presented a $500 donation to John Zilisch, president, and Janet Zilisch, treasurer, of Payson Helping Payson (PHP).

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Controlled burns slated for Hunter Creek, Camp Tontozona, Verde Glen

Fire specialists from the Tonto National Forest will conduct a 2,000-acre controlled burn west of Hunter Creek and east of Camp Tontozona early this week.

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November celebrations you may not know

November is known for many things — Veterans Day and Thanksgiving are the two most celebrated, but this month is also Aviation History and International Drum Month, National Adoption Awareness, Model Railroad, Native American Heritage and Peanut Butter Lovers Month.

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Fashion plates hit the runway for health care

Local residents enthusiastically strutted their stuff modeling the latest fashions for the Fourth Annual Falling Leaves Fashion­eesta held at The Center (formerly the Senior Center).

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Payson council chooses new town attorney

The Payson Town Council has selected a new attorney and he comes by way of the Town of Florence.

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Home Depot fixes Legion Hall

Payson Home Depot employees pitched into refurbish the Rim Country American Legion Hall in honor of Veterans Day.

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Business that started in bedroom expands again

SmartSystems I.T. company to celebrate 10th anniversary

While many businesses have closed their doors over the past decade, Scott Moody’s been opening new ones.

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JRE students honor veterans

Julia Randall Elementary School celebrated Veterans Day with a flag raising conducted by 14 veterans in uniform at an assembly held Monday, Nov. 10.