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Staff parking lot at college approved for lighting

The Gila Community College board debated the cost and safety issues to add lights to the Payson campus staff parking lot at its March 12 meeting — finally approving the additional lighting — pending a clarification of the cost.

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Gracie Haught Classic Scoreboard

Gracie Haught Classic scoreboard

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Hospital merger

Banner pledges $25 million upgrade

The Mogollon Health Alliance, owner of Payson Regional Medical Center, has signed a letter of intent with Banner Health, which operates a national chain of hospitals and clinics.

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Alliance shakeup

Changes could clear way for purchase

The Payson Town Council on Thursday will likely replace Rim Country Educational Alliance Chairman Mary Kastner whose term is expiring with Payson Town Councilor Su Connell.

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Help for the best and brightest

Payson schools struggle to provide advanced classes

Payson schools were already struggling to provide advanced courses for its hardest working students when the budget blows and teacher shortages hit.

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Annual fundraiser will feature ‘Music, Mutts & Meowgaritas’

The Humane Society of Central Arizona is gearing up for the upcoming Music, Mutts & Meowgaritas fundraiser.

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Best of the best converge on Payson

Longhorns face tough test in quest for glory

Payson High’s softball team is the favorite in many people’s minds to win the first state championship in program history this season. But the Longhorns will have to get by several other teams with title aspirations of their own if they are to realize their ultimate goal.

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A family tragedy

Drugs, abuse shatter family, provoke 10-year prison term

A Payson man will spend the next 10 years in prison for abusing his children and other offenses.

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Winter leaves with a dash of snow, rain

Making one last roar, the lion of winter brought rain to the Rim Country late Wednesday evening.

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Slide-offs, rollover clutter Rim Country highways

There were a number of accidents Thursday including one just south of Pine and several slide-offs east of Payson.

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Music and wellness forum on tap

DJ's Music Trivia

I got the eye of the tiger, A fighter, dancing through the fire ...

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Spring arrives on Rim with celebrations

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek saw the opening of the Landmark for the new season, the final St. Patrick’s observance up at Dennis and Kelly’s home in See Canyon, a birthday party campfire down at Jay and Lisa’s, a host of youngsters on spring break and even some folks looking for campsites already.

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P/S residents blessed with fire pros

Rattlin' the Rim

In awe, I watched a band of hardened Rim Country firefighters do what they do best — protect property, homes and lives.

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Village starting to bloom; side streets being graded

The Village

I took a stroll around our house this morning and I was surprised by all the trees that are in bloom. It’s almost as if the blooms popped out overnight.

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As Bette Davis once said: ‘Getting old is not for sissies’

Your Turn

Today is 11 Dec 2014. I just got done writing out a stack of Christmas cards, some headed for Australia, the UK, and India, and the rest headed around the good old USA. The odd part of it is that it wore me out more than if I had gone outside and spent the same hour-and-a-half shoveling snow.