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Updates on what's new in the Payson business community.

Payson School Board balks on transgender

Federal policy recognizes students' gender identity rights

The Payson Unified School District Board on Aug. 22 decided to punt on a suggested policy that would have kept in place practices already followed by the district regarding transgender students and bathrooms.

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Arizona legislative candidates stress education, economy

Martinez, Bagley will challenge incumbents representing Rim Country

Lawmakers must support Arizona’s educational system for the state to prosper, two Democratic legislative candidates insisted at a recent Payson fundraiser.

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Tonto Basin gets new superintendent

Chad Greer, new superintendent of the Tonto Basin Elementary School District, rode into town just in time to wrangle with angry comments from frustrated community members over a property tax increase for the school.

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After six years in shelters, Jojo finally finds her forever home

Writing success stories is much more fun for us at the Humane Society of Central Arizona than asking for help or calling attention to the plight of a lonely stray.

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Meteor shower watch party draws crowd

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek celebrated the Perseid meteor shower with a watch party. It was an impromptu gathering following a single invitation on social media.

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Rim Country property tax rates rise

Property values up in Rim Country

Property owners should start getting their property tax bills at the end of September, which will likely include a significant increase thanks to a rise in the rate for schools.

Payson sex offender sentenced after violating probation

A man that repeatedly violated probation, using heroin and visiting with his children when he was told not to, was sentenced Friday, Aug. 12 to prison.

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Payson area REALTORS® rally to rescue food banks

Payson area Realtors are at it again. For the third year, the group is sponsoring a food drive to benefit the area’s three food banks.

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Democrat mounts longshot bid to unseat Gosar

Weisser stressed education, immigration in effort to unseat Rep. Gosar

Democratic congressional candidate Mikel Weisser brought to Payson recently his longshot crusade to unseat Republican Rep. Paul Gosar.

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Candidates seek seats on area school boards

The names are in and the race will start for the three Rim Country school district boards — after the Aug. 30 primary election.

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Celebrating Lincoln’s birthday

Back When

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 1924 the young Payson schoolteacher, Julia Randall secretly brought her portrait of Abraham Lincoln to her classroom and placed it on an easel in front of the class.

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You really can’t go home again

Your Turn

When my family moved from New York City to New London, Conn., I found myself in a town that suited me perfectly, small enough to know well, but large enough to be worth knowing.

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Safford beats Payson 38-8 in football

Payson High opened the football season on a sour note, losing 38-8 to visiting Safford on Friday.

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PHI Air Medical flying high after first year in Payson

PHI Air Medical celebrated its first year in Payson with an open house for staff and area officials last week.