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‘Fantastic Beasts’ has lots of magic, wizard duels and romance

Harry Potter does not appear in this film of magic and mayhem. His birth happens some 70 years after the events shown in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

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Truth can really be stranger than fiction

Your Turn

If I were to take some of the unlikely coincidences in my life and use them as plots in a short story or novel I’d be laughed out of every editor’s office I took it to. And I wouldn’t blame them either.

Longtime Gila County manager resigns

After years of service to Gila County, Manager Don McDaniel submitted his letter of resignation to the Board of Supervisors Nov. 14.

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Donate to local humane society on Giving Tuesday

Adoption Options

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, GIVING TUESDAY.  Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving back designed to combat the sometimes excessive greed of the holiday season.

Things getting hairy for Payson police

Things are getting pretty hairy at the Payson Police Department these days.

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Pregnant woman wins Turkey Trot 5K

First female to finish; Scott Jones first overall

Trista White couldn’t wait to reach the finish line in Saturday’s Payson Turkey Trot 5-Kilometer Family Fun Run.

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Beware of scams - read fine print on Medicare insurance policies

Beware calls promising a Medicare program that sounds too good to be true. “The government’s Medicare agency never calls beneficiaries asking to check their Medicare number, birth date, etc.,” said local health insurance agent Tom Russell. “Medicare contacts its beneficiaries by mail.”

Terrible child abuse

A Payson couple was sentenced last month inflicting life-threatening injuries on a baby they were watching and then trying to cover up the injuries with makeup.

Payson balks at Hellsgate plea

Private ambulance company opposes plan

A divided Payson Town Council balked at supporting the Hellsgate Fire District’s efforts to provide ambulance service to the area.

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How to shot night photography in Rim Country

Rim Country offers unique opportunities for lovers of the dark

Night photography is as popular now as cotton candy at the State Fair. Everyone wants in on the action. Creative Live just completed a weeklong webinar focused on night shooting

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An iris by any other name – is Payson

Sallie Lowman and other gardeners from the High Country Garden Club got dirty for a good cause — planting irises at the base of the trees lining the Town of Payson path near Main Street.

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Storm blows through

A storm front this week interrupted a long, dry unseasonably warm spell in Rim Country.

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Murder Charge: Man arrested for killing East Verde Estates resident

On Monday, Nov. 21, the Gila County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting an altercation between two men that had occurred on Sunday, Nov. 20. Deputies responded to a residence in East Verde Estates and found a man dead.

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Storm Front

A sudden hailstorm Monday afternoon caught one driver by surprise, sending their vehicle careening off State Route 87 at milepost 260, north of Payson.

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Marine Corps Birthday

Heroes dwell amongst us still

John Naughton was a gung-ho young Marine Corps sergeant running an artillery unit when the North Vietnamese shells began to rain down on the encircled defenders of Khe Sanh.