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Hitting the kids

A 29-year-old Payson man faces a slew of child abuse charges after reportedly slapping around his girlfriend’s children.

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Planning brouhaha

Residents protest plan to loosen access requirements

Despite some residents’ objections, the Planning and Zoning Commission Monday recommended the Payson Town Council increase the number of homes allowed on a cul-de-sac to comply with a model, international fire code.

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Community Almanac

The Payson Salvation Army is in need of volunteers to ring bells for this Christmas season.

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Clubs and Organizations

The Mogollon Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the Rim Country Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) had the opportunity to present 1,000 copies of the Constitution of the United States to the students of Payson High School Dec. 9, 2014.

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Rim Country pets need a Home for the Howlidays

Help our furry friends get a home for the howlidays.

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A heart-warming holiday story

Rattlin' the Rim

Working in the newspaper business is never without its surprises and feel-good stories.

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Better to have smoke now than fire later

The Village

Whew — Tonto Village is really smoky! There have been crews around the Village lighting the piles of brush cut earlier.

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Our ancestors were not all serious

Your Turn

In reading books about our ancestors, or looking at some of their portraits, you would swear that they must have been a straight-laced bunch that never cracked a smile. And by and large you wouldn’t be too far from being right. But every once in a while ...

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A bachelor for the holidays

DJ's Music Trivia

In June 1965, R&B-soul singer Ben E. King released the song “She’s Gone Again.” And that title pretty much says what’s going on in my life right now.

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Santa arrives with wintery weather

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is just average — but that’s not bad. The Creek had an inch and three-quarters in a 48-hour rain event last week.

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Robot fish to be released in Arizona waters for a second season

When anglers head to two eastern Arizona rivers this spring for trout season, that lunker fit for the frying pan may look surprisingly high-tech, starting with a 6-inch wire hanging from its belly.

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More rain predicted for weekend

Rain and fog and cold! Oh my!

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Lashed by the storm

Rim Country Archaeological Society finds joy and mystery in the ruins of Chaco Canyon

Ed Spicer stood on the cliff edge, overlooking the 800-year-old ruins of Pueblo Bonito, once the mystic center of an ancient world. A genial fighter pilot with artificial knees, an inexhaustible sense of adventure and an insatiable curiosity, Ed dubiously surveyed the rain clouds gathering south of Chaco Canyon.

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Tonto Basin needs school board members

In the Rim Country, Tonto Basin was the only school district with three board members.

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Christmas light show!

On Saturday, Payson staged a small-town celebration of Christmas that featured the cheer, joy and companionship of the season.