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Crucial help

Donations keep schools afloat

What would a football game be without cheerleaders, the band blaring, banners, uniforms, and posters? A play without costumes? A band without instruments? A school without a sports program?

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GCC students’ outburst of creativity

In clay, cloth, canvas, pixels and stone, the artists of Gila Community College (GCC) presented their 8th Annual Student Art Show and Sale.

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Real world lessons delight students at Tonto Basin ranch

Eager Gila County fourth-graders last week enjoyed the educational events for AG DAZE at H-4 Ranch in Tonto Basin, the fifth year of a program designed to bring “agricultural awareness” to Rim Country kids.

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Safeway golf tournament helps out local schools

Safeway’s ninth annual School Beautification Golf Tournament had an excellent turnout this year, with all proceeds supporting Payson Head Start and local schools.

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Students learn how to be H.E.R.O.s

The energy in the room oozed out of the doors of the Julia Randall Elementary (JRE) gym.

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GCC firefighter training program receives national accreditation

Gila Community College’s Operations class program, offered in partnership with Payson Fire Department, has now received formal accreditation from the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).

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PES students take field trip to Bar L Bar Ranch

Energized young students from Payson Elementary School (PES) rushed from the busses in their eagerness to spend a big day at the Bar L Bar Ranch.

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Foreign exchange student follow-up

Payson families have hosted dozens of foreign exchange students since the EF Foundation started matching families with overseas teenagers in 2004.

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Evans steps away

Says he’ll leave university land purchase to the Alliance board

Assured the Rim Country Educational Alliance has the money to buy a 253-acre Forest Service parcel for a university campus, Payson Mayor Kenny Evans has apparently backed away from a plan for the Rim Country Educational Foundation to buy the land.

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Land purchase divides university backers

The festering conflict between Payson Mayor Kenny Evans and Rim Country Educational Alli­ance (SLE) Chairman Steve Drury broke into the open Thursday over contrasting plans for buying 253 acres to build a university campus in Payson.

PHS culinary students meet cooking pros

Appetizer a hit at Phoenix’s Harvest Moon fundraiser

Payson High School Culinary Arts students recently participated in a special fundraiser for the C-CAP (Careers Thorough Culinary Arts Program) organization that proved to be an evening of meeting the pros.

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Can state opt out of Common Core?

The new Arizona Superinten­dent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas, ran on an anti-Common Core platform, but would pulling out of the program help or hurt students and schools?

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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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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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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.