News for Friday, October 24, 2014



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Police roust rider and his saddle gets stolen

Payson got an unwelcome dose of national publicity this week when a veteran Marine making his way cross-country on a charity ride had his saddle stolen in the middle of the night from the Payson Event Center.

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Girls stepping up to challenge, running well

Greenleaf hopes to return for next week’s sectional

When a hip injury sidelined Abby Greenleaf, the Longhorns lost their top runner. The junior has missed about a month with the injury and it’s unclear if she’ll make it back for the Div. 3 Section 3 meet on Oct. 31 in Gilbert.

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A good cause, a brave survivor, a bad blunder

Nearly a statistic – now he makes a difference

Every day, at least 22 veterans commit suicide.

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Diamond star now queen of links

Peterson claims 8th straight Club Championship

Karen Peterson’s introduction to golf was such a calamity in her mind that she walked off the course in embarrassment before finishing her first hole.

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PHS spikers teetering on edge of playoffs

Payson’s Longhorns find themselves teetering on the edge of the Division 3 state volleyball tournament picture.

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Playoffs in air for gridders

More Than A Game

The high school football playoffs don’t begin until Nov. 8, but the Longhorns find themselves in the middle of an extended dress rehearsal.

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Smith, Eggen win best ball

Larry Smith and Stan Eggen combined to fire a net score of 50 to win the A Flight in the Payson Men’s Golf Association Two-Man Best Ball Tournament by four strokes over Tim Ernst and Don Pollock (54) at Payson Golf Course on Oct. 15.

ACT bill is typical election year posturing to deflect attention from incumbent’s abysmal record on education

As a candidate for Arizona’s House of Repre­sentatives my priority is public education. It is my priority because public education powers Arizona’s economy by developing a high-quality workforce, bringing in investors, and creating entrepreneurs. Quality public education is the surest path to higher paying jobs and is vital to Arizona’s future

No qualified candidates

If we are supposed to believe all the ads on television, it appears that no current candidate is qualified for the office he or she is seeking.

Setting high-end average

Payson wins again.

‘Extended play’ program more like expanded pay

If you are considering going on an “Extended Pay” plan you might want to consider our experience and judge for yourself.

Event support appreciated

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library Board of Trustees and staff want to thank everyone who came to our first “Wine Around the Library” event Saturday, Oct. 11. What a show of support from our community!

Many thanks to supporters

Mountain Village Foundation held its annual Steak Fry on Sept. 28 at the StrawBEARy Bear in Strawberry. This is an important fundraiser for the group whose mission is to help children in need and provide emergency help for seniors in Pine and Strawberry.

STEMfest a huge success

Gila County School Superintendent Linda O’Dell would like to express her sincere appreciation to everyone who participated in the second annual Gila County STEMFest on Saturday, Oct. 4 in Payson.

Payson can show its heart

Payson got a black eye when an overzealous officer got into a middle-of-the-night confrontation with a weary rider raising money to help returning veterans.

Republican lawmakers to sponsor bill seeking additional classroom time for kindergartners

As staunch advocates for a strong public education system and Republican members of the Arizona State Legislature, we read the recent Arizona Republic My Turn piece “It’s time for additional classroom time for all of Arizona’s youngest students” with great excitement.

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Community Almanac

The annual Halloween benefit for the Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund is from 7 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Journigan House, 202 W. Main St.

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Clubs and Organizations

Time Out Inc.’s annual Candlelight Walk to remember the victims of domestic violence is Wednesday, Oct. 29.

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Somebody up there likes us

Your Turn

I just finished reading a book titled “The Fifteen Decisive Battles of The World From Marathon to Waterloo.” It was written in 1851 by Sir Edward Creasy, and is a classic, which is still read and quoted today.

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Proof in the proverbial pocketbook

Rattlin' the Rim

During the opening days of school each year, geometry teachers stress to students that a “given” is a fact being provided to help solve a proof.

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Saying goodbye to a really great guy

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek held a memorial for John Matus at the Creekside Restaurant last Friday afternoon.

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A sad final chapter to great career

DJ's Music Trivia

Just 10 days ago, singer Glen Campbell shared a music video “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” on YouTube, a track that the country music great previously revealed will be the final song he ever records as he battles Alzheimer’s disease.

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Colors of the season dazzle Tonto Village

The Village

Tonto Village is turning all kinds of colors. Mother Nature and Jack Frost are responsible for all the gold, orange, red and brown hues on the trees and bushes.