News for Tuesday, March 31, 2015



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School bus totaled in crash

Track team, staff escape injury

Sitting forlornly in the transportation parking lot, a mangled activities bus awaits a fate far from Payson Unified School District.

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Local World War II survivor turns 103

As a young mother, Janina Malicki experienced firsthand the terror of war as Nazis invaded her native Warsaw, Poland.

Future of education

Welcome to the State of Arizona, home of the most unintelligent children in the United States.

Payson library failing public

Today I made time to drive to the library to gather the tax forms needed to file.

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Is xylitol too good to be true?

The Healthy Foodie

So, you’ve met the perfect guy. No, I mean he’s so perfect you just know there’s got to be some deep dark secret he’s hiding.

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Prevention key to fighting skin cancer

Are you at risk for skin cancer? Do you know the signs? According to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

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Four rescued from Salome area

Four people were safely rescued from Salome Canyon Sunday night thanks to the efforts of several agencies that worked overnight to get them out.

Why good teachers leave

In the March 17 issue of the Payson Roundup there was a list (though not complete) of school personnel who recently left Payson Unified School District.

Arizona politicians want hunters to rid Grand Canyon of bison

The Grand Canyon has a buffalo problem. By some estimates, nearly 600 unwanted bison have migrated inside Grand Canyon National Park from their range on the Kaibab National Forest.

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Banner partnership focuses on improving health care in Rim Country

Residents and visitors in Payson can look forward to a new level of health care as Arizona-based Banner Health prepares to take over ownership of Payson Regional Medical Center.

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Horns stay hot in final round at Chaparral Pines

Unbeaten for at least 5 years says coach

It all came down to one final shot.

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Track and field coach: ‘He was kind of toying with them’

Moceri wins both distance races to lead Payson boys track team

“He was kind of toying with them.”

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Defense helps Horns snag big win at Blue Ridge

Look beyond the 3-9 overall record and Payson’s baseball team shows promise.

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PHS softball moves to 19-1

Payson’s softball team kept rolling on with a 12-2 win at Lakeside Blue Ridge in the section opener on Thursday, then beat Morenci 8-0 in a non-section contest at home on Saturday.

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Hughes fires 73, Anderson edges Manganiello

Tim Hughes fired a 73 to win the low gross championship at the Payson Men’s Golf Association’s Individual Low Net Tournament on Wednesday, March 25 at Payson Golf Course.

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Call prompts evacuation of Walmart

Customers and employees were evacuated from Payson’s Walmart Monday morning after someone called in a bomb threat.

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Wild chase

Man tries to ram deputy

A man is facing charges after reportedly trying to ram a sheriff’s deputy’s vehicle as he fled from a home in Ox Bow Estates early Sunday morning.

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Community groups need volunteers

You can make a difference when you volunteer. is a great way to find lists of Payson’s non-profit organizations that are in need of your help.

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County gears up for tough budget work

Building a county budget is never an easy task, given the range of county services and its limited revenue — compounded by a helpless reliance on the state for much of its funding.

Answer the call

Women and children who fled violent homes with nothing need someone to pick up food from the community food bank.

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Out-patient therapy now available for bladder control issues

Choosing the Rim Country Health Therapy Team can play an important role in recovery

What do we know about bladder control problems?

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Community Almanac

The Easter Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt is Saturday, April 4 at the Rumsey 2 Softball Field, near Taylor Pool on North McLane Road, and is for children ages 0 to 12 and youngsters with special needs.

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Clubs and Organizations

The Ladies of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, represented by Diane Baran, recently presented a $350 donation to Marion Cobo, administrator, and Durk Lynch, family nurse practitioner at Payson Christian Clinic.

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Holy Week Services

Many local churches have announced their schedule of Holy Week services.