Michele Nelson

Reporter

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Recent Stories

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Return of the huggable pine trees

The Fiesta Bowl Parade Committee specifically asked for the trees — so Cameron Davis, Payson Parks and Recreation director, said he would deliver.

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Upping the spirit game for Homecoming Week

The student council (STUGO) huddled in sponsor Anna Van Zile’s room, planning every detail of a Homecoming Week celebration designed to bust out all over with spirit.

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GEAR UP grant back

Payson Schools Superintendent Greg Wyman received the call before the Sept. 22 board meeting —the U.S. Department of Education’s GEAR UP grant is back on.

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Middle school mentors make all the difference

Forty-two eighth-grade students have volunteered to make Rim Country Middle School (RCMS) a warmer, fuzzier, more comfortable place for incoming sixth-grade students.

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Override loss may threaten ‘extras’

A mounting body of research shows that extracurricular activities can significantly boost student achievement, but many Payson programs may wind up on the chopping block if voters reject continuing a 10 percent budget override.

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Don’t toss that pigweed!

The Healthy Foodie

Turns out, one of the first crops I accidentally managed to grow on my Community Garden plot was pigweed.

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Vocational program ready

College cosmetology building nearly done

Gila Community College (GCC) has just put the finishing touches on the cosmetology building and hired an instructor.

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School AIMS scores drop in 3rd-5th grade

Volatile student test scores dropped at Julia Randall Elementary (JRE) from last year, perhaps reflecting administrative upheaval.

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Schools turn to community

Override failure may force cuts

With a yes vote on the Payson Unified School District override in November, Rim Country residents can offer direct support to local teachers.

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Back to school

Parent: ‘This was amazing’

Dozens of concerned parents, grandparents, caregivers and community members gave up their Saturday morning to find out about their student’s homework, well-being and how the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) works.

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