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Michele Nelson

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PCCS celebrates student artists

Armed with a set of stickers with three colors — yellow, pink and green — parents, grandparents, students and teachers of Payson Community Christian School wandered past three different class groupings of art projects to vote on their favorite.

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Don’t trash the forest!

Seems one of the greatest byproducts of the Memorial Day holiday is trash.

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Boy becomes a bouncy, bouncy hero

Eight-year-old Jestin Frost courageously saved a little 2-year-old boy when the bouncy house they played in at the Color Run started losing all its air.

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Adventure Club event raises $5,000 for student travel

Principal of Rim Country Middle School Jennifer White threw another great Color Run to support student travel.

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OMG: Kids without cellphones!

Middle School concert a delight

To end its year, the Rim Country Middle School Choir held its own concert on May 16.

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Tonto Forest to ban cross-country travel

Next month, the Tonto National Forest will release its long awaited Travel Management Plan barring off-road vehicle travel and designating a network of some 5,000 miles of dirt roads and trails for off-roaders.

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Choral Society in the spirit

The Payson Choral Society decided to belt out spirituals at its spring concert.

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Second-graders return to PES

For the first time in two years, all second-grade students will attend Payson Elementary School.

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Publisher leaves empty space

After nearly a decade of service to the Payson Roundup newspaper, publisher John Naughton will retire on Wednesday, May 25.

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Payson school enrollment rises

The enrollment for Payson schools is on the rise — but just barely.

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Payson seniors get big laughs for theater-in-the-round plays

Theater-in-the-round encircles the stage with the audience making the actors almost seem to be a part of the audience.

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Business club hosts famous author for its annual banquet

When Future Business Leaders of America advisor Bud Evans asked who had attended the Phoenix Comicon Convention, most of the students in the banquet room raised their hands.

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College will boost its tax rate

Gila Community College is set to increase the property tax rate on Gila County taxpayers, but there still is time to weigh in on the decision.

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Does a vegan diet equal a 150-year life?

The Healthy Foodie

OK — I admit it. I eat healthy because I like to feel good and if I look good at the same time, I’ll take that. But there’s this guy named Peter Filak, who’s attempting to live to 150 years old by eating a healthy vegan diet.

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Eagle Scout boosts interest in little-known, local fossil site

Ben Mohler decided to share his love of dinosaurs with the residents of Rim Country through his Eagle Scout project by building interpretive kiosks for the Indian Gardens Paleo Site just outside of Kohl’s Ranch right off of Highway 260.

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Quinlan quits board

With a scant six months left in his school board term, Jim Quinlan announced his resignation at the May 9 board meeting.

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Two schools take a fling at spring

Two hundred parents and students from both Julia Randall Elementary and Payson Elementary School converged on the JRE campus for the May 6 Spring Fling to dunk school officials and staff in the dunk tank, eat cotton candy and popcorn, and participate in all sorts of other activities.

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Mountain bike boosters begin

Officers, members and supporters of the Rim Country Mountain Biking Association met for a second time to firm up plans before officers present any ideas to the Northern Gila County Economic Development Committee at a brainstorming session next week.

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Poker Run crackdown

Game & Fish issued 19 citations at conclusion of charity off-road event

Arizona Game and Fish game wardens who stopped and cited many people after the Lorraine Cline Breast Cancer Awareness Memorial Run said they dispatched seven Game and Fish officers and one Forest Service officer after receiving a complaint.

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Dandelions – weed or tonic?

The Healthy Foodie

This is frustrating.

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FFA: Tradition & recognition

From the moment the Payson FFA chapter banquet started, tradition, respect and camaraderie infused the event.

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FDA orders huge frozen food recall

The Food and Drug Administration has sent out a recall on frozen produce packed by CRF Frozen Foods due to the Listeria monocytogenes organism.

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Record scholarship payout

In its second year of handing out scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000, the Friends of GCC Scholarship Foundation distributed a record amount of money to a record number of students.

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Game & Fish crashes Tonto Basin fundraiser

The Lorraine Cline Poker Run will again surpass donations of $30,000 and delivered a ton of fun, despite Game and Fish.

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Department of Child Safety still overwhelmed

Here’s the terrible part, Calandra was one of the lucky ones.

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The system fails, a child dies

Roundup investigation probes tragedy

Seven-year-old Calandra Balas saw it all. She watched as her father cut off his girlfriend’s hair, stuffed it in her mouth, hit her, choked her, cut her with the scissors.

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Wild winds usher in wildfire season

As red flag fire warnings spread with the wind across northern Arizona this weekend, the huge tanker helicopter remained perched at the Payson Airport, ready to take off with a belly full of water to douse any flames.

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Community college to up property tax

At its work session on April 14, the Gila Community College discussed the proposed property tax increase of 2 percent for the 2016-17 school year.

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Sweet potatoes: A case of mistaken identity

The Healthy Foodie

So, a 54-year-old woman had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital.

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Payson district approves online classes

The Payson Unified School District board voted to add Mesa Distance Learning to the mix of options available to students at PUSD.

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Rolling along

Mountain bikers, mayor hope trails will create biker heaven

Within hours of contacting Mayor Kenny Evans, Michael Bonnette, president of the Rim Country Mountain Biking Association and Mick Wolf, treasurer, met to start turning Payson into a world-class destination for mountain bikers.

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Musical triumph

Students’ staging of ‘Meet me in St. Louis’ earns ovations

Lavish costumes, sets and even workable trolleys that wandered up and down the aisles filled with the huge cast of 40 marked the Payson High School musical, “Meet Me In St. Louis.”

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Celebrating a century

By 11 a.m. on Saturday, the Jakes Corner Bar didn’t have a bar stool available and the tables inside had just about filled up.

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The piquant piñon nut

The Healthy Foodie

I made a discovery in New Mexico when I visited — piñon coffee.

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Who knew fertilizer could be so interesting?

With a bouncy personality and passion for the subject, Kylee Egbert and her partner Rylie Chapman stood at the head of the classroom in the Agricultural Building on the Payson High School Campus to talk about fertilizers.

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Lorraine Cline Poker Run gearing up to do good

Tradition, family and caring for the community lie at the heart of the Lorraine Cline Memorial Poker Run.

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Tea Party pitched

Prop. 123 ‘safe’ way to help schools

Laddie Shane from the Yes on Prop. 123 campaign made a special trip to Payson to speak to the Payson Tea Party at its meeting on April 12 — he also answered a lot of questions.

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Musical’s a blast from the past

This year, the Payson High School Theatre decided to dip into the past for its musical by presenting Meet Me In St. Louis.

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Eating the right foods in order to give blood

The Healthy Foodie

So, did you know that eating certain foods helps you to give blood?

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Gail Gorry runs for superintendent

Longtime educator wants to head county schools

Gail Gorry has spent her life in education — starting in the fifth grade — always striving to have an impact on more and more students.

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Bikers envision a bright future

Wishful thinking has abounded for years to turn Rim Country into a mountain biking mecca.

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Weekend rain storms into the forecast

After 60 days of dry, a dose of spring rain finally on the way

After 60 days with nothing but a smattering of moisture (not even enough to tamp down the dust) the National Weather Service predicts a set of storms will besiege Rim Country, bringing much-needed rain and postponing the start of the fire season.

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Gov. Ducey plugs proposition in Payson

On Monday, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey held an education summit in Payson to push Proposition 123, before heading over to speak at the Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Luncheon.

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Peeling the layers to find out onion secrets

The Healthy Foodie

Every time I chop an onion, I cry.

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First Payson High band musician makes All-State Band

For the first time in Payson High School history, senior band member Sabrina Bonn will play in the All-State Concert Band.

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School board questions AG’s report

The Payson Unified School District board wished it could ask the Auditor General’s office why it fails to do a direct apples-to-apples comparison when analyzing how district schools spend money.

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So pleasant a place for such a terrible tale

Pleasant Valley Days this weekend in Young

The sign read, Young 8 miles.

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Schools rated

Auditor General looks at costs, scores

Compared to similar districts statewide, Payson spends more on teachers and gets better test results — despite having larger class sizes, according to this year’s Arizona Auditor General’s report.

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Payson borrows another $11 million for pipeline

The Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona announced in a press release that it has closed its fourth loan with the Town of Payson for $11 million to help complete the C.C. Cragin pipeline project.

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Gosar lobbies to restore school funding

Rim Country Congressman Paul Gosar has submitted a request to restore the Secure Rural Schools funding to the House Appropriations Committee.

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