Joe Trayer would like Payson High School students to stay on campus for lunch.
In its first year of existence, the Payson Farmers Market Pie Eating Contest sponsored by Enzo Crivelli Wood Designs, exhibited some successful techniques and some not so successful techniques.
Drive up to Debbie and Nollan Blackwell’s Payson Granite and Design store on Aero Drive and swirling multi-colored slabs of granite sit perched up on their ends in the parking lot.
Despite the Arizona Legislature’s votes to gut community college funding, the Gila Community College board has placed accreditation on the front burner.
The long-empty Payson Unified School District building at the top of McLane isn’t empty any more.
My 13-month-old daughter looked at us happily as she munched on sushi, until the wasabi hit.
The new Payson High School culinary arts instructor has wasted no time getting his advanced students out into the public and on the job.
In a scant week and a half, Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director Cameron Davis and Channel 3 producer Jessica Parsons rounded up representation from all the major events and groups in Rim Country.
The first three students to complete all the requirements to qualify for a cosmetology license will graduate by the end of summer.
During the week of Aug. 18, the Rim Country will see Prudential real estate signs quietly replaced by Berkshire Hathaway signs.
The Payson School Board on Monday had a lot of questions about a rash of new policies imposed on the schools this year by state lawmakers.
In “All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten,” poet Robert Fulghum reels off a list of simple, yet critical, skills learned in kindergarten.
“Our numbers appear to be up ... we’ll know more in a week,” said Payson Unified School District Superintendent Greg Wyman at the board meeting on Aug. 10 regarding districtwide enrollment.
Sixty people donned glow sticks then trotted around Green Valley Park and the Payson Golf Course in the evening for the first-ever Glow in the Bowl Run on Saturday, Aug. 8.
Payson School Board member advocates state takeover
Shirley Dye, Payson Unified School District board member, thinks as Governor Doug Ducey does — the Arizona State Land Trust should pay for schools and she would like the school board to support her position.
The brightly painted green and yellow John Deere tractor sat parked in the space usually occupied by cars.
Distant wildfire alarms residents of Rim Country
Lightning started a wildfire July 31 near the C.C. Cragin Reservoir.
Average worker has less than $12,000 in retirement savings
How much do average U.S. citizens save for retirement?
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I have two canning pots in my garage, one for a water bath and the other for high pressure canning.
Fire by Cragin Reservoir poses no risk to Rim Country
Smoke from a controlled burn near the C.C. Cragin Reservoir drifted into Payson Sunday evening.
When the Enterprise Car Rental Company off of the Beeline closed down no one knew where to turn.
Class to help families living with mentally ill adults
Ever have someone in the family that stole a school van to drive to Flagstaff for no reason they could ever really explain?
Chandra Cushman, the Humane Society of Central Arizona’s new executive director, started working at the shelter for the job, but discovered a purpose.
Devon Wells spent 33 years teaching the art of the home and kitchen to high school students and received a Distinguished Service Award from the Family and Consumer Sciences Educators on July 20.
At the front office, a sign directs everyone — students and guests alike — to the playground.
Brian Stultz has a vision — get vets into the wild to share talents, learn a new skill, heal and, most importantly, have fun.
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The chunks of apple sat in my bowl.
Young Payson English teacher popular with his students
Lacey Tackett has to contend with her husband’s notoriety with young people all around Payson.
The new school year starts on Monday, Aug. 3 for all students at Payson Unified School District.
Each afternoon, Rim Country residents eagerly watch the clouds build, then sigh in disappointment as they dissipate with little rain.
Class sizes may exceed 30 without another teacher
Flanked by all but one of the Payson Elementary School kindergarten teachers, Jane Pond and Sylvia Sandoval on July 27 begged the Payson Unified School District board to add another kindergarten teacher to the staff.
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Anyone else have trees white with juniper berries, poised to rain down on the porch?
People who love Green Valley Park also love the myriad of water creatures that populate the lake, many hiding in and amongst the plants growing along the shore.
Last year, the Payson Unified School District board requested the culture of the district change after a tumultuous year.
Staff with the Payson Unified School District will receive a one-time stipend during the 2015-16 school year.
The Gear Up program has returned to Payson Unified School District and former Rim Country Middle School physical education teacher Jackie Wallace will serve as the coordinator.
Jennifer White will head up Rim Country Middle School as its new principal starting the 2015-16 school year.
Linda Scoville, the new principal at Julia Randall Elementary, found her passion for education while juggling her time between single parenthood and a job to pay the bills.
Gail Milton’s office at Payson Elementary School sports an inviting shade of lavender on the walls.
Parents of band kids rejoice! There’s no more need to drive to Phoenix to get instruments repaired or rented.
To celebrate almost 10 years in business, Alan Roeder of Mountain Water Systems changed his phone number.
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There’s a battle in my backyard.
Independence could take five years and $12 million
At its first-ever board retreat on March 27, Gila Community College board member Jerry McCreary agreed to create a new committee to win independent accreditation.
No AP physics, chemistry again
For the second year in a row, Payson High School will not offer Advanced Placement physics —nor will it offer AP chemistry. The reason?
Barely a year after hiring the lobbying firm, Polito, the Gila Community College board will seek a new firm.
Summer brings bumper crops in Payson Community Garden
It’s July, and the Payson Community Garden has leafed out, while flowers bloom on plants.
It’s a Tuesday and Jim Clayton has on his Forest Service green pants, volunteer shirt and heavy boots to collect trash.
GCC studies free tuition for seniors
The Gila Community College board has decided to research how to find, keep and support students at the community college — even retirees.
The Read On Gila County Stakeholders will hold its quarterly meeting on Friday, July 10 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Payson Library to continue to help children in the County read.
Much ado about curriculum, texts
Three years ago, the Payson Unified School District adopted Beyond Textbooks.