Over and over on Monday, the Rim Country residents Payson Water Company (PWC) serves demanded, “Show us the plan — or drop the rate hike.”
Commission balks at 118 percent increase
Amidst a blizzard of figures and complaints, the Arizona Corporation Commission staff has recommended cutting Payson Water Company’s proposed 118 percent rate increase to about 75 percent.
The Payson Unified School District (PUSD) board will interview former Tonto Basin Superintendent/Principal Johnny Ketchem and an outside candidate, Greg Wyman, for the interim superintendent position.
Election date alternatives spur debate
Controversy has continued to simmer and build in the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District ever since the mass-resignation of five of the seven board members intended to dampen controversy.
School bus driver honored for 15 years behind the wheel
Miss Shari has such pride in her big yellow school bus that she once polished it from “stem to stern.”
College can’t find candidates to fill crucial empty slot
Six months after Tom Loeffler resigned from his post, the Gila Community College board still lacks a full slate of board members.
44 miles of Jeep drivin’ and a Marine with a big laugh reveal secrets of the ancients
John Dryer’s voice fills any room he enters, backed by a personality bigger than an Arizona sky. He has lived in Tonto Basin for almost half a century, so when he promised to reveal an ancient mystery, I couldn’t resist.
Cameras installed on Payson school buses
It’s almost a rite of passage to have a childhood story of harassment on the school bus — but not anymore in Payson.
If Rim Country drivers ever break down anywhere near Sunflower on Highway 87, the Ranft family and their business, the Sunflower Towing Company, have been there to help.
Payson School Board wants to interview candidates in January
For the past few months, each time the Payson Unified School District board has faced a decision that involves spending money, it has balked — except when it came to searching for an interim superintendent.
If doing community service or volunteering falls anywhere on your New Year’s resolution list, head on over to Payson High School (PHS).
Donations, volunteers help 140 children and 44 families
Pat yourself on the back Rim Country; Payson Assisting Displaced Students (PADS) would like to thank you.
Almost 300 disadvantaged kids will open a present this Christmas thanks to Angel and the people of Rim Country, despite a Scrooge stealing presents during the drive.
High school choir, band offer a holiday feast for the ears
Music director Sergio Beraun rang all the Christmas bells perfectly for the first concert of his Payson High School (PHS) career. The lush music from the band and the precise tones of the choral groups offered a feast for the ears.
Price to replace rickety stands slashed in half
Clutching a daunting $119,000 bid to repair and replace condemned bleachers, the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) board on Dec. 16 took a breath and a sharp pencil and whittled the price down to $51,811.
“The Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these ...”
As each class took the stage for the Payson Elementary School (PES) Christmas Concert, students squinted to see past the bright stage lights into the audience.
Mount Cross Lutheran Church has taken a leap of faith and broken ground on a new sanctuary, although it needs about $500,000 to finish the project.
RCMS fall music concert delights: high school, PES shows this week
With laughs and giggles, grins and winks, crescendos and choruses, the Rim Country Middle School band and choir members entertained family and friends at their fall concert.
GCC misses out on money due to status
Once again, Gila Community College (GCC) attended an Arizona Association of District Governing Boards annual meeting, only to discover that as a provisional district it still can’t get no respect.
I started my Christmas shopping trip with a warm pumpkin chai latte at Dimi Espresso Café, a pad of paper and a pencil ... because I need all the help I can get — shopping is not my favorite activity.
School board again delays decision
As five of the seven kindergarten teachers from Payson Unified School District (PUSD) faced the school board, member Jim Quinlan quipped, “Are you going to lead us in a song?”
The new agriculture instructor at Payson High School, David Rutherford, has something to crow about — his students.
Girl gets $1,000 scholarship for humongous plant
“When I heard I had won, I was like, ‘WAAAA! I must call Mr. Reed,” said Marissa Ormand, winner of Bonnie Plants’ 3rd Grade Cabbage Program.
Mom returns from war in Afghanistan to her daughters’ delight
Not a dry eye remained in the Payson High School foyer as friends and family gathered around the Christmas tree to watch Josie and Olivia Long reunite with their mom, Laura Doughty.
School board agonizes about neglected projects
Pressured for time, the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) board begrudgingly voted four to one to pay $126,000 to replace the condemned bleachers at the high school in time for commencement.
Stolen toys bring tears to volunteers
Leticia Alatriz felt her heart break when she told her son, Angel, that someone had stolen the toys from a donation box they had set up at the Sawmill Theatres.
About 1,500 people attend Electric Light Parade
For some reason, the night of Payson’s annual Electric Light Parade seems the coldest of the year — and this Saturday, Dec. 7 did not disappoint.
Principals Rob Varner, Will Dunman and Asa Hall met with many parents in the past month to hammer out ways to relieve overcrowding at Payson Elementary School.
School district buys out $58,000 contract; seeking interim chief starting Jan. 1st
Payson Unified School District (PUSD) will spend $58,000 to buy out Superintendent Ron Hitchcock’s contract and seek an interim superintendent to take over by Jan. 1.
118% boost won’t upgrade system, increase supply
Payson Water Company’s customers may soon be paying twice as much for water — but they’ll still likely face the frustrations of water rationing and a ramshackle system.
Wednesday storm should bring rain, snow, frigid temperatures
After a beautiful Thanksgiving weekend, Rim Country needs to brace for wet, cold, winter weather.
The breathtaking beauty of Rim Country goes on for miles ... too bad it lacks easy access.
How things went wrong for the school superintendent and board
The end of any relationship causes pain, confusion and heartache, but it’s no good staying together “just for the kids.”
My earliest memories are of stories — they came flooding back to me during the Tellabration in Pine this past weekend as master storytellers enthralled 100 delighted listeners at the Pine Community Center.
Rim Country celebrates the holidays
Seems all of Rim Country has the holiday spirit — and not for just a couple of days, but for the rest of the year.
No need to eat alone this Thanksgiving — public dinners are happening all over Rim Country.
Ah! The holidays. What makes them more memorable than sitting around the kitchen with a gingerbread house kit, a small child, frosting, candies and ... well ... a mess.
GCC’s gamble on tuition cuts seemingly paying off
After the Gila Community College (GCC) board sharply lowered tuition and reinstated free classes for seniors, everyone held their breath to see if the college would make it.
District hopes to renew grant to boost graduation rate, scores
“Never is (education) all about academics,” said Kristi Ford, GEAR UP Grant coordinator and teacher. “It’s children first, subjects second.”
Kristi Ford’s voice cracked and she held back tears as she talked to Academic Decathlon students, a program funded by the Gear Up grant, on Saturday, Nov. 16.
Judy Smith: Volunteer of the Year
Judy Smith thought she knew who was going to win the Volunteer of the Year award from the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, but she was proved wrong.
Teachers put equipment to good use
On a Tuesday evening after school, the Payson High School baseball field crawled with students, their parents, three teachers and lots of telescopes in all shapes and sizes.
Payson High School (PHS) Principal Brian Mabb has two goals for the high school and its students: 1) Inspire students to stay in Payson to work, live and raise families. 2) Create a school the community can proudly support.
No one leaves empty-handed from gem and mineral show
The Payson Rimstones’ Annual Gem and Mineral Show promises to educate and entertain. Better yet, guests will probably go home with something.
Less than a year after selling Frontier Elementary School, the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) has a problem — too many kids and not enough classrooms for the elementary grades.
PHS students deliver goosebump-producing performance at band festival in Gilbert
As the sun set, the Payson High School (PHS) Marching Band settled into position on Williams Field in Gilbert during the Nov. 2 ABODA State Marching Band Festival.
Hitchcock launches changes, but quits after just 18 months
Barely 18 months into his tenure, Payson Unified School District (PUSD) Superintendent Ron Hitchcock will seek approval to resign from the school board tonight at its Nov. 12 meeting.
Longtime Payson seaman recalls ‘Day of Infamy’
Three generations of 30-year Payson resident Robert “Bo” Bochansky’s family served in the Navy — their service spanning from World War I to Vietnam.
One of the holiday season’s tastiest events is just around the corner — Tamales for Toys.
The Rim Country Middle School library buzzed with nervous twitters and fidgeting; spread out in a circle, tri-fold cardboard displays showed Christina Cleary’s sixth grade science class projects on weather topics from tornados to lightning.