Early on Election Day, Payson High School parents received a call out from Principal Brian Mabb reporting a threat against Payson High School.
Incumbents and long-time residents had a good night when it came to the elections for school boards in Payson and the Tonto Basin. The Payson Unified School District had three positions to fill.
The Healthy Foodie
I love family meals. I wax nostalgic connecting with my family’s food traditions. I did this at the breakfast table with my daughter, Crystal. We got to talking about the foods that made me think of the great women cooks in my family.
A reader asked the Roundup to help him understand what his vote means in the presidential election.
Auditor general seeks missing $300,000
The Arizona auditor general continues to investigate hundreds of thousands of dollars missing from the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District accounts, according to sources questioned by the AG.
A massive gas explosion that blew some residents out of their shoes and “vaporized” their escape route engulfed a two-story apartment building at 201 E. Zurich St. at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Two days after Christmas last year, Linda Gist called the Gila County Sheriff’s Office to report that her wife, Linda Walker, “assaulted her and was now holed up in their residence.”
Five injured as fire consumes two-story building
A rupture in a gas line caused an explosion at 8:08 p.m. Saturday in Payson, which engulfed a two-story apartment building at 201 E. Zurich St., an apartment building behind Ace Hardware. The flames that consumed the building rose higher than the pine trees next to the address.
After a year of hard work, Payson Community Gardeners gather each year to celebrate their harvest and good works. At the dinner, the gardeners had much to celebrate. “We donated 9,000 pounds to the food banks this year,” said Garden secretary Linda Croy.
Star Wars dominated the theme of the Town of Payson’s Annual Trunk or Treat extravaganza — guess everyone can’t hold back the excitement over the new Disney Star Wars movie slated to open on Dec. 15.
The newswires have exploded with the news that premiums the federal Affordable Care Act exchanges will increase by an average of 25 percent nationally and as much as 119 percent in Arizona.
Men squeezed out of workforce
Recently, a local Rim Country auto repair shop bemoaned the lack of skilled workers. “Either they have the talent and fail drug tests or they don’t have the skill,” said the owner — who asked that his name be withheld.
On Nov. 1 a letter will arrive in the mailboxes of patients with Phoenix Health HMO stating the program will no longer be available in Arizona after Jan. 1, a company spokesperson confirmed.
The Healthy Foodie
I hated eggplant. I first experienced eggplant when I visited my family’s farm during summer vacation. My Aunt Eunice, baker of perfect pies, would make something I had to choke down to be polite — fried eggplant dipped in a cornmeal batter.
The first week of the 2016-17 Payson High School school year, Thomas Walling cast the play, “Is He Dead?”
Woman’s ‘bad day’ spurs action, frightens parents
Teachers at Julia Randall Elementary School rushed to lock themselves and their students in classrooms, the library and other buildings after Payson Police advised the school to go on “lockdown.”
Former Pine water, posse treasurer still facing 7 charges
Judge Timothy Wright denied efforts to dismiss three of the eight counts of fraud and conflict of interest against Mike Greer, the former treasurer for the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District and the Mounted Posse.
More ghouls. More ghosts. More good times. For the past 30-plus years, the residents of Tonto Basin have put on a Halloween Carnival at the school to raise money for playground equipment and other needs of the district. This year, they’re going Halloween happy.
Young band with a new director pulls it together
After a rough start to the 2017 marching band season, the Pride of Payson performed its heart out at the ASU Band Day on Oct. 15 — without any trips or starting the music on the wrong measure.
Moina Shaiq has lived in the United States since 1978, but she originally came from Pakistan.
Little Trayton Harrison looked anxiously up at his mother Cinnamon. Volunteer Chris Herzig cooed to him, “It’s OK, I just need to get your finger wet so we can get its print.”
Religion, home schooling, after-school activities and special education spurred spirited exchange among Payson School Board candidates at a recent Kiwanis-hosted debate.
Here’s why I hate bees. Well, hated bees. I’m better now. But it started out with bees, bras and humiliation. I was 22. I had kind of a study date in the library. Cute guy — and an angry pollinator (the bee, not the guy).
Brimming with hometown spirit, Payson got ready for Friday’s Homecoming game with a Thursday night bonfire and a joyful Friday Homecoming Parade.
Three incumbents unopposed, but three newcomers seek two seats
The Pine-Strawberry Elementary School District rocked with controversy in June when its Superintendent/Principal Cody Barlow resigned due to ‘bullying and nepotism’ by the school board.
At a recent Payson Tea Party meeting, four of the five candidates for the Payson Unified School District School Board answered questions on parent involvement in reading, school vouchers, home schooling and the function of a board member.
In the scorching summer month of July, the Tonto Basin Elementary School governing board faced a heated crowd sizzling over the proposed increases in property taxes to cover the capital needs of the school.
By Friday, Oct. 7, reaction to the Roundup story (Dating talk flap: School assembly warns girls not to provoke ‘uncontrollable’ boys) on the Brad Henning relationship assembly had spread through the flames of social media reaching parents, students, graduates, former teachers and even other media outlets.
How did I ever find out about capers? Not really sure — it’s a mystery. But capers are those tiny green pickled berries used in classic dishes like chicken piccata. So I set off on a wild caper to find out about these pungent little packs of flavor. Are they healthy?
Payson Town Council member and small-business owner Chris Higgins has seen economic revitalization in progress and believes it’s possible for Payson.
When Joe Corrigan and church leaders throughout Payson heard about a 23-year-old homeless man who hung himself out of despair, it galvanized them to find a solution — Hope House.
Payson native Shane Keith wants to give back
Shane Keith would like to give back to the town that has given him so much by serving on the Payson School Board.
On Monday, Ross Roberson picked up a most unique hitchhiker — a cicada. What are cicadas? Those bugs that make that racket in the trees every summer until they disappear until it heats up again. They make their song by vibrating parts of their body.
My blood caramelized when I learned that research published in Journal of the American Medical Association indicates the sugar industry paid for research to give little weight to sugar’s role in cardiovascular disease.
Dating talk flap
What does it say to Payson High School girls when 350 show up to a mandatory assembly on relationships during school hours, while only 25 PHS boys show up to a voluntary after-school session?
Students delight in 10th Annual Water Festival
At the 10th Annual Water Festival on Sept. 27 at Green Valley Park, high school students who had gone to the festival when they were in fourth grade helped a new crop of fourth-grade students learn about the Payson watershed.
Marketing plan aims to boost Rim businesses
With new Payson leadership starting in January, the Collective Arizona business group has launched a marketing strategy based on Payson’s natural hometown charm and adventure.
On Monday morning, the Town of Payson’s street department tore up the sidewalk in front of Coyote Auto.
Pine water board treasurer faces fraud, conflict charges
On Monday, Sept. 26, Mike Greer, the former treasurer of the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District and the Mounted Posse, had a case management hearing on the state’s case alleging fraud, theft and forgery amongst other charges.
Four of the five Payson Unified School District school board candidates made their case for votes at the Sept. 20 Payson Tea Party meeting.
During the weekend of Sept. 17 and 18, the Payson Police had eight arrests.
The Healthy Foodie
Kale is the new ‘It’ veggie.
This year, the Missoula Children’s Theatre brought “Alice in Wonderland” to Payson.
Beat the system
A Rim Country resident has won the right to apply for health insurance mid-year on the Affordable Care Act Health Exchange — because the insurance she purchased didn’t cover local doctors.
Utility wants 8 percent increase – new peak charges
It’s a challenge to run a multi-million-dollar electric company — especially when requesting a rate increase.
Tragedy claims Tonto Basin man
On Monday, Sept. 19 at 9:28 a.m., Bethany Cheney, a Tonto Basin resident, hit and killed Ted Morton as he jogged along Highway 188.
Payson High School’s technology and computer systems instructor and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) adviser Bud Evans received the Innovation Award from his peers around the state on Aug. 25 at the Arizona Business Educators Association and FBLA Teacher Leadership training conference.
On a campaign stop at the Payson Tea Party during a whirlwind tour of Sedona, Cottonwood and Payson, Arizona Senator Sylvia Allen, Representative Brenda Barton and Representative Bob Thorpe laid out their case for re-election.
On Friday, Sept. 9, Payson High School students spent the morning learning what it takes to make the next step after high school.
I once dated two men at the same time. Hardest thing I’ve ever done because I’m a monogamous kind of gal. But each of these guys had something cool about them. Mike was intellectual and cultured. Bob was adventurous and a great cook.