Hospice Compassus provides an opportunity each holiday season to remember lost loved ones through its Celebration of Life, this year at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4 at Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Road, Payson.
The hustle and bustle of the season adds a celebratory flavor to the holidays. That hustle and bustle explodes this week with a long list of craft fairs and one of the community’s most popular music programs.
Star Valley has paid $4,200 of a $7,500 contract to Bruce Varker for a streets and roads master plan. However, the consultant has done very little since April, town officials complained.
If you want to have as much fun shopping for holiday treasures as the recipients will have receiving them, plan a visit to Moose Mountain. The shop is packed to the rafters with wonderful gifts in all shapes, sizes and prices.
Gila County’s resources to cover road building and other transportation costs are shrinking.
Recall supporters now want quick election
The Gila County Board of Supervisors called off a promised community meeting on the takeover of the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District and politely sidestepped pleas for a quick election.
Supervisors schedule Dec. 11 briefing on Pine water takeover
Some 700 county employees are getting an early Christmas gift from the Gila County Board of Supervisors in the form of a one-time bonus.
There will be plenty of partying on Historic Main Street in Payson, Saturday, Dec. 7 at the annual Electric Light Parade, which starts at 6 p.m. at Green Valley Park and goes to the Sawmill Crossing.
Tellabration time in Pine
Good food and good stories await in Pine.
Her father was the first of the prolific Pyle family born in Rim Country. Celebrating her 98th birthday last month made her the oldest pioneer descendant still living in the area. Or at least that’s what Myrtle Pyle Warter believes.
Hospice offers, choices, dignity
Hospice is about living, not dying. As National Hospice Month is commemorated this November, the staff at Hospice Compassus in Payson wants residents in their service area to see what they do contributes to the quality of life.
A sea of faces, many etched by time, looked up at the stage, expectant, waiting for the annual Veterans Day tribute to begin.
Road budget mostly for urban areas
The Arizona Department of Transportation has turned a blind eye to the transportation needs of Rim Country.
The Rim Country has many children and teens in need. Each year efforts are made by different groups to help them with clothing, school supplies, Christmas gifts and more. Three years ago a concerted effort was organized and became Payson Assisting Displaced Students.
The Payson chapter of Amnesty International is just beginning its fourth year of operation, but it has put more than a few feathers in its cap over its short life. It was awarded the 2011 Sister Laola Hironaka Award. The award is presented annually to one Amnesty International USA local group that has demonstrated innovation, courage and effective campaigning strategy. The award serves to honor and recognize the most outstanding chapter in the country.
Take advantage of one-stop health care during the 15th Annual Community Health & Care Fair from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 2 at Julia Randall Elementary School gym, 902 W. Main St., Payson.
The flu season has already reared its ugly head in Arizona — but not yet in Gila County — according to the state’s summary of activity for the illness.
Treasurer asked to explain late property taxes
A long delay in sending out property tax bills that has created a crisis for many special districts prompted Gila County Board of Supervisors Chairman Mike Pastor to “invite” Gila County Treasurer Debora Savage to appear before the board at its Nov. 5 meeting.
But board approves liquor license for another Pine eatery
Accepting recommendations from its planning and zoning commission, the Gila County Board of Supervisors split action on requests from two Pine businesses.
As October ebbs away, the Payson Public Library is entertaining another wave of authors. Dr. Gladys Taylor McGarey and Karilee Halo Shames will hold a Women of Wisdom discussion at the Payson Public Library from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25.
It might be the jewelry or perhaps the bronzes and other sculpture pieces or the glass works. Certainly the lighting lends a nice effect.
Get out those good, sturdy, walking shoes — the 9th Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup is coming to town.
Organizers discuss past and future of jazz series
Funny thing. Memories get cloudy. It happened last week when I sat down with Gerry Reynolds and John Shevlin to do a story about the 10th anniversary — or maybe it’s the 11th — of the Payson Jazz Concert Series. Neither was certain which anniversary the series is celebrating this year — but they agreed it was a significant one.
The work on Pine Creek Canyon Road concluded almost a year ago, but only this week did the books get closed on the project and put back on the shelf.
Forest thinning contractor wants to win over critics
Skepticism just short of hostility pervaded the atmosphere at the Payson Public Library’s meeting room Wednesday, Oct. 2, as the head of the company that just landed the biggest forest thinning contract in history faced a barrage of questions.
Fall Apple Festival and Antique Show this weekend in Pine
Apples, antiques and chili — a perfect combination for a fabulous Rim Country fall weekend.
A beautiful, antique wedding gown has found a new home at the Rim Country Museum.
Hope you caught your breath this week — you’ll need it to get through another busy weekend in the Rim Country.
Gila County will play host to at least 150 supervisors and staff Oct. 14-16 at the County Supervisors Association Legislative Summit where county officials gather to hammer out their top priorities for when the Arizona legislature reconvenes in January.
Several new events added to Fiddlers Contest
Award-winning Nashville singer/songwriter Suzy Bogguss will open the festivities of the 43rd Annual Vertielee Floyd Old Time Fiddlin’ Arizona State Championship and Acoustic Celebration this weekend.
Gila County supervisors, in a 2-1 vote, awarded Payson $43,400 in economic development funds this week over the objections of board chairman Mike Pastor, who represents the southern area of the county.
The roar of the home stand crowd, the crack of bats, the thunder of hooves, music and the smell of good food will envelop Rim Country this weekend.
We have all heard the advertisements — “If you had the chickenpox, you also have the shingles virus” — and then the subsequent advice to get a vaccine.
My mother introduced me to the magic of reading at such an early age, reading aloud to me from magazines in the doctor’s office when we visited for those infant/toddler checkups.
It’s going to be another rockin’ weekend in Rim Country, with a host of choices for fun and food.
9/11 service draws a handful whose memories run deep
Only nine people attended the Service of Hope and Remembrance of 9/11 at the Payson United Methodist Church this week. So, it became a quiet, intimate memorial for all those who died in the attacks of 2001 and for loved ones still grieving their loss.
Rim Country schools have a little more cash in the kitty now that County Schools Superintendent Linda O’Dell has gotten clearance from the Gila County Board of Supervisors to distribute federal FY 2012 forest fee funds.
Want to learn how to choose the best fish and prepare it in a healthy way? Get hooked up with the next Cookin’ for Health class at the Payson Public Library at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7 facilitated by nutrition consultant Peggy Martin.
The 59th Northern Gila County Fair bursts into the Payson Event Center this week, with rides, exhibits, concerts, livestock, art — and lots of vendors.
The 59th Northern Gila County Fair bursts into the Payson Event Center this week, with rides, exhibits, concerts, livestock, art – and lots of vendors.
After years of frustration, veterans are finally seeing their claims for benefits moving faster.
A group of dedicated residents are determined to make the Rim Country the premier area for supporting caregivers of patients with dementia in cooperation with the Alzheimer’s Association of Arizona.
One of the more unique reunions in Rim Country will take place Monday at the Landmark in Christopher Creek.
Harvest your garden’s bounty now, enjoy later
Rim Country gardens are going great guns these days, so most gardeners are harvesting hand over fist.
Payson Community Kids will perform at Sunday’s event
After 129 years, the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo finally has its own song.
Only three Rim Country residents will be competing in the 129th World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo that kicked off last night and runs through Sunday.
More expensive than dentures, but dentist says implants offer permanent solution
Waiting to replace teeth changes our faces as the bones that anchor them deteriorate.
Eddie Armer, local author, songwriter and historian, will give a presentation titled “A Slice of Arizona and Rim Country History” from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14 in the Payson Public Library meeting room, 328 N. McLane Road.
The effort to bring a four-year university to the Rim Country is getting $12,500 in economic development assistance from Gila County.
World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo starts up Thursday
The World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo gallops into town this week with nearly a week of continuous fun in the Rim Country.