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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.

2012.04.11 Sue Wilson: Remembering Clark Gas

Written by David Green.

The pictures of Clark Gas and Lighting brought back memories.

My dad, Wells Collar worked for Clark’s Gas Heating and Lighting. It was located west of where the Video Connection was.

I don’t know when he started there, but he retired from there in 1946 or 1947. He and another man (Jason Carncross) used to install underground tanks for the gas. Some of the older homes here probably still have the old gas lines in the walls, and maybe the tanks are still in the ground.

I don’t know what all his jobs were, but I remember in the winter, going on Sunday afternoons with him while he checked on the heat in the buildings.

I don’t know anything about how the gas was produced, but Mr. Clark used to sit at a desk in the front of the building that faced Main Street. After Clark’s went out of business, the buildings were sold and a factory went in. Eventually they had a fire and the front building (or buildings) burned. I believe what is left of the place belongs to Walkers now.

– Sue Wilson

Washington Street, Morenci

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