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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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    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.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

2013.03.13 Lanny Simpkins: Lack of respect shown at war memorial

Written by David Green.

Saturday was such a nice day and after being cooped up in the house for almost two months and since I didn’t have to go to Adrian for radiation treatments, I decided to walk to the park.

When I got there I walked over to the guns and memorial stone and was shocked at what I found. Someone, old or young, I’m betting it was kids, tore the west bench right off of the big stone.

Every year for the last 10 or 15 years I have gone down and pressure washed the stone and the area. I have painted the guns at least four times to keep them looking good. The Garden Club plants flowers in the big flower pot. George Dilworth donated tires for the guns, to keep them looking good. All of this for what?

We have people in this town who have no respect for anything, not even themselves. All those young men and women who lost their lives for which the stone represents and to have someone do this to it. The worst part is there probably won’t be a thing done to try to find who did it. They have no idea what those young people went through so we can have a park to even put the memorial for them in.

I’m wondering if what I’m going through is even worth it when we are living with people like this who have no respect.

– Lanny Simpkins

North Street, Morenci

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