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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.

General Broach granted tax break 11.14

Written by David Green.

There’s no end in sight for General Broach Company’s growth due to the firm’s affiliation with aeronautics. A standard 12-year tax abatement granted Monday by the Morenci city council will help the company’s expansion continue.

“We feel very fortunate,” said plant manager Larry Stover. “We’ve added 17 new jobs in 2007.”

Stover said the company has solid contracts with some U.S. firms and inquiries are coming in from overseas companies.

“We see the need for more equipment and more people to make that happen,” he said.

In response from an audience question, council member Keith Pennington explained that the exemption reduces the company’s taxes on the new equipment specified by 50 percent.

The purchase still represents an increase in tax revenue for the city, but it also benefits the company in its need to buy new equipment.

“We’re growing so fast we’ve got growing pangs,” said Mark Miller of General Broach.

Aviation is now the bulk of the company’s business, he said, taking over from automotive.

Stover said the company is currently operating between 20 and 22 hours a day, depending on the work done, and he wants to go to a full 24 hours with a third shift to meet demands.

He expects to add five new jobs by the end of the year. The tax abatement application calls for an increase of 10 jobs related to the new equipment, but Miller believes that figure is on the low side.

The abatement is for new and used equipment valued at $1.76 million. The existing workforce stands at 74 people, with an annual payroll of $2.7 million.

Councilors approved the abatement by a 6-0 vote, with Jason Bryant absent.

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