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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.

Doris Powell remembers her 50 years of bowling 4.9

Written by David Green.

The first time Doris Powell traveled to the annual national bowling tournament was a momentous one.

The year was 1968 and the gals were flying to San Antonio.

“The five of us who went were the five scaredest kids you ever saw,” Doris said.

People didn’t hop on planes back then the way they do now, so it was a unique experience for the group.

“It wasn’t too bad,” Doris said. “After we got over our jitters, it went all right, except the landing was rough.”

She has the idea that perhaps the plane was about to overshoot the end of the runway and the pilot had to slow things down quickly. Passengers were bouncing around in their seats, food trays were flying out of the galley.

Back in those days, Doris said, pilots opened the doors and stood by as the passengers departed.

“I’ve got a question,” Doris said to her pilot. “Did you read the directions before you started this morning?”

That’s Doris.

San Antonio marked the first of 40 trips for Doris.

“I’ve been to each end of the country and from north to south,” she said.

She’s the only Morenci representative who’s made it to all 40 tournaments, so she’s had a mix of fellow travelers over the years—and they’ve always had a great time.

“We seem to have a little experience like that airplane thing on every trip,” Doris said.

She figures she’s traveled to tournament by about every means of transportation but bicycle and motorcycle.

One year there were five teams heading for the event in Hartford, Conn., and she arranged for a Short Ways Line bus.

The deal was made before Doris added, “There’s one stipulation. Our driver has to be Shorty Bachelder.”

The Short Ways representative balked, but Doris reined her in.

“He will be our driver or we won’t rent your bus.”

She got her way. Morenci’s Short Ways man was at the wheel.

“We just had so much fun on those trips,” she recalls.

But those tournament trips are all over for Doris. When she went to the United States Bowling Congress tournament in Charlotte, N.C., last year, that was her final year of competing...

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