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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 seeks tax abatement 9.17

Written by David Green.

Morenci’s General Broach company seeks a tax abatement on $852,000 worth of equipment. A hearing is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Monday before the start of the city council meeting.

Two sets of equipment are included in the purchase, explained plant manager Larry Stover. One is an upgrade on existing equipment; the other replaces older machinery.

The upgrade is described as retro-fitting  existing CNC equipment to allow the company to remain competitive in the automotive field—an area where manufacturers are looking harder and harder for ways to save cash in the troubled American industry.

Stover hopes this will allow General Broach to maintain its existing capacity while aggressively seeking new customers.

The new form grinder will create cutting tools for use in the aerospace industry. The tools are used by other manufacturers to produce high pressure turbine disks for jet engines—both commercial and military.

Stover said the company intends to broaden its customer base in Europe and Asia. The plant has been audited by representatives from Japan, Germany and France, and tools have been designed and are being manufactured that will go to an aerospace company in Turkey. Representatives from India are also making plans for a visit in October.

Stover expects some growth in employment when new contracts are developed, but it’s a slow process.

“It’s a major step for these companies,” he said. “They want to make sure they’re doing the right thing.”

The new equipment required an 11-month lead time before installation, and it’s now been in operation for two months, running on two shifts.

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