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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.

Auction planned for Fayette school items 9.24

Written by David Green.

In the market for a commercial meat grinder? How about a three-story hydraulic elevator or a public address system?

While items such as those don’t fit the needs of most households, there are plenty of other more common goods that will be available Oct. 3 and 4 when items from Fayette’s two old school buildings are offered for sale.

Items from the Franklin building will be sold at the school on St. Rt. 66 beginning at 5 p.m. Oct. 3. The sale will move to the main building in town at 10 a.m. Oct. 4. Jerry Schaffner of Fayette will serve as auctioneer.

Many materials were transferred from the old buildings to the new, but the construction project covered the cost of many replacements, such as desks, chairs, cafeteria tables, lockers and storage cabinets and shelves.

Items of that sort will join an array of electronics, kitchen appliances, window air conditioners, basketball backboards and shop equipment.

The sale will also include materials from the schools’ mechanical systems, such as water heaters, a boiler and gas furnace.

Interior doors are on the auction list, but exterior doors and windows will be left in place due to safety concerns, said superintendent of schools Russ Griggs.

The company chosen for the demolition will have all salvage rights, he said, and will collect the remaining metals in the school, such as copper water lines.

Five bids for demolition were received, but bid opening was rescheduled for this week due to the need for clarification in the specifications.

Removal of hazardous materials is complete at a cost of $13,700, Griggs said, much lower than what was budgeted.

Griggs said that Schaffner and a team of volunteers went through the two school buildings to catalogue the items for the sale. Most items will be placed in the gymnasiums for the auction.

A list of sale items is published in this week’s Observer.

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