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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.

Seneca Twp. tax bills are incorrect 12.04.08

Written by David Green.

Seneca Township residents might not want to hurry to pay their winter tax bill this year, because the statements are not correct.

The deadline for payment isn’t until Feb. 17, said township supervisor Kiel Plummer, but he doesn’t know when the new bills will be printed by the county.

There are two problems with the tax statements, he said.

The first relates to the road and bridge maintenance levy passed by voters in the August primary election.

There’s a question about how the ballot language was perceived, Plummer said, and that could make a difference in the funds the township receives.

The state’s Headlee Amendment limits the actual taxes levied. Because the state considered the levy a renewal, the township would receive only 1.9220 mills instead of the 2.0 mills.

The problem, Plummer said, resulted from an ambiguous statement made by the attorney general’s office.

The county prosecutor and the township attorney are working on a resolution of the issue.

“How soon it will be straightened out, I don’t know,” Plummer said. “Whether or not the road and bridge issue is resolved in our favor, the ALS assessment has increased.”

That’s the second problem with the tax statement. Seneca joined Morenci and Medina Township in approving an increase in the ALS assessment, but the tax bill lists the old fee of $75 instead of the new fee of $82.50.

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