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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.

Michigan Gas Utilities announced price increase 1.21.09

Written by David Green.

Citing inflationary increased costs over the past five (5) years, Michigan Gas Utilities Corporation (MGUC), a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group (NYSE: TEG), today received approval to increase gas delivery rates.  The increase was approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC), and will become effective tomorrow, January 14, 2009.  The new rates result in a monthly increase of about $2 for the typical residential customer.


“Due to inflation, our costs have risen over the past five years, so we need this increase to recover those increased costs,” said MGUC President Chuck Cloninger.  “We are sensitive to our customers’ frustration at energy costs, and we have held the increase to a minimum,” he added.


The rate increase is only related with the delivery of the natural gas commodity, which makes up about 21-percent of the total bill for a typical residential customer.  The Gas Cost Recovery (GCR) Charge on customer bills is not affected by this rate request, and MGUC does not profit from GCR costs.  It simply passes the GCR costs through to customers with the oversight of the MPSC.  


“We do have some good news to pass along,” said Cloninger.  “The GCR began the month of January 30% lower than it was in November and December.  This is a significant decrease, since the GCR is the largest portion of the bill.”

 

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