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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.

Relatives meet in Iraq 1.21.09

Written by David Green.

Two members of the Bach family are only about 50 miles apart, but that can be a long distance in Iraq. They got together for a brief reunion over the summer.

1Lt Clark Neal, the son of the former Mary Bach, is in the Active Army Reserve as a combat engineer.  He went with his unit, the 926th Engineering Brigade, from Montgomery, Ala., to Iraq in April 2008.

Clark serves as aide-de-camp to the unit commander, Brigadier General Jeffrey Talley, at Camp Liberty in Baghdad.

Clark’s unit is engaged in rebuilding Sadr City with repairs to schools, medical clinics, sewage treatment facilities, etc.

Gena Sproul, daughter of Jerry and Lucy Bach of Morenci, is a Chief Yeoman with the Navy Seabees (Reserve). Her Pennsylvania unit was sent to Balad in June 2008.

Last summer Clark accompanied Gen. Talley on a helicopter ride to Balad for a ceremony and Gena was in charge of the welcoming committee. The aunt and nephew were able to spend a few hours together before the general headed back to Baghdad.

Clark’s mother, Mary, said both soldiers keep in touch with family members fairly regularly. Gena is able to telephone for free, although there is a time limit.  Clark uses a phone card.

“Reception is pretty good with a lag time of only a few seconds,” Mary said.  “The time difference for e-mail is roughly seven hours, so when it is 3:00 p.m. EST they are (hopefully) in bed.”

She said that 12 to 16 hour days are typical for support staff and they are required to wear their weapon and carry a lot of the gear that those “outside the fence” are required to carry.

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