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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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    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.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

DH Holdings has questions about Fayette school demolition project 5.28.09

Written by David Green.

Fayette Local School District’s legal firm recently addressed a pair of concerns lodged by the firm representing DH Holdings, the company charged with cleaning up pollution from the former Fayette Tubular Products.

David Nunn of the Eastman and Smith legal firm responded to a question from DH Holdings regarding the removal of underground storage tanks at the former high school site.

Nunn quoted the Settlement Agreement between DH Holdings and the school that calls for “surface demolition...of all of the buildings located on the property.” No provision was made for the removal of storage tanks which may or may not be present, Nunn wrote.

He added that the demolition contractors were unable to verify the presence of a fuel tank despite searching in a likely location.

DH also questioned the presence of asphalt parking lots, but Nunn pointed out that the Declaration of Restrictions does not forbid parking on the property nor does it call for the removal of residual asphalt.

Nunn stated the board will continue to use April 21, 2009 as the starting date for DH Holdings’ one-year option to buy the former school property.

Nunn told DH’s law firm that the school board appreciates the company’s cooperation in the school contamination issue.

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