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    SKEWERS, gumdrops, and marshmallows are all that’s needed to create interesting shapes and designs for Layla McDowell Saturday at Stair District Library’s “Sculptamania!” Open House. The program featuring design games and materials is one part of a larger project funded by a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from Disney and the American Library Association. Additional photos are on page 7.
    Morenci marching band members took to the field Friday night dressed for Halloween during the Bulldog’s first playoff game. Morenci fans had a bit of a scare until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs scored 30 points to leave Lenawee Christian School behind. Whiteford visits Morenci this Friday for the district championship game. From the left is Clayton Borton, Morgan Merillat and James O’Brien.
    DNA PUZZLE—Mitchell Storrs and Wyatt Mohr tackle a puzzle representing the structure of DNA. There’s only one correct way for all the pieces to fit. It’s one of the new materials that can be used in both biology and chemistry classes, said teacher Loretta Cox.
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    A TRAFFIC control worker stands in the middle of Morenci’s Main Street Tuesday morning, waiting for the next flow of vehicles to be let through from the west. The dusty gravel surface was sealed with a layer of tar, leaving only the application of paint for new striping. The project was completed in conjunction with county road commission work west of Morenci.
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    JUNIORS Jazmin Smith and Trevor Corkle struggle against a team from the sophomore class Friday during the annual tug of war at the Homecoming Games pep rally. Even the seniors struggled against the sophomores who won the competition. At the main course of the day, the Bulldog football team struggled against Whiteford in a homecoming loss.
    YOUNG soccer players surived a chilly morning Saturday in Morenci’s PTO league. From the left is Emma Cordts, Wayne Corser, Carter and Levi Seitz, Briella York and Drew Joughin. Two more weeks of soccer remain for this season.
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    BOWEN BAUMGARTNER of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge constructed by the Tecumseh Boy Scout troop Sunday at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The bridge was one of many challenges, displays and games set up for the annual Youth Jamboree by the Michigan DNR. Additional photos on are the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    One of four senior candidates will be crowned the fall homecoming queen during half-time of this week’s Morenci-Whiteford football game. In the back row (left to right) is exchange student Kinga Vidor (her escort will be Caylob Alcock), seniors Alli VanBrandt (escorted by Sam Cool), Larissa Elliott (escorted by Clayton Borton), Samantha Wright (escorted by JJ Elarton) and Justis McCowan (escorted by Austin Gilson), and exchange student Rebecca Rosenberger (escorted by Garrett Smith). Front row freshman court member Allie Kaiser (escorted by Anthony Thomas), sophomore Marlee Blaker (escorted by Nate Elarton) and junior Cheyenne Stone (escorted by Dominick Sell).
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    GETTING READY—Jerad Gleckler pounds nails to secure a string of holiday lights on the side of the Wakefield Park concession stand while other members of the Volunteer Club and others hold them in place. The volunteers showed up Sunday afternoon to string lights at the park. The decorating project will continue this Sunday. Denise Walsh is in charge of the effort this year.

Ashley Joughin to join Morenci school staff 8.05.09

Written by David Green.


A Morenci graduate will return to the classroom this year to serve as a mathematics teacher.

Ashley (Garrow) Joughin was hired at the Monday board of education meeting as a part-time/full-time Morenci Middle School teacher.

Joughin understands the district’s precarious financial situation, superintendent Kyle Griffith said, and knows that mid-year staff cuts are a possibility.

Schedules are still being juggled for the year, he said, and it’s not yet known if Joughin will start off in a full-time position.

State funding levels are still unclear, he said, and could force the board to cut staff before the next school year ends. Funding is likely to get worse before it shows a recovery, Griffith said.

Joughin completed her student teaching in Morenci and received high recommendations.

LEAVE—A leave of absence request by bus driver Lisa Love was denied by board members. Love requested a year off.

Board member Phil McCaskey said the Personnel Committee was opposed to rehiring a laid-off driver for a year and then laying the person off again.

BIDS—Milk and fuel bids for the 2009-10 school year were approved.

Arps Dairy was chosen to provide half pints of two percent milk at 20 cents, one percent chocolate at 21.5 cents, skim at 19.1 cents and one percent strawberry at 21.5 cents.

Briner Oil Company will provide premium diesel fuel at $1.7135 a gallon. Lightning Quick Gas ’n Go of Morenci will sell regular gasoline at five cents off the posted price plus from one to 11 cents below the local competitor.

ATHLETICS—Revisions to the school athletic handbook were approved. Changes include the following:

• In accordance with state rules, a student who fails to receive credit in more than two classes may not be able to participate in athletics for 90 school days.

• Any student receiving a 59 or below will receive an “F” and will not be able to play the week after the “F,” but the next week of eligibility check they will be able to play in any games during that week. Eligibility is done on Thursdays. Ineligibility starts Monday and ends Sunday.

• In order to practice, an athlete must be in attendance the entire school day unless excused in advance by the administration or has a pre-scheduled doctor or dental excuse. A student will not be able to practice or play in a contest if they leave school to go home during the day and then come back for practice or the contest.

• Revised wording for the Conduct of Athletes: Participation in high school athletics is a privilege. The conduct of athletes both in school and outside of school reflects on the athletes’ team, the athletic program, and the school district. Undesirable conduct and or involvement with the law on or off school grounds, in season or out of season, could result in consequences being administered by the athletic council. These consequences could range from no action taken or to dismissal from athletics for a certain length of time.

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