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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.

Census vs. American Comm. Survey 9.02.09

Written by David Green.

When the census workers come calling next year, should you hold your tongue or turn over the information requested?

Some politicians and cable news figures have advised citizens to tell nothing more than the number of people in the household and ignore any other questions.

Because answering census questions is required by law, citizens might not want to heed the advice of those saying to remain quiet.

There’s some confusion about the U.S. Census due to a change that started in 2005. The official 10-year census now uses only a short form.

However, in the last four years a longer form called the American Community Survey (ACS) has been mailed to about one in 480 addresses every month. The ACS takes the place of the long-form census that a portion of the population used to receive during the decennial census. The ACS was enacted so communities could receive data about local needs without having to wait 10 years.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, ignoring the ACS can hurt a community’s chances to receive federal and state funding. Funding is often based on population size and housing numbers. When residents fail to provide that information, up-to-date data is not available.

If residents don’t respond to the ACS within six weeks, a Census Bureau staff member attempts to contact the household by telephone. If necessary, a representative will attempt an in-person interview, driving up the cost of the census.

The U.S. Census Bureau claims the ACS is “technically, part of the decennial census...and as such, its legal authority derives from the same statutes that authorize the census.” This, says the Census Bureau, makes response mandatory.

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