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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.

Seneca Twp. board votes to enforce permit 2009.09.30

Written by David Green.

Seneca Township board members voted 3-2 Sept. 14 to enforce a special use permit for a child care center.

Allison Ott, Marie Meinke and Don  Emmons voted in favor of enforcing the permit, while John Gould and Chris White were opposed.

A special use permit was approved by the planning commission Aug. 3 for Dayna Cordts to operate a child care facility in an area zoned for residential use.

The permit requires the erection of a fence around a 5,000 square foot area. If Cordts does not comply, the situation will be reported to state child care licensing officials.

Cordts said later she will continue fighting the requirement since the township zoning ordinances don’t mention the word fence for child care facilities. The requirement calls for the property to be “screened” from adjacent lots.

TAX COLLECTION—Board members learned that Sand Creek Telephone Company will provide a temporary DLS internet connection at the township hall from Dec. 1 to March 31 for tax collection and for the board of review.

In the past, tax payments have been received at the treasurer’s home. With the DSL line at the township hall, the treasurer will be able to connect with the county’s tax records. Use of the county system now mandated, Ott said.

The connection will allow the treasurer, Meinke, to see what is owed, record payments and give receipts—all instantly recorded on the county database.

Tax collections at the township hall are scheduled from Dec. 26 to Feb. 16. Additional dates will be determined.

PLANNERS—White and planning commission member John Martinez were to attend a zoning workshop Sept. 23, presented by the Region 2 Planning Commission.

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