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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.

Roth Fabricating having trouble with truck traffic 11.11.09

Written by David Green.

Costs are mounting for the owners of Morenci’s Roth Fabricating as problems with truck drivers serving Palm Plastics continue.

City council members became aware of the problem in September when Roth co-owner Shane Sarnac explained that semis are being driven east on Skyline Drive in the industrial park as truckers expect to find a place to turn around before taking on loads at Palm Plastics.

Truckers are using Roth’s property at the end of Skyline to turn.

As of Monday, Roth has spent $2,500 to repair a pickup truck that was damaged by a semi and $3,250 to repair another company truck.

Their mailbox was destroyed, along with poles that were erected to block traffic. The company has also paid for reseeding grass where trucks have driven.

Roth owners are also concerned about the gravel drive that wasn’t constructed to support the weight of semis and trailers.

Sarnac said he wasn’t attending to the council meeting to blame Palm Plastics because he understands that Palm has no control over the truckers.

Sarnac suggested that the owner of the Palm Plastics property could install a drive along the east side of the building to create a loop for truckers. As an alternative, the city could construct a turn-around loop at the east end of Skyline.

The cost of looping around Palm would include an expensive curb cut, said Terry Brandl, Palm Plastics CEO, and the property owner prefers to amortize the cost into Palm’s lease payment.

Brandl asked if there was any other place in Morenci to stage trailers, where a drive comes in with an empty trailer and picks up a full one.

Keith Pennington, who still served as a council member at the meeting, said he didn’t believe the city had an obligation to provide a staging area.

Sarnac suggested construction of a gravel road by the city.

“It’s not the best thing,” he said, “but it might alleviate some problems. I just want council to understand there are issues here. We’re inviting businesses in, but then putting them in a corner.”

City supervisor Barney Vanderpool noted that installing a temporary road would leave the city with an expensive curb cuts in the industrial park. The road would later have to be taken out to install utilities and drainage.

Morenci police have ticketed illegally parked trailers on Skyline and no trailers were on the road Monday. Police chief Larry Weeks hopes that the visibility created by the absence of trailers will alert truckers that no turn-around is available at the east end of the road.

City administrator-clerk Renée Schroeder contacted state development officials about a grant for construction of a turn-around. She learned that funds would not be given because Palm has not added jobs or equipment at the site. When financing was unavailable for expansion in Morenci, the company moved into a vacant building in Bowling Green, Ohio.

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