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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.

Jim Mynhier dies in accident 08.18.2010

Written by David Green.

A serious accident at the intersection of Morenci Road and Munson Highway occurred Wednesday morning, the second crash at that location in less than a month. As in the July 15 incident, the collision Wednesday was caused by the failure to observe a stop sign.

Rural Fayette resident Jim Mynhier, 52, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Mynhier was a passenger in a westbound 2001 GMC pickup driven by Cris Johnson, 36, of rural Fayette. A 2008  26-foot box Kenworth delivery truck was southbound on Munson Highway and failed to stop at the intersection.

According to Michigan State Police Trooper Bill Strouse, Johnson apparently saw the truck entering the intersection and swerved into the south lane in an attempt to avoid contact.

The pickup slammed into the front corner of the delivery truck, then instantly side-slapped the truck and ended up facing south on the roadway.

Richard Perry, 65, driver of the delivery truck, escaped injury due to the height of the truck cab, Trooper Strouse said. Perry had just finished making a delivery of farm chemicals to Munson Agri-Services and was driving south out of Munson.

Perry works for the Bowling Green branch of Helena Chemical Company.

Johnson was transported by ambulance to Toledo Hospital where he was listed in stable condition. Life Flight medical helicopter personnel worked at the scene in an effort to save Mynhier’s life. The accident was reported at 9:50 a.m. Aug. 11.

Perry will be cited in the accident after a prosecuting attorney determines the charge.

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