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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.

Morenci city council OKs demolition bid 02.23.2011

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Morenci city council turned to a firm from Ludington, Mich., to handle the demolition of the former Grange Hall and the abandoned residence to the south.

Among eight bids received, council went with the low bid of $25,000 from Smalley Construction to demolish two Orchard Street buildings.

Bids ranged as high as $62,500, a fact that caused councilor Leasa Slocum to ask why such a discrepancy exists.

Mayor Keith Pennington said the company was researched to make sure it was adequate to get the job done appropriately.

City supervisor Barney Vanderpool said Smalley Construction has its own in-house asbestos processing equipment. He believes that could make a difference in the bid prices.

Weather permitting, said city adminstrator/clerk Renée Schroeder, she expects demolition to be complete by the end of March. Final grading and seeding would depend on weather conditions.

The Grange Hall was constructed in 1923 and has been used for a variety of uses including a community center and dance instruction facility. The residence to the south had been rented by Van Havel Homes.

The demolition will allow Orchard Street to be widened in conjunction with the parking lot rehabilitation and expansion project. The $761,000 project includes CDBG infrastructure improvement grant of nearly $600,000.

GRANTS—The Morenci Fire Department is in line for $3,050 grant through the Michigan DNR for the purchase of brush fire masks, two radios and a replacement for the portable pump used on the Ranger vehicle. The department is required to make a 50 percent match.

The department will also receive a Public Safety Interoperability Communications grant to upgrade radios. The department will contribute 25 percent of the nearly $8,000 cost.

The radio upgrade project has been in the works for about five years, said fire chief Chad Schisler.

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