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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 Methodist members observe 175th anniversary 2011.06.29

Written by David Green.

methodist.ring_itOne hundred and seventy-five peals of the church bell were heard Sunday morning at Morenci United Methodist when worshippers met to celebrate the church’s 175th anniversary.

Historical displays, an ice cream social and other events marked the weekend observance of the church that started in a log school house in 1836.

The Bean Creek Mission met two miles north of Morenci on Simon Wilson’s property, and a few years later baptisms were held in Silver Creek.

The first Union Sunday School was organized in Morenci in 1850 and a year later land was purchased where the church now stands for construction of small wood frame church.

Due to overcrowding, the decision was made in 1910 to construct the building now in use, at a cost of $20,000. That was in 1914, and the following year a pipe organ was installed that remained in use until 1974 when it was replaced by an electronic organ.

During its 175 years, the church has been served by 64 pastors. Some stayed only months, and others for many years.  One pastor was blind, one played the marimba, the son of one fell out of the upstairs parsonage window and broke his arm, and one helped start the Morenci Sportsman Club, which first met at the church.

Many people have added to the rich heritage passed down to the present congregation and  some of the names of the those early members still sound familiar, such as Wilson, Atwood, Wakefield, Osgood, Holt, Shapley, Reed, Cawley, Baldwin, Barker, Ranger, Salisbury, Coomer and Smalley.

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