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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.

Morenci's parking lot project will get messy 2011.07.13

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

There’s no way around it, says Morenci mayor Keith Pennington: It’s going to be inconvenient.

The city’s parking lot rebuilding project will begin Monday and it will cause some problems for store owners and customers.

That’s how it was a few years ago when Main Street was rebuilt.

“Please be patient with the construction inconveniences,” Pennington said last week. “Just like the reconstruction of Main Street a few years ago, it will be inconvenient but when finished it will be a great improvement to our downtown.”

The mayor expects construction equipment to be moved into the area Thursday, and come Monday, it’s going to get loud as the old asphalt surface is milled down by grinders.

The alley next to Milestones that leads to city hall will be closed during the duration of the construction period. The contract calls for completion of the project by Oct 28, but by tackling Baker and Orchard streets, along with the two parking areas south of Main Street during the same time period, the contractor expects to wrap up construction by Labor Day.

“Some parking will be maintained in the south lots during construction,“ Pennington said. “However, parking areas will be temporary and moved from day to day as construction proceeds.”

Pennington urges those who are able to walk from a distance to park further away—such as the city’s lot north of Borchardt Brothers—and save the prime Main Street spots for those who aren’t able to take a longer walk.

“It is also important to make an extra effort to patronize those businesses on the south side of Main Street so as to minimize the loss in revenue they may experience during construction,” the mayor said.

The bank drive-through is expected to remain open throughout the project.

Pennington said to expect additional noise and dust starting July 25 when a pile of concrete at the former lumberyard on Main Street will be crushed for use as a base for the parking lot. Existing curbing, sidewalk and road base removed during construction will also be crushed for recycling.

That process should last about a week.

The city is now the owner of the former Dunbar Auction property on North Street that will be demolished to create parking space next to Johnson’s Hardware and behind Main Street apartments.

“The City is still reviewing options to see if the parking lot can be completed this year on the North Street property,” Pennington said.

Several business owners on the south side of Main Street have not yet returned easement agreements to city hall, the mayor said. Without the easements, the city will be forced to limit work to city property only.

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