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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.

Former Dunbar building to be demolished 2011.07.27

Written by David Green.

dunbarautoDemolition of the former Dunbar Auction House on North Street in Morenci is scheduled to begin Friday.

The property is now owned by the City of Morenci and will become the north segment of the parking lot rebuilding project.

City council members Monday approved the engineer’s estimate of $43,210 to create the new parking area, widen the alley on the north side of Johnson’s Hardware, and install curbing, gutters and a sidewalk. The sidewalk will be placed along the north side of the hardware store and along the back entrances of the historical society building and the Pizza Box.

The parking area will provide space for 13 vehicles and will serve apartment dwellers, shoppers and employees of area businesses.

Property north of the new parking area up to the State Line Observer office will not be developed.

The Observer will be closed Friday and Saturday during demolition. The former automotive dealership building was constructed in 1939 and likely has joists resting in the brick of the Observer office.

Former owners Minnie Green and Walter Pinkstone signed an easement in June 1939 to allow the new building to be constructed against the Observer’s wall. Furthermore, the easement gave the builders the right to make holes in the Observer wall for the insertion of joists. The easement was given in trade for a payment of $100.

Demolition firms were made aware of the possibility of the joists in the Observer wall during the bidding process. Best Demolition of Saginaw was the winning bidder.

After Shorty Yoder closed his Rambler dealership in the building, several businesses have been located there, including an automotive repair shop, an automotive parts store and a furniture refinishing shop.

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