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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.

Wedding: Stokesberry/Smith 2011/11/30

Written by David Green.

wedding.stokesMelissa Smith and Tommy Stokesberry of Moore, Okla., were married Sept. 10, 2011, during an outdoor ceremony on the lawn of the bride’s parents Lake Seneca home, with pastor Eric Matthews officiating.

Melissa is the daughter of Glenda and Paul Smith of Montpelier, Ohio, and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Glendening of Morenci.

Tommy is the son of Jack and the late Carol Jones of Noble, Okla.

Rachel Nivison, cousin of the bride from Pittsford, Mich., was the maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Savannah Doster, friend of the bride from Montpelier, Ohio, and Stevie Lanzer, friend of the bride from Bryan, Ohio. Savannah Stokesberry, niece of the groom from California, was flower girl.

Daniel Stokesberry, brother of the groom from Noble, Okla., served as best man. Groomsmen were Chris Stokesberry, brother of the groom from California, and Jared Jones and Wyatt Jones, brother of the groom from Noble, Okla. Devon Stokesberry, nephew of the groom of Noble, Okla., was ring bearer.

Ushers were Tyler Smith, brother of the bride from Reading, Mich.; Gary Glendening, uncle of the bride from Cottonwood, Ariz.; and Rick Nivison, uncle of the bride from Pittsford, Mich.

The flowers that decorated the ceremony path were provided by Penny Nivison, aunt of the bride. 

A reception followed the ceremony at the Lake Seneca Lodge.

The bride is a 2004 graduate of North Central High School. She earned an associate’s degree in program administration from Northwest State Community College. She is employed as a patient coordinator at Leadership Square Eye Care in Oklahoma City, Okla.

The groom is a 2004 graduate of Noble High School and is employed as a new construction plumber and pipe fitter apprentice. He is currently attending an apprenticeship program to become a union journeyman.

After a honeymoon trip to a resort in Jamaica, the couple has made their home in Moore, Okla.

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