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    SKEWERS, gumdrops, and marshmallows are all that’s needed to create interesting shapes and designs for Layla McDowell Saturday at Stair District Library’s “Sculptamania!” Open House. The program featuring design games and materials is one part of a larger project funded by a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from Disney and the American Library Association. Additional photos are on page 7.
    Morenci marching band members took to the field Friday night dressed for Halloween during the Bulldog’s first playoff game. Morenci fans had a bit of a scare until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs scored 30 points to leave Lenawee Christian School behind. Whiteford visits Morenci this Friday for the district championship game. From the left is Clayton Borton, Morgan Merillat and James O’Brien.
    DNA PUZZLE—Mitchell Storrs and Wyatt Mohr tackle a puzzle representing the structure of DNA. There’s only one correct way for all the pieces to fit. It’s one of the new materials that can be used in both biology and chemistry classes, said teacher Loretta Cox.
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    A TRAFFIC control worker stands in the middle of Morenci’s Main Street Tuesday morning, waiting for the next flow of vehicles to be let through from the west. The dusty gravel surface was sealed with a layer of tar, leaving only the application of paint for new striping. The project was completed in conjunction with county road commission work west of Morenci.
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    JUNIORS Jazmin Smith and Trevor Corkle struggle against a team from the sophomore class Friday during the annual tug of war at the Homecoming Games pep rally. Even the seniors struggled against the sophomores who won the competition. At the main course of the day, the Bulldog football team struggled against Whiteford in a homecoming loss.
    YOUNG soccer players surived a chilly morning Saturday in Morenci’s PTO league. From the left is Emma Cordts, Wayne Corser, Carter and Levi Seitz, Briella York and Drew Joughin. Two more weeks of soccer remain for this season.
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    BOWEN BAUMGARTNER of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge constructed by the Tecumseh Boy Scout troop Sunday at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The bridge was one of many challenges, displays and games set up for the annual Youth Jamboree by the Michigan DNR. Additional photos on are the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    One of four senior candidates will be crowned the fall homecoming queen during half-time of this week’s Morenci-Whiteford football game. In the back row (left to right) is exchange student Kinga Vidor (her escort will be Caylob Alcock), seniors Alli VanBrandt (escorted by Sam Cool), Larissa Elliott (escorted by Clayton Borton), Samantha Wright (escorted by JJ Elarton) and Justis McCowan (escorted by Austin Gilson), and exchange student Rebecca Rosenberger (escorted by Garrett Smith). Front row freshman court member Allie Kaiser (escorted by Anthony Thomas), sophomore Marlee Blaker (escorted by Nate Elarton) and junior Cheyenne Stone (escorted by Dominick Sell).
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    GETTING READY—Jerad Gleckler pounds nails to secure a string of holiday lights on the side of the Wakefield Park concession stand while other members of the Volunteer Club and others hold them in place. The volunteers showed up Sunday afternoon to string lights at the park. The decorating project will continue this Sunday. Denise Walsh is in charge of the effort this year.

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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