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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.

Sen. Caswell makes progress with Driver Responsibility Program 2011.12.07

Written by David Green.

State Senator Bruce Caswell finally made progress this year in his continuing effort to repeal the Driver Responsibility Program.

The act was passed in 2003 in an effort to bring in funds to help balance the state budget. The hidden tax tacked on additional fees for violators of various driving laws.

Last week the Michigan Senate passed the final version of Senate Bill 166, legislation introduced by Sen. Caswell to repeal portions of the Driver Responsibility Program. Caswell’s bill eliminates all the $150 and $200 fees in the Driver Responsibility Program.  These fees include violations for driving without a valid license or proper endorsement, driving with an expired license, and driving without insurance or proof of insurance.

 “Since 2003, I have worked to eliminate the draconian Driver Responsibility program,” Caswell said. “Today, we have taken a giant first step to eliminate this terrible law. This program was created as an alleged ‘quick and easy’ fix to the state’s budget problems, but it failed to generate the money promised.”

 Senate Bill 166 now heads to the desk of Governor Rick Snyder for his approval.

 “I appreciate the help and support of the Senate, House of Representatives, and the Governor in taking this first step to eliminate the Driver Responsibility Program and I look forward to working with them as I introduce further legislation on this issue in the near future,” Caswell said.  “While we have more work to do to eliminate the program completely in the future, Senate Bill 166 has moved us closer to that ultimate point.”

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