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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.

Fulton 4-H awards presented 2012.12.05

Written by David Green.

Several Fulton County 4-H leaders were honored Nov. 18 at the annual Advisor Recognition Banquet. Advisors who achieved five, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of volunteer service were recognized for their efforts.

30 Years: Herb Harris and Nancy Krieger.

25 Years: Becky Ehrsam and Ron Ehrsam.

20 Years: Ann Lee, Denny Reckner, Terra Riegsecker, Laurie Rufenacht, Matthew Rufenacht, Kimberly Smallman, Peggy Smith and Jon Strauss.

15 Years: Christina Holland, Catherine King, Jean Kovar, Terry Kovar, Brittanie Ledyard, Catherine Mielke, Carma Miller West, Shelly Morrin, Pat Schroeder and Christina Seiler.

10 Years:  Jessica Double, Kyle Link, Bridgett Miller and Mary Mohler.

Five Years: John Alexander, Sarah Alexander, Tabitha Bergstedt, Jayson Blaylock, Kisha Genter, Bruce Holland, Allyssa Lane, Melissa O’Neil, Craig Pember, Karen Pennington, Kylie Reckner, Leah Schrock, Susan Starr, Christina Stuckey and Mark Stuckey.

Honors and awards were presented to 4-H clubs for their participation in community service and for achieving “Honor Club” status.  To be selected as a 4-H Honor Club, a club must perform community service in the Fulton County area and acquire 125 minimum points earned through participation in various 4-H events and activities throughout the year.

All the Fulton County 4-H clubs participate in community service including beautification projects, recycling and roadside cleanups. Fund-raisers are also conducted with the proceeds donated to various charitable organizations and benefits.

The 2012 Outstanding Community Service Clubs and their head advisors are Country Achievers, Nancy Krieger; Goats and “Udder” Things, Linda Bollinger; Hoppin’ & Trottin’, Kim Baker; Nifty 4-H’ers, Joan Rubel; Pike X-L, Jim Savage; Roamin’ Country Raisers, Etc., Ann Kirkum and Shelly Morrin; and Young Frontiers, Vickie Barber.

This year's Outstanding 4-H Alumni are Ann Kirkum, Kelly and Vickie Barber, and Randy Shumaker. 

The Outstanding Friends of 4-H—community members and partners who either directly or indirectly support 4-H with their time, resources or both—are Huntington Bank, represented by Ellen Rohrs and AJ Genter; and Alan and Nancy Garrow.

Huntington Bank has provided monetary support for 4-H and participated in the Outstanding Record Keepers Contest for the past 18 years.

The Garrows have served as head advisors of the Junior Fair Board for the past 12 years. As advisors, they have encouraged youths and supported the Junior Fair and 4-H program in Fulton County. Over the past years, they have shaped many young people into hard working, responsible, and devoted leaders in their current endeavors.

In addition, Alan served as a Senior Fair Director for 14 years. During that time he was assigned several different species at the fair and was assigned to the livestock sale committee. Even though they are retiring from the Fair Board this year, it was stated at the banquet that the difference they made will continue to show in the lives of the past members for years to come. 

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