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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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    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.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

Carol Newcomer retires from Waldron library post 2012.12.05

Written by David Green.

carol newcomerWaldron’s library director will close out a 20-year career at the end of the month, but first she will be honored at a retirement open house Sunday afternoon.

Carol Newcomer joined the Waldron District Library Board in 1991—an exciting time in the library’s history. She was part of the effort to secure a location for a new library on Main Street and helped plan the facility.

In December 1992, while the library was still located in the old bus garage on Center Street, Carol was hired to serve as director. 

She was in charge during the era when computers found their place in libraries. Carol implemented the new technology and taught others how to use it. In 2005, she led a successful conversion from the card catalog to the fully computerized system. 

The library developed in many ways during her tenure, including the number of patrons. During the year before the new library opened, records show there were 2,508 visitors and 5,832 items checked out. During the past year, attendance had risen to 10,622 and circulation reached 14,698.

Carol, a rural Morenci resident, will wrap up 20 years with the Waldron library on Dec. 31, however, patrons will likely still spot her from time to time. She plans to compile and catalog local history to improve resources for people interested in genealogy and learning about Waldron’s past.

One patron described Carol this way: an easy smile, a helpful attitude and a wealth of knowledge.

In her retirement, Carol intends to spend more time with her children, grandchildren, parents, and her husband, Mike Cox. She will also continue church activities where she teaches Sunday School and leads a mid-week Ladies’ Bible Study.

 Beth Taylor from Lake Seneca was chosen to serve as the next director. She has been training with Carol for the last two months to learn as much as possible about the job.

Carol’s retirement open house is scheduled from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the Waldron school cafeteria. In addition to refreshments, a performance by The Unforgettables is planned at 2:30. The a capella  women’s trio specializes in songs from the 1930s to the 1960s.

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