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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.

Three finalists chosen for city administrator 2013.03.27

Written by David Green.

Morenci city council members might not have to look far to replace administrator/clerk Renée Schroeder when she retires at the end of the year. Among the final three candidates, two of them are already closely associated with Morenci city government.

Members of council’s Finance and Legal Committee (Jeff Bell, Brenda Spiess and Greg Braun) met with Schroeder on Monday to sort through 27 applications.

Interviews are scheduled April 3 with the finalists: Morenci city council member Tracy Schell, Morenci mayor Keith Pennington and Kathryn Slusher from Adrian. Three alternate candidates were also selected.

Interviews will be led by Bell and Spiess, along with police chief Larry Weeks, local business person Jennifer Blaker and Schroeder.

Committee members will make a recommendation to city council and a new administrator is expected to be hired at the April 22 council meeting.

Schroeder said no decision has been made about when the new person will begin training for the job. Schroeder said she worked for an entire year with MaryLee Hall before taking over as city clerk.

Schroeder said her initial recommendation to council was to split her job when she retires to make the clerk position separate from the administrator. However, no decision has been made yet about changing the job for the next person.

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