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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.

Vernier, Jackie

Written by David Green.

Jackie L. Vernier, 74, of Peoria, Ill., died July 26, 2012, at his residence.

He was born Sept. 17, 1937, in Waldron, Mich., to Rex and Rosie Schoonover Vernier.  He married Janette L. King on Dec. 2, 1955, in Morenci, Mich.

Jackie served as a member of the Michigan National Guard.

He received his bachelor of theology from Olivet Nazarene University, in Bourbonnais, Ill.,  and served as a minister in Eufaula, Okla., and Baxter Springs, Kansas, and served as an interim pastor in several central Illinois churches.

After retiring from the ministry, he moved to Maple Lawn Homes in Eureka, Ill., and worked as head of maintenance.

He later worked for the Association for the Developmentally Disabled of Woodford County (ADDWC) in Eureka where he found, after the ministry, his greatest joy in serving others.

Jackie is survived by his wife, Janette; his children, Crystal (and Howard) Love of Peoria, Heights, Ill., Nick (and Kay) Vernier of Mounds, Okla., Saundra Griffis of Bethany, Okla., Debra Schaffner of Peoria Heights, Ill., Mitchell (and Shelley) Vernier of Colorado Springs, Col.; his grandsons, Jeffery Love, Travis Vernier, Troy Vernier, Matthew Griffis, Isaac Griffis, Drew Schaffner and Derek Schaffner; his granddaughters, Stacie Vernier, Hannah Griffis, Rachel Griffis, Alyssa Vernier and Jessica Vernier; his great-grandson, Bently Vernier;  his brothers, Duane (and Janet) Vernier of Bethany, Okla., Devon (and Ginny) Vernier of Morenci, Mich.; his sister, Darlene King, of Bryan, Ohio; close family friend, Vicky Craig, and her daughter, Heather.

He was preceded in death by his parents and step-father, Kenneth Punches.

Services are planned July 31, 2012, at Peoria First Church of the Nazarene, in Peoria, Ill., with Pastor Jim Book officiating.  Visitation is planned from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday, July 30, at Peoria First Church of the Nazarene, and one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday morning. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.

Memorials are suggested to Peoria Christian School, 3506 N. California Ave., Peoria, IL 61603 or ADDWC, 200 Moody Street, Eureka, IL 61530.

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