The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.
CARDIO DRUMMING is the latest craze sweeping through Morenci. The exercise routine started with a conversation between two residents and ballooned to nearly 140 participants in just over two weeks. All it takes is a large exercise ball, a bucket to hold it in place and a pair of drum sticks—plus a willingness to follow the leader through a set of lunges, squats, twists and more. See the back page for more information.
MEMBERS of Morenci’s school staff team take a break while other members of the team tangle with the 13ABC All-Stars from Toledo. Announcer Tim Bovee urged any EMTs in the audience to take front-row seats. From the left is Morenci graduate Brooks Rollins, retired Morenci teacher and coach Larry Bruce, and Morenci graduates Joe Farquhar, Chris Mansfield, Emilie Beach and Jed Hall. “It was a great turn-out,” said Morenci Athletic Booster member Laura Stover who organized the event. Admission to the game, a 50/50 drawing, a silent auction and taco dinner brought in nearly $4,000 for the Boosters’ new scholarship fund. This marks the 13th year for the Channel 13 team to participate in fund-raising events around the station’s viewing area. The games have helped schools bring in more than $700,000.
TEARING DOWN—Ryan Kast (left) and Paul Giberson carry wooden planks from the original bleachers constructed in 1969. A worker with a cutting torch can be seen in the background. School administrators determined that replacement was more cost-effective than the needed repairs. Motors that control movement of the units are now obsolete.
YELL IT OUT!—Maycee Beers was among the many Fayette girls who participated in the annual Mini-Cheer program. The girls performed during a basketball game last month.
MORENCI Elementary School students get started taking the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) test for mathematics in the new computer lab that is now complete through funds from a levy approved by voters in 2013. The Michigan Department of Education is moving to online assessment testing and the new lab—two classrooms combined—will allow an entire grade to be tested at one time. The NWEA test gives teachers a detailed look at the progress of each student at mid-year.
HOT SHOT—Ben Sly of Fayette might be better known for his arm wrestling skills, but last week he made his mark on the basketball court during the Don’s Automotive Halftime Shoot. During the break in the girls game Tuesday, Sly’s name was drawn to compete and he made his layup, his free throw and his three-pointer. Then he moved back to the half-court line and sank the long shot on his third try. That earned $240 for Sly and $200 for the school’s athletic boosters. Don Hyati (left) of Don’s presented Sly with his money Thursday at the Pettisville game and announced that the half-court shot was worth $1,000. Sly’s name was drawn again, and this time he sank the long one on the first attempt. That was another $500 for Sly and $500 for the Boosters. Earlier in the season, Fayette’s Zayne Colegrove made a bucket from mid-court.
SNOW FLIES as the sidewalk in front of Morenci’s First Congregational Church is cleared by Jacob Mock on Monday morning. Residents throughout the region were busy Monday digging out from the first major snowstorm of the season. Weather observer George Isobar measured 9.5 inches of snow—along with drifts two and three feet deep.