The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.
MATH HELP—Children learn how to count and how to recognize numbers, said Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey, but some students have difficulty understanding what a number represents. The abacus can help make that more clear. First grade teacher John Craig bought the equipment with a grant from the Morenci Education Foundation. Clockwise, from the bottom left, are students Addyson Valentine, Layla McDowell, Rachel Meadows and Danica Wilmoth.
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.
ART PROJECT—Cody Wagner and other members of Morenci’s fourth grade class work on an art project Monday morning during a visit to Stair Public Library. The students first listened to author Kwame Alexander read his Michigan Reads! book, “Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band,” aloud on a YouTube video and then painted jazzy roosters using cut potatoes, Q-Tips, cardboard and their fingers. The Library of Michigan selected the book for this year’s Michigan Reads! program, a One Book, One State program for young readers.
ONE-ACT—Morenci Middle School students rehearse a scene from “A Dollar,” one of two one-act plays that will be presented Friday and Saturday. From the left are Connor Easter, Lauren Crawford, Destiny Knicley, Brooke Arno, Haylee Valentine, Jayden Smith and Drake Eichler.
MORENCI Fire Department members used the Jaws of Life Sunday to free the driver of a pickup truck that was struck by a Norfolk Southern freight train near the intersection of Horton Road and Tuttle Highway in Seneca Township. The driver was taken by ambulance to Bixby Hospital. The engineers in the train told law enforcement officers that the truck was airborne after being struck. The incident occurred around 1:30 p.m. The accident report was not completed by press time Tuesday and the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Department was unable to report the name of the driver.
A PERMANENT Sunoco sign was raised into place at the Morenci Deli Monday afternoon, replacing the temporary plastic sign that broke loose during strong winds. Employees appreciated the completion of the sign on Tuesday—electronic price displays end the need for manually changing numbers with a long rod. The sign change was delayed due to a problem with Morenci’s ordinance book that the planning commission and city council worked to change.