The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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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.

2009.01.28 Sandy Davis: Money wasted in lawsuit

Written by David Green.

In 1985 the FHA (Farmers Home Administration) made us file bankruptcy.  The took all of our property and sold it to our son, Jeff Davis. At that time it was their obligation to give him clear deed and abstract, which they did.

A few years before this we put a house trailer beside the house. At that time we filed the proper paperwork and the township has never said anything about the trailer not meeting codes until a couple of years ago. They have collected taxes for over 20 years on this property and now, for some reason, they have decided that it has to be moved.

They have taken my son to court and TWO courts, the Lenawee County court and the State Court in Lansing, have both determined that there is not sufficient evidence to prosecute. It should be a done deal but no, the township is once again trying to take him back to court for the same offense. The township is wasting our money.

How many other trailers or homes in our township do not meet the codes or have the permits that they should have? The township should be looking into all homes or buildings but for some reason they have singled him out.

This trailer is kept up, it is not an eyesore and Jeff rents to people that need a home. He has spent thousands of dollars to defend his right to leave the trailer there when it would have been much cheaper just to give in and move it but he feels that since they have collected taxes and he has kept up the trailer that he has the right to keep it there.

Do you want the township to keep pursuing this and spending thousands of your dollars on prosecuting this or do you think that the money could be better spent on roads, bridges, or other improvements?

Since FHA gave him clear deed and title it should be them the township is going after if anyone. We need to speak up and tell them to stop wasting our money. Call your township officials and give them your opinion. 

– Sandra Davis

W. Mulberry Road, Morenci

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