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.

2009.02.11 Sandy Rice: Upside down flag

Written by David Green.

This letter is in reference to a few citizens who believe it is O.K. to fly our flag upside down in Fayette, where I reside.

Perhaps those wishing to fly our flag upside down need to obtain a copy of the United States Flag Code where it states when and only when to fly a flag upside down. And, trust me, none of the reasons are to protest an issue whatsoever. People use protests such as taxes, economy, the president, war, schools and many others to show protest when in reality they are only showing true disrespect and unpatriotism toward the United States flag.

I may add no disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America. The flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, state flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor. The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.

In this country we have the right to protest. We can disagree in many ways, but protesting in the way in which this was done by our Mayor Pro Tem and those who side with him in doing so, is nothing but pure disrespect to our flag. Write letters, send emails, attend meetings...that’s what real protesters do.

I am a very proud Army mother. My son is currently serving in the military and has also been to Iraq for 24 months and is doing a 15-month deployment now in Afghanistan. You are showing contempt for a symbol I hold very dear to my heart, and that, Mr. Mayor Pro Tem, is disrespectful.

Fly your American flag with respect to our country and those present and past who sacrificed their lives for you and your family. Read up on the United States Flag Code and learn to protest in ways protected by the United States Constitution. After you do this, then, and only then, will I respect you.

– Sandy Rice

East Main St., Fayette

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