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.

2011.01.05 Mike McDowell: Disappointed with hiring process

Written by David Green.

I would like to congratulate Mr. Wallace on his selection as the head football coach at Morenci. His qualifications and potential to lead the football program are outstanding and without question.

What I do question is the manner in which the selection was carried out. After 32 years of teaching, and 31 years of coaching football at both the JV and varsity levels, I thought that I might at least be extended the professional courtesy of an interview for the head football coaching position. I was not.

What was extended to me in a telephone conversation with Superintendent Osborne was the following general scenario. At a special board meeting during the holiday break, Mr. Wallace was interviewed for the job. After the interview it was apparently deemed unnecessary to interview myself or another possible candidate. Mr. Wallace was then voted on and approved.

I have to believe the board could have interviewed two more candidates out of respect, and then still selected Mr. Wallace if he was who they wanted. I am not communicating with you because of bitterness, but of disappointment.

I want to say thank you to the many people who offered me words of support when learning I was applying for the job. It meant a lot.

– Mike McDowell

Summit Street, Morenci

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