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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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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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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.

2011.09.28 Jason Ferguson: Speed limit should be lowered

Written by David Green.

As a resident and business owner on W. Main Street, and as a concerned member of our community, I urge you council members to make a common sense decision regarding the state’s recommendation of speed changes in our town.

Increasing the speed limit, be it a measly five miles an hour, is the opposite of what we should be considering. In fact, a five-mile-an-hour change isn’t worth the expense or the public anger should it be ratified.

Since the incorporation of Fayette’s Dollar General Store, I have voiced my concern regarding the need to lower the speed limit on W. Main Street, negating the 50 MPH zone and extending the 35 MPH to the village’s western limit. This is warranted due to safety concern as a result of increased local traffic and a surplus of turns onto and off of the highway. Has any further push for this been made? Here is where the change needs to be made. A similar increased traffic-pattern is occurring in the southern limits of town, as well, in accordance with the new school location. Ironically, and for reasons that I do not know, these are the two locations that the state is recommending faster traveling speeds.

Let’s not forget the real issue at stake—the safety and well-being of our fellow citizens and children. Fayette is situated among several heavily-traveled interstate arteries, which serve as prime transportation routes for trucks. An increase in speed certainly heightens the risk of accidents.

From a commerce point of view, why would we want to push people (potential customers) faster through our town? We might as well rip out the stoplight while we’re at it, followed by the Incorporation Limits signs. That is, if you want the state to be in control.

Please preserve our municipal regulations already put in place, and consider lowering these where room for increased safety allows. ODOT has motives beyond our level of welfare in mind. You are elected to make decisions based on your consideration of our welfare.

– Jason Ferguson
W. Main St., Fayette

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