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.

2013.03.20 Jeanne Hinkley: Disappointed with lack of coverage

Written by David Green.

I was so disheartened by your recent article on the State Powerlifting competition. My son Christopher took first place but was barely mentioned at the end of the article and not even highlighted like all the other lifters who didn't even place. Angrily I called your office looking for answers, where I was told it was because Chris went to LCS and your paper didn't cover LCS sports.

It is true that Chris wisely took an opportunity given him to switch to LCS in February of this year; however, he did not lift for LCS, he lifted for Morenci where he has attended school for years now.

This answer seemed so ignorant that I was enraged and then told in an effort to calm me that coach Hoffman had said Chris was no longer on the team. Upon further investigation I found this cop-out to be entirely untrue. I asked at that time how could my son win a medal for a team he was no longer a part of. I was unable to attain any answer to explain this.

It is my opinion that your staff went to great lengths to purposely exclude Chris. Then tried to bail responsibility with pathetically weak excuses in defense. Chris will continue to lift for Morenci Powerlifting throughout his high school career. He will continue to win medals and will be recognized by many. But not apparently by our own local paper for reasons that are beyond my comprehension. I wish you all could see what a blow this was for a 15 year old boy who works so very hard at excellence.

– Jeanne Hinkley

Morenci

 

Editor's note: Coach Dan Hoffman explained to us that Chris registered for the state finals as a Lenawee Christian School student—not as a Morenci student. It would have been illegal for him to represent a school where he is not enrolled. It’s true that the Observer does not cover the activities of LCS students nor do we report on Morenci students who attend other schools in the area. We did, however, mention Chris’s state championship effort.

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