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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    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.

House fire

Written by David Green.

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Quick thinking by a pair of baby-sitters prevented what could have been a much bigger tragedy Friday night.

A house owned by Dustin and Jenny Reckner was declared a total loss by fire investigators, but the Reckners’ three children and their two baby-sitters escaped unharmed.

Morenci fire chief Chad Schisler said that the sitters, Allison, 12, and Chelsea, 14, June noticed an odor as if something were burning and immediately looked around the house to find the cause. They spotted flames around the porch light and quickly awoke the Reckners’ two-year-old and nine-month-old children who were asleep upstairs.

They left the house with those two children and the four-year-old child who was still awake exited through a sliding door to avoid the fire on the porch. They all ran across the street to a neighboring house and the 911 call was placed.

The upstairs smoke alarms eventually functioned in the house, Schisler said, but girls detected the trouble first on their own.

“They did an excellent job,” he said, “and we hope they get an award for their quick thinking. One of the kids told me ’They didn’t teach us that in baby-sitting school’.”

Most of the damage was in the upper portion of the house, Schisler said. A photo taken by Dan Bodette shows the likely path of the flames, starting at the porch light and traveling upward to the attic.

The Morenci Fire Department received the fire call at 9:26 p.m. Friday and remained on the scene until 2:40 a.m. About 20,000 gallons of water was used to extinguish the blaze. Equipment and personnel also came from the Fairfield, Lyons and Madison departments. Fayette sent personnel.

The property is located at 10062 Elliott Highway, where Elliott intersects with Weston Road.

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