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.

From Karaoke to Competition: Genevieve Rose in the Texaco Country Showdown 2013.05.22

Written by Steve Lauber.

randall.gen.2013By BARBARA HOLLSTEIN

Genevieve Rose Randall will tell you that she doesn’t like competition, but with some encouragement, she entered the Texaco Country Showdown a day before the deadline and won the local round of the contest.

She wasn’t expecting to win, but now that she has, she is “on cloud nine” and really excited for the next stage of competition.

The 19-year-old rural Morenci resident has used her talent for singing and playing guitar for a decade, starting out on a karaoke machine at age 9.

When she’s on the stage, seeing people smile makes Genevieve happy. She plays a lot of older country songs that many listeners love, but are surprised to hear. She’s often asked, “How do you know these songs?”

Genevieve has written some of her own songs, but she is only just getting started in songwriting. A dream of hers would be to some day sing at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

Continuing on in the competition, Genevieve will perform Aug. 9 in the state portion at Bay County Fair in Bay City, Mich. The winner of the state finals will move on to national contest, with the winner receiving a recording contract and $100,000.

Some of Genevieve’s upcoming local performances include Adrian First Fridays at 6 p.m. June 7 at the Pavilion and the Lenawee County Fair July 27.

• Genevieve completed her self-titled “Genevieve Rose” CD in January. To obtain a copy, write to her at P.O. Box 44 Morenci, MI 49256.

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