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.

Ag educ classes coming back to Morenci 7.18

Written by David Green.

Agriculture education classes are headed back to the Morenci school curriculum and administrators are looking forward to reëstablishing a local FFA chapter.

Since the agriculture program was halted in 1984, Morenci students have taken classes at the Lenawee Vo-Tech Center where a county-wide FFA chapter exists.

School superintendent Kyle Griffith said he and high school principal Nate Parker began investigating the return of ag classes after hearing interest expressed from some district residents.

Morenci is surrounded by school districts with ag programs, Griffith said, including Waldron, Sand Creek, Evergreen and Fayette. Fayette brought its FFA program back in the last school year.

“I’m excited to add it back to our program and it makes sense because of job trends that are heading in that area,” Griffith said.

FFA is available at the county level, he said, but interest grows when a school establishes its own program. FFA offers   many leadership opportunities and also allows a district to make a name for itself through the many competitions offered.

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