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.

Zac Johnson a walk-on with U of M football 8.8

Written by David Green.

He’s in; he made the cut.

There’s going to be a familiar face on the sidelines at the University of Michigan’s home football games this season after recent Morenci graduate Zac Johnson learned he’s a member of the Wolverine squad.

Johnson began practicing this week as a preferred walk-on and wearing his number 19 for media day photos. As long as he maintains his position in the top 105 members of the team, he should be dressing for home games.

A good showing at the Wolverine summer camp for high school players helped pave the way. Johnson produced one of the fastest 40-yard sprint times at camp.

He’s also had the help of Morenci Superintendent of Schools Kyle Griffith in making connections with the coaching staff.

“Mr. Griffith and I have been talking with [UM offensive coordinator] Mike DeBord since my sophomore year,” Johnson said.

They’ve also kept close connections with Adrian native Brad Labadie who serves as Director of Football Operations for UM and coordinates recruiting efforts for this area of Michigan.

Johnson and his father, Eric, attended UM’s spring practice. That’s when Johnson had his first opportunity to speak with head coach Lloyd Carr.

Johnson says he’s quite certain he will be red-shirted this season, leaving four more years of eligibility. That will work out fine, because he expects to spend five years at school earning an engineering degree.

The Wolverine coaching staff is considering Johnson as a defensive back/wide receiver prospect.

“I’m hoping to play safety,” he said.

 

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