Waldron elects new village leaders 9.26

Written by David Green.

Waldron has a new village president, new clerk and a new trustee following elections Sept. 11.

Richard Buck defeated John Tanner 79-27 for village president and Ruth Hotchkiss was chosen as clerk, running unopposed and garnering 92 votes.

Christine Douglas was given another term as village treasurer, defeating challenger Donald Achenbach 71-36.

Six trustees were chosen, including three incumbents. New trustee Shaun Barnhart was given 82 votes and former president Harold Douglas received 91 votes. Jeff Bernath (82 votes), Roy Hall (78) and Rick Bays (76) were returned to office. Brad Fry (79) retained his seat after having been appointed to office.

OFFICER—Meeting a day after the election, trustees discussed a proposal to hire a code enforcement officer to issue citations for violators of local ordinances. Waldron residents Christine Douglas and Sara Mercer, plus Morenci police officer Don Thompson, have applied for the position.


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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
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    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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