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.

Morenci lumberyard open again 9.26

Written by David Green.

Morenci has a lumberyard again with the opening last week of Morenci Building Supply. Customers will see some familiar faces behind the counter.

Todd Lacy, who was employed at the former Lenco Building Supply, has reopened the business with ownership shared by members of his family. Lenco owner Bob Axe closed the business and filed for bankruptcy earlier this year.

Lacy said he’s been slowly working through legal roadblocks for about three months in an effort to get the business open again.

The Adrian native and Wauseon resident worked in sales for the Andersen window company for about 10 years before joining Lenco.

Jim Jarrell and Chuck Beck have returned to work for Lacy and there are two other former employees Lacy intends to bring back once the business becomes established again.

“I’ve been pleased with the response already,” he said after only three days in operation. “It’s busier than expected.”

Lacy has concerns that contractors might have established new business relationships with other lumberyards since Lenco’s closure, but Jarrell said so far that  doesn’t seem to be the case.

Lacy said the store is fairly well stocked, although he hasn’t yet chosen all of his suppliers. He’s planning a grand opening in late October.

“We have lots of experience and we’ll be offering the same services as before,” he said.

Hours will remain the same, also: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

Lacy looks forward to a hands-on approach to management with involvement in all aspects of the business.

“That’s my mentality,” he said.

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