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.

Fayette zoning board considers sidewalk plan 10.3

Written by David Green.

The Fayette Zoning Board has a proposal to address sidewalk repair in the village—a plan that would save residents hundreds of dollars.

Reporting for the zoning board, village administrator Tom Spiess said the plan calls for the homeowner to pay for concrete. Labor would be provided by a crew of community volunteers.

If a walk were designated in need of replacement, homeowners would have the opportunity to handle the work on their own or go along with the new plan, if accepted by council members. The work would have to be completed within a designated period of time.

Spiess said the board intends to have one side of S. Fayette Street in good repair next summer in time for the opening of the new school. Other areas of town would be done in future years.

Council member Paul Shaffer noted that some walks are wider than others. Spiess said the ordinance calls for a 36-inch width and Shaffer suggested that new walks could widen at the ends to match existing walks, where needed.

Councilor Mike Maginn expressed concerns about making “guinea pigs” of the S. Fayette Street residents. If the plan wasn’t successful, he said those residents might feel unhappy about being forced to put in walks when the remainder of the village was not addressed.

Spiess said he would take council’s concerns back to the zoning board: first, concern about the quality of the work and, second, whether or not the plan would continue.

“I think that’s the intention of the committee,” Spiess said, “that it would be a growing program.”

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