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.

Gerry Gonzales challenges house valuations 10.24

Written by David Green.

Fayette council member Gerry Gonzales has a challenge for Fulton County home appraisers: He would like to see county officials buy just one house for the amount they have it valued.

Gonzales said he’s seen how much the county said his house is worth and he would like to see someone make him a purchase offer at that price.

Gonzales made his complaint at Thursday’s council meeting when county auditor Nancy Yackee visited.

Yackee explained that appraisals are made by sales studies, not by examining every single house in town. She said that sales studies are pertinent to an individual community.

“We don’t take an Archbold sale and tie it into here,” Yackee said.

Council member Mike Maginn asked where data is gathered in the current situation when houses aren’t selling. Yackee responded that the past three years of sales are used.

“It’s a struggle when you don’t have sales,” she said, “but there are some sales and the prices are coming in higher than valued.”

Yackee said the final decision in appraising comes from the Department of Taxation.

Audience member Eugene Rosinski asked how the new school would affect taxes.

There should be no changes immediately, Yackee said, but it all depends on the sale of property. She views the new school as a positive factor for the community rather than a source of increased taxes.

“It’s not all that easy to draw people to a rural community,” she said. “It’s hard. Businesses are struggling. Foreclosures are happening.”

But she believes a new school and new water wells are both factors that should work in the village’s best interest.

Yackee was asked about the county’s sources of revenue. Sales tax brings in the largest amount, but she noted it’s down about $300,000 so far from the usual figure of about $4 million.

Interest income is also a large source, and it’s growing, and real estate taxes are the third big factor.

“It’s a difficult situation,” she said. “We’re looking at where to make cuts. We’ve done that for the last three or four years, drastically.”

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