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.

Morenci's voting machines to be tested 10.24

Written by David Green.

Interested in watching Morenci’s electronic voting machine go through its paces?

The public accuracy test—open to the public—is scheduled at 10 a.m. Oct. 31 at city hall.

The city received a packet of blank ballots to run through the voting machine to make sure the computer is clear. City workers, along with two election inspectors, will also mark ballots randomly to test the machine’s accuracy.

Write-in ballots are automatically separated from the other ballots for hand tabulation.

Anyone wishing to run as a write-in candidate has until 4 p.m. Nov. 2 to register at city hall. If a “write-in candidate declaration of intent” form is not submitted, the votes will not count.

City hall will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Nov. 3 for residents seeking to obtain an absentee ballot.

Morenci’s ballot in the Nov. 6 general election will include only local races.

Doug Erskin is challenging Russ Sutherland for mayor. Three council members will also be chosen. Incumbents Dick Hewitt and Leasa Slocum will be joined on the ballot by Wes Clark, Art Erbskorn, Jeff Lantz and Carl VanDeWalker, Jr.

PHOTO ID—Voting in Michigan will require an extra step starting next month in the Nov. 6 general election.

In order to cast a vote, photo identification will be requested by election workers. If the voter is in possession of only non-photo ID, an affidavit must be signed attesting that the person is not in possession of picture identification.

Without a photo ID or a signature on an affidavit, voting will not be allowed.

The affidavits will be filed at city hall, said clerk/administrator Renée Schroeder, and will not be checked unless someone makes a request.

Photo ID is now required in all states, however, only first-time voters are required to show a photo in Kansas and Pennsylvania.

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