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.

Fayette police chief Rick Kline resigns 10.31

Written by David Green.

Fayette has lost the services of a veteran law enforcement officer following the resignation of police chief Rick Kline.

Village council members regretfully accepted Kline’s resignation, ending a 28-year career with the village.

Kline’s resignation took effect Oct. 30.

Council member Mike Maginn thanked Kline for his many years of service to the village.

Mayor Anita Van Zile said Monday that a council committee would begin discussing the next step to take to replace Kline.

Jason Simon, who serves as the department sergeant, is the only remaining full-time officer. Until a chief is hired, he will supervise the nine part-time officers who help provide police coverage for the village.

Van Zile said Tuesday she has spoken with the sheriffs from Fulton and Williams counties for advice about the situation and Sheriff Darrell Merillat will attend the next public safety committee meeting to discuss the matter further.

“Our primary concern is maintaining the best coverage for the village while staying within our budget,” Van Zile said. “I anticipate accepting applications in the near future.”

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