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.

Russell Griggs serving as Fayette superintendent 12.12.2007

Written by David Green.

A veteran school administrator is leaving the helm at the Gorham Fayette Local School District, but another is stepping in.

David Hankins, who joined the district as superintendent in 2003, announced in February he would retire at the end of 2007. Russell Griggs was hired to begin duties the first of December to give the two administrators some common time on the job.

This marks the 27th year as a superintendent for Griggs.

He started his career with the Elmwood district before beginning a 14-year stint with the Evergreen district, from 1988 through 2002.

He announced his retirement, but was hired by the Delta district for a one-year interim position—one that ended up lasting three years.

He was next hired by Stryker to serve as a one-year interim superintendent, but that job lasted two years. Now he has a one-year contract with Fayette.

The Fayette position is different in several ways, Griggs said.

“This is the first district that didn’t have either severe financial problems, operational problems or major facilities problems,” he said.

Fayette’s building project is well underway, the district is in a financially stable position and Hankins has left the district operationally sound, Griggs said.

He looks forward to joining the transition to the new school building. He sees the benefits of having the two existing schools merged into a central location, and the new facility should also bolster community pride and spirit.

“I’m looking for a positive experience here in Fayette,” Griggs said.

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