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.

Tom Spiess files final report 01.03

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette’s interim village administrator Tom Spiess delivered his final report to council members Thursday night before resigning from the position Dec. 31.

This prompted mayor Anita Van Zile to seek a closed session of council to discuss how village business will be handled until a new administrator is in place.

Van Zile said that committees have been reminded of the impending change, but she said nothing has been done. The telephone will begin ringing on the morning of Jan. 2, she said, and no one will be available to answer questions directed to the administrator.

“You have nobody to handle the work that Tom’s been doing,” she said. “I don’t know who’s going to do it. No decisions have been made.”

Council met in a closed session for about an hour to discuss personnel issues.

Van Zile started the meeting by presenting a proclamation to Spiess that thanked him for his service to the community. Spiess, in turn, praised council members for the work they’ve done during his time as administrator.

“You’ve attacked some problems that were very critical for us,” he said.

He thanked council members for their patience and always giving him time to work through issues.

Although Spiess resigned from the administrator post, he plans to invest time in economic development issues in an attempt to bring new jobs to the community.

PERSONNEL—Advertisements will be placed in area newspapers for a police chief—either part-time or full-time—and for a part-time village administrator.

 

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