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.

Oil company seeks leases 2.13

Written by David Green.

Monday afternoon wasn’t the first time Marion Mannschreck accepted payment for oil and gas drilling rights on his farmland east of Morenci. Other oil companies have sought the hidden treasure in the past.

But he was willing to sign the documents once again and gladly accept the $50 an acre payment. And better yet, if a productive well is established on his property, Mannschreck will receive the customary one-eighth value of oil produced.

Mannschreck’s land added a few more acres onto the total 33,000 acres leased  in southern Michigan by Continental Resources of Enid, Okla.

Richard Straeter, vice president of Continental’s Illinois Division, knows others have tried, but he also knows there are reasons why the new effort can succeed: improved technology, increased demand, rising prices.

Straeter also knows a lot of oil has been taken from the ground not so far away from this area, and he’s hoping additional pockets are waiting to be tapped here.

Since its discovery 50 years ago, the Albion-Scipio field—running through Hillsdale, Jackson and Calhoun counties—has produced about 140 million barrels of oil.

“This is our first venture into Michigan,” Straeter said. “We’re in the process of completing our third well.”

The company’s first successful well in Hillsdale County is producing 260 barrels of crude oil a day and a test rate of 310 barrels is planned this month.

A second well produced about 500 gallons an hour during an initial 10-hour flow period. A third well should begin withdrawing oil this month.

Continental is acquiring permits for an additional five wells...

 

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