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.

Morenci council appoints Greg Braun 2.27

Written by David Green.

Morenci city council is whole again with a vacant seat filled.

Council members voted unanimously Monday night to appoint former planning commission member Greg Braun to fill the unexpired term of Jason Bryant.

Braun will serve until the November election. At that time he can seek voter approval for another year in office until the end of Bryant’s term in November 2009.

Mayor Doug Erskin praised Braun’s work on the planning commission when Erskin served as chairperson.

Sandy Wheeler was appointed to fill a vacancy on the zoning board of review. Wheeler works as a real estate agent.

City clerk/administrator Renée Schroeder told council the state’s prison labor program was reinstated, but at a large increase in costs.

The program was halted last year due to the state’s financial situation.

“I think they met with a lot of opposition when they canceled the program,” Schroeder said.

To help pay for the program, the rate was nearly doubled to $30 a prisoner for an eight-hour work day. Mileage is also paid.

City supervisor Lonnie Vanderpool pointed out that prison work crews from the county are still available at a much lower cost.

The city has hired prison crews in the past to help with miscellaneous maintenance projects.

EXEMPTION—Council passed a resolution establishing guidelines for granting poverty exemptions from property tax.

Exemptions are based on federal poverty guidelines. The current poverty threshold for a single person is $10,210 and $20,650 for a family of four.

Applicants must file a request with the board of review. Exemptions may be granted for only one year at a time.

 

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