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.

Gorham Twp. voters OK new fire levy 3.12

Written by David Green.

Gorham Township voters—which includes village residents—narrowly approved a new levy for fire protection. The proposal passed 280-265.

An existing 1.5-mill levy for equipment expires this year, said township clerk Mike Figgins, and the new 1.5-mill levy will pay for wages, utilities and maintenance of the fire hall.

The five-year levy is expected to bring in about $46,000 annually, Figgins said, and about half of that will be used for wages.

The new levy goes along with a restructuring of the fire department funding, Figgins explained. The village currently pays half of the utilities cost for the fire hall and also for the cost of fires inside the village limits.

That arrangement ends with the passage of the levy and the township board will now take complete control of the fire department.

The village still owns the ladder truck, Figgins said, and council members will have to decide whether to continue ownership and maintenance or turn that over to the township.

FAYETTE LEVIES—Fayette voters approved both millage renewal requests, although support was far from overwhelming.

Renewal of the 2.9-mill operating levy passed by a 168-130 margin and renewal of the 2.0-mill park levy passed by a larger margin, 175-121.

Council members debated in December whether to seek a renewal or a replacement of the five-year operational levy.

The levy brings in $19,600 annually to the cash-strapped village, based on the same property value structure established in 1968. A replacement levy would have increased revenue to $44,000 by updating the levy to current property values.

During the discussion, some council members expressed concern about an impending increase in sewer rates due to the cost of a long-term upgrade project. With the expense on the horizon, councilors voted to leave the operational millage the existing rate.

Thirty-eight percent of Fayette’s registered votes went to the polls in the March 4 primary.

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