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.

Jeffrey Nofziger competes at state 3.12

Written by David Green.

Morenci junior Jeffrey Nofziger didn’t come home from the state wrestling finals with much in the win column, but he proved that he deserved his place at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Nofziger had the lead for two periods against the wrestler who finished fourth in the state at 145 pounds and he stayed close with the eventual number three. Along the way, he posted a decisive win.

It was his opening match Thursday afternoon that set him on a tough path.

“We thought we had that one won,” said Morenci coach Scott Clark. “We ended up losing a match we shouldn’t have and then taking the hard road.”

Nofziger was showing good control against his opening opponent from Iron Mountain, Joey Wollum, who came into the tournament as the two-time defending champion with a 53-2 record.

Nofziger, who went to the Palace with a 29-3 mark, took a 4-1 lead into the final period, but that’s when it all fell apart.

“I don’t even have an explanation,” Coach Clark said. “Maybe he was trying too hard not to get hurt.”

Nofziger has battled a recurring injury that developed in his freshman year.

Wollum ended up with a 12-4 victory and Nofziger moved to the consolation bracket where he posted a strong 14-4 decision against Eric Heath of Leslie.

Clinton’s Ryan Perry (49-4) was Nofziger’s next foe. Perry won his opener before losing to the eventual champion.

Perry and Nofziger faced each other earlier in the season when Perry won 5-3 at the Clinton tournament.

Nofziger trailed 4-3 with about a minute remaining and needed to earn some points.

“He tried to throw him and it ended up costing him five points,” Clark said.

Perry won the match 9-3 to end Nofziger’s season. Perry later defeated Wollum 8-5 to finish third in the state.

“Both of Jeffrey’s losses were closer than the scores show,” Coach Clark.

He looks forward to returning to the Palace next year with Nofziger and at least a couple of his teammates.

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