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.

Amy Metz chosen new Fayette administrator 4.16

Written by David Green.

Amy Metz returned to the Fayette area about three and a half years ago, but now she’s tied back into the home area even tighter.

Metz was hired Thursday night to serve as Fayette village administrator, replacing Tom Spiess who resigned in December.

She was hired to work 35 hours a week and started her duties Monday.amy.metz.jpg

Metz earned a diploma from Gorham Fayette High School in 1988 and a bachelor’s degree from Hillsdale College in 1992.

Before returning to Fayette, she lived in the Toledo and Perrysburg area while working in the manufacturing industry. She intends to bring the skills she developed through working on inside sales, as a purchasing agent and in customer service to the village office.

She knows there’s a lot to learn about village issues, but she’s ready to get going.

“I look forward to it,” Metz said. “I welcome the challenge.”

Metz said she’s kept abreast of village affairs by reading the Observer, so she won’t be coming into the job as an outsider who’s new to the community.

Metz knows she will be in and out of the village offices based on the needs of the job, but she intends to keep regular office hours daily from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. to meet with residents.

Council voted Thursday to pay former administrator Spiess to work with Metz over the next 30 days to help her learn more about the job.

He will be paid $12 an hour for up to 60 hours.

Councilors Craig Rower and Paul Shaffer abstained from voting.

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