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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.

Fayette council 4.30

Written by David Green.

Fayette is expected to have a new small industry soon and village council members voted to offer a tax abatement for construction of a new building.

Ham Properties, LTD., of Bryan intends to construct a 6,000 to 8,000 square foot building at the back of the TRW plant.

“From what I’ve been told, it’s going to go up pretty quick,” said Lisa Arend, director of Fulton County Economic Development.

Arend told council members the developer is seeking a 10-year tax abatement only on the $295,000 cost of constructing the building. Half of the taxes that would have gone to the school would be returned to the district.

If council were to make a pledge to give an abatement, she said, then construction would begin and the details of the abatement would be approved at a later date.

Arend said the company offers specialized work on rotors for TRW. The plant would employ four or five workers and could expand in the future with the company’s trucking business.

Councilor Mike Maginn asked if the plant would operate around the clock. Arend said she thinks it’s only a first-shift operation that wouldn’t add to the existing noise from TRW.

MOWING—Property owners who fail to mow their lawns could be in for significant fines if council approves a proposed ordinance.

If grass and weed height ordinance is exceeded, a warning to the property owner will be delivered by a police officer. If no action is taken, a sign will be posted in the yard between the sidewalk and street.

The property owner has seven days to respond before a village worker or someone contracted to do the work mows the lawn. A fee of $50 an hour will be assessed, with a minimum of $50.

In addition, a $250 fine will be assessed, with up to $1,000 charged for multiple incidents. If the sign is not returned to the village hall in good condition, an additional fee of $500 will be assessed.

If the fines are not paid, they will be added to the property owner’s tax bill.

Council will have the proposal reviewed by the village attorney before voting on the ordinance...

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