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.

Fayette school board hears report on food service 7.23

Written by David Green.

Fayette board of education members viewed a proposed layout for athletic facilities at the new school and received pricing on a storage building for the new school campus.

Jim Price of the Buehrer Group architectural firm showed the board a drawing that would place a softball diamond, baseball diamond and running track east of the new school.

“It’s critical that it’s designed correctly and laid out correctly with regard to drainage,” said superintendent Russ Griggs.

Otherwise, money might be spent in corrective action.

Board members voted to pay $10,000 for design work, including a final $3,000 if the plan is used.

While on the subject of school grounds, trustee David Brinegar asked for conformation that the grounds have not yet been turned over to the district.

Eric Wiemken, construction engineer, said that grass seeding is scheduled in early August and the weedy appearance will soon disappear.

Price told the board that estimates for the 32-foot by 56-foot storage garage put the price around $50,000 for the building only. He guessed the total cost might be close to $75,000.

Brinegar suggested waiting until the total costs are known before moving forward with any decision.

DEMOLITION—Wiemken learned at a meeting with Ohio EPA that existing sidewalks and parking areas can remain in place when the buildings are torn down.

The Ohio EPA expressed concern that existing monitoring wells must remain in place after demolition.

SPEAKER—State representative Bruce Goodwin will speak at the dedication of the new school scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17.

FEES—Student fees for elementary students will increase from $35 to $45 this year. The money helps cover the costs of workbooks, magazines and other materials.

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