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.

New Fayette school praised by speakers 8.20

Written by David Green.

Fayette area residents have watched their new school arise since ground was broken two years ago, but board of education president Paula Schaffner has a different perspective.

“It’s the culmination of six years of hard work,” she told a large crowd Sunday at the school’s dedication ceremony.

“The small community of Fayette pulled together to create a new school,” she said. “It’s the most technologically advanced school in the area.”

Today marks the beginning of this beautiful building, Schaffner said.

Board vice-president David Brinegar backed up those words, calling the day “a historic moment that will effect the community for many years to come.”

Superintendent of Schools Russell Griggs praised the financial and technical assistance from the Ohio School Facilities Commission—the state agency in charge of using funds from the tobacco lawsuit settled to construct new schools in Ohio.

The OSFC paid $13.6 million of the $18.2 million cost. The building wouldn’t exist without the agency’s assistance, he noted.

“It’s been a positive experience and because of their involvement, we have a fine new school,” Griggs said.

Several members of the audience were introduced, including an OSFC delegate and representatives from the Buehrer Group architectural firm. Three former school board members were also also recognized: Terry Kovar, Fred Stockburger and Kelly Bentley.

Guest speaker State Rep. Bruce Goodwin said he could have reduced his speech to one word: “Wow!” He enjoyed touring the building and watching the pride that showed in the faces of those involved in the project.

“The building is here because of the commitment made by district residents,” he said. “Without the community’s support, students wouldn’t be able to move forward.”

Goodwin reminded the audience that it’s never all about bricks and mortar. The learning that goes on in the classroom is of utmost importance, he said, but the new facilities will play a role in experience.

Every time students arrive for school, they will be uplifted when they enter the building, Goodwin said

Goodwin hinted that some excellent news will soon be released concerning the district’s academic standing through the state department of education.

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