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.

Dick Hewitt resigning from Morenci council 9.10

Written by David Green.

Morenci city council will soon be in need of a new member due to the impending resignation of Dick Hewitt.

Hewitt was first elected to council in 2003. Although his current term doesn’t expire until 2011, his replacement will serve only until the general election in 2009. At that time, a replacement will be elected to complete Hewitt’s term in office.

Although Hewitt has two more meetings before leaving, Morenci mayor Doug Erskin wasted no time in praising the councilor.

“You’re going to be very much missed, not only by council but also by residents,” Erskin said.

He told Hewitt he has appreciated his level-headed approach to issues and valued his opinions.

Hewitt will soon retire from his job and will no longer be in the city the entire year.

AFC RESIDENTS—Police chief Larry Weeks appraised council members on his department’s response to calls from local adult foster care homes.

Weeks noted that AFC homes have gone beyond the traditional care of elderly people and now have several residents with mental problems.

Weeks said that several years ago many of the state’s mental health residential facilities were closed. Subsequently, many residents ended up in prison. Now, with the number of prisons being reduced, many people with mental problems are without a place to go and several end up at AFC homes.

“There’s a huge hole in the system and there are not too many places for people to go,” Weeks said.

He urged community members to be somewhat tolerant of these issues, but he realizes that people are experiencing problems, such as being asked for money and being harassed in stores.

Arresting people for panhandling isn’t a good solution, he said, because their case probably won’t be prosecuted if they’re mentally ill.

He told council that police will no longer respond to calls from AFC homes asking for help in controlling an individual.

“You can’t expect police to use force and restrain people in that situation,” he said.

If an AFC owner consciously admits a person with mental disabilities, then staff needs training to handle situations. Residents aren’t breaking a law, he said, and the police can’t detain them.

Council member Tracy Schell asked if an AFC home was responsible for a resident’s behavior outside the home. Weeks said that isn’t the case.

“Generally they can exist fine in the community, but if they’re causing a disturbance, we’ll have to prosecute,” he said. “Tolerance is needed in the community, but a line must be drawn.”

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