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.

Fayette track rejuvenated 9.24

Written by David Green.

Fayette’s running track looks like a running track once again.

The edges of the track are once again clearly defined. The surface is scraped and leveled. The long jump and high jump pits are recovered from the turf. A shot put area is rescued from encroaching grass.fay.track.jpg

What was once considered the finest track in the area—in the days before all-weather tracks—suffered from neglect over the years, but now it’s back in good shape, thanks to the efforts of 19 volunteers.

Fayette mayor Anita Van Zile worked with a few other residents concerned about the condition of the track to organize a work day Sept. 6.

“When I went down there at 8 o’clock, I was the only one there,” she said, “but then people started trickling in.

”I was very pleased. It was very successful.”

The crew of volunteers wrapped up their work by 1 p.m., then Greg Armstrong of Armstrong Excavating arrived. He worked part of two days with a box blade to level the surface.

“Both of his children were involved in track and Greg has continued to support the program, even though his children have graduated,” Van Zile said.

A drain was unplugged that had caused flooding on a portion of the track after very heavy rains, but the success of that effort won’t be known until another hard downpour. It’s unknown how much sand and debris had washed into the line.

“We couldn’t have done the job without the help of the village crew,” Van Zile said.

Village workers accomplished some preliminary work before the work day, and some showed up to help with the other volunteers.

In the age of all-weather tracks, Van Zile doubts if there will ever be a home track meet for Fayette’s runners, but the rejuvenated facility will now serve as an excellent practice site. The track also gets a lot of use by community members.

“It was a day of teamwork, team building and accomplishment,” the mayor said, “and a lot of fun.”

She intends for the village to make sure the track is maintained to prevent another descent into disrepair.

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