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.

NW Ohio Port Authority formed 10.1

Written by David Green.

After several final policy statements were approved last week, the new Regional Port Authority of Northwest Ohio is ready to tackle economic development projects in Defiance, Fulton, Henry, and Paulding counties, according to Timothy Small, chair of the organization’s board of directors.

“The Port Authority will be a significant tool for development in our area,” Small said. “The Port Authority is an independent unit of government which can own, lease, and finance land, building and equipment for credit-worthy companies, nonprofits and governmental units. It gives us local control and local focus over a valuable asset for our area.”

Each of the four counties contributed $10,000 in start-up funds.

An article in the Toledo Blade in July stated the group’s top goal is to work with businesses interested in locating along the newly widened U.S. 24, a highway connecting Toledo and Fort Wayne, Ind. The road passes through three of the member counties but not Fulton County.

Executive director Jerry Arkebauer also spoke of serving the existing businesses in the four counties as a priority of the organization.

Now that the Port Authority is in full operation, Arkebauer expects to begin a marketing program throughout the four counties to explain the Port Authority and what it can do to help businesses, non-profits and governments.

A port authority can, by law, “enhance, foster, aid, provide or promote transportation, economic development, housing, recreation, educational, governmental operations, culture, or research” within its jurisdiction.

The Port Authority Board expects to meet quarterly, with additional meetings to be scheduled if a project is developed which would require Board action. The next meeting will be Dec. 16.

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