Jason Cook appointed to Morenci city council 10.15.08

Written by David Green.

Morenci has a new city council member to replace Dick Hewitt who attended his last meeting Monday.

Hewitt resigned his seat since he will be out of town for much of the winter.

Council voted to appoint Jason Cook to a one-year term that will expire with the general election in November 2009.

Cook was nominated and chosen by a 5-2 vote, with Leasa Slocum and Keith Pennington voting against his nomination.

Former mayor Russ Sutherland and former council member Jason Bryant also submitted letters of interest in serving.

POLICE—Police chief Larry Weeks received 28 applications to fill two part-time positions.

“The job market blesses us with a great pool of candidates,” he said, noting that half of the applicants had earned bachelor’s degrees.

Morenci native Ryan Hillard and Somerset resident Bradley Elston were hired to help the department expand coverage time. Weeks said he’s been short on officers for several weeks.

SIDEWALKS—When sidewalk repair and replacement gets underway in the next fiscal year, July 1, Gorham Street will be the focus of work.

PRISONERS—Council approved a work agreement with the Department of Corrections for prison labor. Rates were lowered to half the cost of a year ago.

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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.

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