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.

Paul Corrin convicted in CSC case 12.10.08

Written by David Green.

A Morenci man will be sentenced in January after conviction last week for second degree criminal sexual conduct.

Paul Corrin, 69, of E. Coomer Street, was convicted by jury Thursday in Lenawee County Circuit Court and could face up to 15 years in prison.

Corrin was found guilty of inappropriately touching his three-year-old step-granddaughter in September 2007.

This was a unique case, said Morenci police chief Larry Weeks, in that Corrin reported the incident to Child Protective Services the following day. Weeks was then called to investigate the report.

Corrin testified that the child initiated the act. He told a Child Protective Services investigator he did the touching because he was trying to find out if someone else was abusing the child. He suspected that another family member was instigating such behavior, however, that was never discussed with the girl’s mother.

The victim, now four years old, was required to testify on the stand. She said the incident began as playful tickling in her private area.

Weeks said he’s been asked if he was satisfied with the outcome of the trial.

“I’m pleased that we got a guilty verdict,” Chief Weeks said, “but that doesn’t change the fact that a girl has been abused and a family has been torn apart. There are really no winners.”

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