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.

Operators of unlicensed child care centers warned 12.17.08

Written by David Green.

State and city law both prohibit unlicensed day care centers and Morenci residential zoning administrator Jack Baird has heard reports of several in the city.

Baird sent notices to those that he is aware of and he wants other care-givers to be aware of potential problems.

This does not refer to occasional baby-sitting, Baird said, but rather to the regular care of children not related to the caregiver, in which monetary compensation is given for the service.

A city ordinance prohibits the operation of a child care center in a single-family residential area without a review and approval by the planning commission.

Michigan law states “it is illegal in the State of Michigan to care for unrelated children in your home without being licensed or registered by the Department of Human Services.”

Licensing includes an inspection of facilities, health and criminal clearance of employees, attendance at an orientation session and continuing education. The state also charges a licensing fee.

Baird said he is obligated to follow up on complaints that come to his attention. If he has doubts about the answers he receives, the matter is turned over to the state. The city cannot condone an unlicensed child care business, he said.

Baird said that operators of an unlicensed  child care service can run into trouble in at least two ways. If the service is provided and the customer doesn’t pay, the provider doesn’t have much standing in court if it’s an unlicensed operation.

In addition, if a child is injured while being cared for, the provider could be held liable. If the child is uninsured, the cost could be excessive, Baird said.

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