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.

Pearl's Pizza Palace opens 2.4

Written by David Green.

It’s been 10 years since Pearl Phelps left the pizza business, but when she got a taste of it a few weeks ago, she knew she wanted back.

“I missed it ever since I sold it,” she said.

When Teresa Stockford opened T&Z Pizzeria in November, Phelps helped her get the business going and that’s when she knew what she wanted.

“I thought, I really like this,” Phelps said.

When T&Z closed earlier this month, Phelps had her chance to start again. The familiar name of Pearl’s Pizza Palace was back in business Monday at 129 W. Main St. in Morenci.

Phelps said the menu will be similar to that of her old restaurant—pizza, sandwiches, salads and some Mexican food items—except that she’s adding buckets of chicken.

In the past, she was located across the street, but she’s pleased with her new facility.

“Teresa worked really hard and did a good job,” Phelps said. “She left it in very good condition.”

Phelps is hoping her Pizza Palace will once again become a popular restaurant. She will be open for business from 4 to 10 p.m. six days a week and noon to 10 p.m. Sundays.

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