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.

City drops lawsuit; will pursue other means 4.08.09

Written by David Green.

A property maintenance violation case will soon take a new turn for the City of Morenci.

A motion of nolle prosequi was filed in district court Feb. 24, signaling the end of prosecution in the case.

Kyle Schaffner was issued citations for several alleged violations which he described as cosmetic. When no action was taken to reach compliance with the city’s property maintenance code, the issue moved to district court.

The property in the case is the old Blanchard Hospital building on North Summit Street, now used for apartments.

Although civil municipal infractions were dismissed, said Morenci Chief of Police Larry Weeks, the violations remain and the city is considering alternative methods to achieve compliance.

Weeks said the city’s building inspector made repeated attempts to resolve the situation, but when that failed, the case was turned over to his department to issue citations.

Fines are levied to encourage compliance, he said, and in the past there have been situations in which a fine was dismissed once compliance was reached.

Schaffner expressed his dissatisfaction with the city’s enforcement procedure. Through both good and bad economic times, problems tend to take care of themselves, he said.

“When people accumulate sufficient funds, they take action,” Schaffner said.

Schaffner said he doesn’t think blight in commercial and residential property is bad at all in Morenci. He’s heard out-of-town guests mention how good they think the city looks, especially compared to other communities they’ve visited.

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