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.

Summer jobs program coming to area 5.6

Written by David Green.

When a federally funded summer jobs program unrolls soon, Morenci city administrator/clerk Renée Schroeder hopes to have some jobs filled here.

South Central Michigan Works will administer the Summer Job Connection program for Lenawee, Hillsdale and Jackson counties. Nearly $2 million will be directed to this region through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus funds).

The funds will be used by communities to hire summer workers between the ages of 16 and 24. The jobs pay $7.40 an hour and will cost the city nothing other than training time.

The jobs are to last from May through the end of September, Schroeder said, however, the start of the program is running behind schedule.

Two days of training will be provided initially through South Central Michigan Works, then individuals will be training in the community where they work.

Schroeder expects city council to approve Monday a proposal to hire people to perform office work at city hall and to help at the recycling center, the cemetery and the parks. She wants to hire local residents. Jobs can be scheduled for full-time or less.

Income guidelines apply to prospective workers.

Applications are available at the South Central Michigan Works website (scmw.org).

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