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.

Porter Lumber Co. building demolished 6.5.09

Written by David Green.

The slow dismantling of the former Porter Lumber Company buildings in Morenci sped up Saturday afternoon when the showroom and offices were demolished due to safety concerns.

A crew of Amish workers had been taking apart buildings on the site for several months, said Keith Pennington of the Morenci Church of the Nazarene. The church owns the property.

Last week the roof trusses were removed from the main building, leaving the old concrete block walls standing.

The owner of neighboring property contacted city officials when he was concerned the walls might fall before they were to be demolished.

If the front wall were to collapse, he said, material could fall onto the sidewalk and utility poles could be damaged. The poles support primary electric lines into the downtown area.

City building inspector Kevin Arquette made the decision to collapse the walls and Mel’s Construction of Waldron was hired to do the work.

 As a precaution, Consumer’s Energy shut the power off through the line while the front wall was knocked over.

Pennington apologized on behalf of the church for any inconvenience the shutoff might have caused, but he was pleased that a relatively short interruption was possible rather than a much longer outage had there been an accident.

Arquette was also happy with how smoothly the operation went. Consumers and Michigan Gas Utilities were both involved, in addition to the fire department, which assisted with traffic control.

“For the first time running through something like that, everything went really well,” 
Arquette said. “It was a well-coordinated effort.”

Pennington will check with the Amish crew to see what else they might want from the site for recycling before the debris will be removed. He said the property will be cleaned off and the grades made safe.

The church bought the property with plans to construct a new worship facility and community center.

Currently, there are no plans to build on the site, Pennington said, and the church will consider selling the land to an interested buyer.

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