Walking/running track closing 6.17.09

Written by David Green.

If your exercise routine includes laps around the Morenci school track, it’s going to come to end Friday for a few weeks.

After Friday, the track will be closed to the public during replacement of the old running surface.

The weight training room will also be closing soon while construction is completed on the adjacent building. A schedule of the closing will be posted on the door of the facility.

Morenci school district voters in 2008 approved funding for a variety of school maintenance projects at the high school and elementary school. Work was expected to begin last summer, but the project was put on hold when bids came back much higher than expected.

Bids were sought again this spring and bids came in $175,000 lower. In addition, $18,000 was added to the fund from interest.

Work got underway at the elementary school shortly after the school year ended. Old floor tile was removed during the past two weeks from portions of the 53-year-old building. Also on the agenda at that school is roof repair, water line upgrades, replacement of corroding doors and bathroom fixtures, gymnasium window replacement and parking lot repair and paving.

At the high school, shower room upgrades are scheduled, along with exterior door replacement, gymnasium bleacher upgrades and technological improvements.

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  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.

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