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.

Large cuts proposed for Ohio libraries 6.24.09

Written by David Green.

Ohio librarians received the bad news Monday that proposed cuts in state funding threatens libraries throughout the state.

Governor Ted Strickland announced Friday that cuts to the state library fund that outpace relative reductions in other state programs.

Fayette’s Normal Memorial Library director Susan Stuckey urges patrons to contact their state representatives and the governor to express their opinion on the issue. E-mail message can be sent by looking for a link at the library’s website at http://library.norweld.lib.oh.us/fayette.

“We are going to be doing everything we can so this does not pass,” Stuckey said.

The governor is attempting to close a $3.2 billion cash shortfall by the end of the fiscal year next week by what he calls resizing state government in line with the shrinking economy.

According to an analysis by the Ohio Library Council, the cuts would reduce library funding by at least 47 percent in fiscal year 2010 and 45 percent in year 2011, compared to 2008 disbursement.

By contrast, state revenue will fall 18 percent and 16 percent in those two years.

The proposed reductions are expected to force the closure of many libraries in the state and bring severe cuts in services to many others. Libraries have already been forced to make cuts due to dwindling state funds.

The cuts are coming when libraries are facing unprecedented increases in the demand for services, according to Ohio Library Council (OLC).

“In every community throughout the state, Ohioans are turning to their public libraries for free high-speed internet to access information on employment opportunities,” said Mackenzie Betts of the OLC. “Children and teens are beginning summer reading programs and people of all ages are turning to the library for information and education.”

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