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.

Police investigate suspected meth lab 7.8.09

Written by David Green.

Charges haven’t yet been filed against three people involved in the alleged production of methamphetamine on Gorham Street in Morenci.

Officers from the OMNI-III narcotics investigation team were assisted by Morenci and Adrian police July 1 in a raid of a rental house at 139 Gorham St. Charles Cassidy, the renter, and two others are suspects.

Det. Sgt. Sinclair of OMNI-III said suspicion arose recently when an Adrian police officer visited the house when attempting to contact a person on another criminal charge.

He was invited into the house and noticed several components used in meth production.

The phrase “meth lab” can give a false idea of what’s involved, Sinclair said. Rather than a laboratory setting, production is improvised out of common materials such as pop bottles, drain cleaner and cold medicine.

The incident is still under investigation since the residents weren’t involved in production at the time.

“You seldom find them in operation unless you walk in right while they’re doing it,” Sinclair said.

The materials can quickly be hidden from sight.

Officers spent all day at the house last Wednesday to ventilate the structure and remove materials. After the items were aired out and categorized, a clean-up crew under contract with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration removed materials from the site.

Sinclair said OMNI III will present its findings to the prosecutor who will decide on charges against the three suspects.

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