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.

Morenci to buy two new school buses 7.29.09

Written by David Green.

Morenci school superintendent Kyle Griffith saw the deal as an offer too good to refuse: two school buses for the price of one.

Morenci joined a consortium of eight Lenawee and Jackson county schools to take advantage of a U.S. EPA grant through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Program.

With a 50 percent local match, the districts will share $1.79 million to retrofit existing buses to meet new emission standards and to buy new buses.

Morenci will use its share to acquire a pair of buses.

“We’re very fortunate,” Griffith said. “Our bus replacement schedule has been put off [due to financial conditions] so we went for the half-off deal.”

Griffith said the district will save about $80,000. The school’s two buses most in need of replacement will be exchanged.

The grant is similar to the federal “cash for clunkers” program in that the old vehicles cannot be sold but instead must be scrapped.

Griffith initially thought the program was strictly for the purpose of buying propane-fueled buses, but now he believes the district might have the choice of propane or new fuel-efficient diesel models.

“It’s a good problem to have,” he said about the decision the board must make.

Board members will need to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each model.

The participating districts will purchase a total of 12 new buses and 41 diesel particulate filter and closed crankcase ventilation retrofit technology systems.

Participating Lenawee County districts are Morenci, Blissfield, Deerfield, Britton and the LISD. Jackson County schools include Columbia, Grass Lake and Hanover-Horton.

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