The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

  • Front.cheers
    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
  • Family.3.wide
    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.
  • Front.newpaper.2
    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.
  • Front.code.2
    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.
  • Front.skelton.vigil
    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.
  • Front.gym.new
    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.
  • Front.lift
    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.

Fayette library trims hours 9.2.09

Written by David Green.

State budget cuts are forcing Fayette’s Normal Memorial Library to join dozens of others throughout Ohio in cutting back on hours.

The new reduced schedule will take effect Sept. 14.

“Since we only receive funds from the state, and with these funds being drastically reduced by possibly as much as 30 percent, we have no choice but to cut our costs by reducing our library hours,” said library director Sally Canfield.

Thirteen hours will be cut from the existing summer schedule, but compared to the usual 49 hours in winter, the library will be about 20 hours less.

There will be no more 9 a.m. openings and Saturday hours will be eliminated completely. The reductions will remain in effect through the end of the year, Canfield said, and then finances will be reëvaluated for the next calendar year budget.

If there’s any good news to changes, it’s that state funding wasn’t cut as deeply as first proposed. Compromises were made in Columbus to reduce the cuts somewhere in the vicinity of 30 to 35 percent, Canfield said.

At this time, employee hours are being cut back along with the hours of operation, but no staff member is being laid off and existing programs will continue.

“We will keep our library patrons informed as best we can of any other changes that may have to be made,” Canfield said.  “It is our goal to continue to provide materials, services and programs to our library patrons as best we can with our limited resources.”

New hours

Starting Sept. 14

Monday, 11 to 8

Tuesday, 1 to 6

Wednesday, 1-5

Thursday, 1-6

Friday, 11-5

Closed Saturday and Sunday

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2016