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 coaches hired 2009.09.23

Written by David Green.

Additional coaches and assistants for all three sports seasons were approved for the 2009-10 school year at Morenci’s Board of Education meeting Monday.

Coaches approved were: Roger Pontious, baseball; Andrew Schang, assistant baseball; Anthony Barron, volunteer assistant baseball; Kay Johnson, softball; Renae Schaffner, assistant softball coach;

Brad Brown, varsity track; Kim Mohr, assistant varsity track; Dan Hoffman, middle school track; Travis Kruse, assistant middle school track; Scott Clark, varsity wrestling; Jesse Bach, assistant varsity wrestling; Jessica Taylor, JV and varsity competitive cheer; Robyn Taylor, assistant varsity competitive cheer;

Nancy Shamplo, middle school competitive cheer; Ashley Joughin, seventh grade volleyball; Curtis Parsons, volunteer assistant football; and Jacob Bovee, volunteer assistant football.

Ruth Marlatt, a recent retiree who worked for Morenci schools for 10 years, was presented with an engraved clock.

“A clock just doesn’t say it all,” said Superintendent Kyle Griffith. “We have really appreciated everything Ruth has given to the system over the past 10 years.”

Supt. Griffith offered his thanks to the many people who worked behind the scenes and after hours to complete all the summer remodeling and construction projects on time.

“Morenci is really on top of the game when comparing facilities,” Griffith said. “That bond vote was huge. It is the result of hardworking people who care about our kids.”

The resignation of Lisa Love, full-time bus driver, was approved.

April Shaffer was hired as full-time bus driver and Heather Dilworth was hired as part-time instructional paraprofessional.

In a motion by Phil McCaskey, the approval of the Coach’s Handbook was tabled.

“We were unable to discuss this in our committee due to time constraints,” McCaskey explained.

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