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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    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.
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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.

Hudson to handle Morenci Area EMS billing 11.18.2009

Written by David Green.

Hudson’s ambulance service will now handle the billing for the Morenci Area EMS to save on costs. The change was approved by the EMS board Monday night.

Morenci has used the AccuMed billing service for several year, currently at a charge of $18 for each ambulance run.

“AccuMed has provided a valuable service over the years to bring stability to our billing process,” said Morenci Area EMS administrator Larry Weeks. “However, recently they proposed a dramatic increase in their fees that could be crippling to our operations.”

The proposed increase could cost up to$9,000 a year, Weeks said. He obtained bids from six other billing firms and he also spoke with other ambulance services about their operations. During the course of his conversations, he received an offer from Hudson EMS to provide the service for $15 a run.

Morenci Area EMS currently makes about 500 ambulance runs a year, Weeks said, and 360 to 380 of those are considered billable runs.

Weeks said Morenci Area EMS does not handle billing on its own due to the training demands needed for working with insurance companies.

“It’s a very complicated process,” he said, to keep up with current insurance codes.

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