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.

Tax service opens in Morenci 01.20.2010

Written by David Green.

It’s become a family tradition for the Bells. Francis Bell has operated a tax preparation service for many years in Morenci and now his son, Jeff, has opened his own business.

Although the business is new, tax work is nothing new for Jeff. He’s worked with Francis for about 15 years.

“We have such a large client base built up,” Jeff said. “We wanted to move into a separate location for more convenient access downtown.”

Jeff has a full-time job at Sauder so he’ll be in the office only during evening hours and weekends. His wife, Kelly, will keep the business open in the day during the busy tax season.

Jeff is a certified tax practitioner—a rating acquired by attending IRS-required continuing education seminars—and the business accepts e-filing.

Bell’s Tax Service also offers tax planning and tax advising to help with inheritance, gifts and preparing for the next tax year.

Jeff is concerned that people might have difficulty finding his Main Street business because the sign above the door still reads “Don’s Sporting Goods.” The sign will be repainted when the weather warms.

Look for Bell’s Tax Service advertisement in this week’s Observer. 

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