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.

Fayette school board 04.28.10

Written by David Green.

Fayette Board of Education members met for a special session Monday morning to take care of a real estate issue and to hire a new girls basketball coach.

The former school property on Eagle Street is now officially owned by DH Holdings, the company charged with the clean-up of contamination from the former Fayette Tubular Products factory.

Fulton County prosecuting attorney Scott Haselman guided the board through the details of the property transfer. The school received $1,000 for the sale of the property.

When the school board received a $3.9 million settlement from DH Holdings in March 2007, the pact called for demolition of the old school buildings and for the school property to remain an undeveloped green zone.

In addition, DH was given the first right to purchase the property within a year following demolition.

Village officials are still seeking clarification from DH on the use of the parking area now owned by the company. Only a narrow strip of the parking lot north of the ball fields is owned by the village. In the past, the school parking area was used by ball fans and for special events such as the Bullthistle Festival.

COACH—Tim Nicely of Ayersville was hired to serve as Fayette’s girls basketball coach following the resignation of Ashley Oyer.

Nicely has served as Ayersville’s junior varsity girls coach for 15 years. He’s also coached the girls freshman team, the eighth grade boys team and the freshmen boys team.

Nicely and his wife are the parents of two children.

CONTRACTS—Negotiated agreements were approved for certified and classified staff for one year.

Contracts for both groups show no increase in salary, said superintendent Russell Griggs.

“Both employee organizations realize the current economic situation is not conducive for staff pay increases,” Griggs said. “The uncertainty in future state and federal funding is reason enough for fiscal caution at this time.

“The community is facing tough times and the school district needs to control expenditures in a period of declining revenues.”

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