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.

Alpine Manufacturing moving to Hudson 05.12.10

Written by David Green.

Morenci will soon lose one of its small businesses when Alpine Manufacturing Technologies moves to Hudson.

Alpine, a screw machine branch of Lyon Manufacturing of Livonia, Mich., opened in 2006 in one of the former M&S Manufacturing buildings on Salisbury Street. In July the company will move into a larger M&S building located in Hudson.

“It’s not big enough for us now,” vice president Jim Lyon said of the Morenci facility. “We’re trying to have a little more room and spread out.”

The Hudson building will allow the company space to locate under one roof rather than using the second M&S building in Morenci.

Lyon said he hopes the operation will eventually expand and he believes the move will help the company get ready for the future.

Lyon said there’s some preparation needed at Hudson before Alpine moves, but he figures the transition will probably occur in July.

Alpine employs 12 people.

The Economic Development Corporation of the County of Lenawee borrowed $300,000 in 2006 to buy the two M&S buildings on Salisbury Street to pave the way for Alpine’s move to Morenci. City council approved loaning the economic development group up to $25,000 for environmental asses sments of the property.

Council also approved a standard 12-year tax abatement for Alpine in June 2007 on the estimated $2.9 million of property.

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