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.

Lacy's Petals & Gifts opens 05.12.10

Written by David Green.

Sheila Thompson looked at several locations after she decided to move her business, Lacy’s Petals and Gifts, from rural Clayton into Morenci.

She finally settled on a large building—the former Wes’s Floor Covering on Main Street—but she aims to eventually fill every inch.

The front part of the store serves mainly as the flower and gift shop where Thompson stocks fresh and silk flowers, along with various gifts, many from the TeleFlora line.

There’s also a selection of Kay Berry stones—actual rock with custom engraving for use in garden, gravesites and even in floral arrangements. Stone benches are also available.

Thompson carries a variety of supplies for special events, from helium balloons to rental items such as punch bowls, candelabra, chocolate fountains and arches.

“If I don’t have it, I can order it,” she said.

Toward the rear of the store the other part of Thompson’s business becomes apparent. She’s received training as a wedding consultant and that’s a service she’s provided in the past.

The store carries both new and used gowns for brides and bridesmaids, plus used prom dresses sold on consignment. There are dye-able shoes, tuxedo rental by AmeriTux and jewelry by Tiffany.

Thompson also carries items from Playful Delights such as candles, lotions and lingerie—suitable for a bridal party.

Thompson has assistance from her sister, Kathy Knoblauch.

She expects her store sign to be erected this week.

The store can be reached by calling 458-6309.

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