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.

Hogs lost in barn fire 10.27

Written by David Green.

About 700 hogs were lost in an overnight fire early Tuesday morning, while workers managed to save about 300 head.

The Gorham Fayette Fire Department was called to 13442 Fulton County Road 19, between County Road N and U.S. 20, at 2:45 a.m. with the report of a large hog barn on fire.

Department member Kim Raker was driving through the area when taking her mother to the airport, said fire chief Tom Franks, and she first thought she was driving through fog. Once it became obvious that it was smoke, she saw the source and drove into the farm to investigate. By that time, a large portion of the ceiling in the 265-foot long structure was already burning.

She called the county dispatcher and awoke residents in the farm house.

About 300 hogs were transported by truck to another barn and only three hogs were known to have run away from the barn. Many of those that remained in the barn had to be euthanized.

The barn was owned by Greg Borton and the hogs were owned by Archbold Elevator, Franks said. He determined the blaze was caused by the electrical system. Franks said the structure was an older style hog barn with wood walls, and added that this was the second barn fire at the farm in less than a decade.

Franks requested immediate demolition of the remaining structure due to the threat of high winds Tuesday afternoon.

Fayette was assisted by equipment and personnel from fire departments in Morenci, Archbold, Wauseon and Lyons.

Franks said it was fortunate that Raker discovered the fire because sparks from that blaze could have ignited an adjacent hog barn.

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