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.

Census shows changes in area communities 03.30.2011

Written by David Green.

Jobs have disappeared and workers have followed suit.

That’s the story of the 2011 U.S. Census in this part of the country.

Morenci recorded a loss of 178 people during the past decade, a drop of 7.4 percent. Fayette’s loss of 57 people represents a decline of 4.25 percent.

In Lyons there was a slight growth to 562 people (an increase of three) while Dover Township showed a growth of 110 people to 1,578, an increase of 7.5 percent.

Medina Township’s population fell by 11 percent to 1,090 and Seneca’s fell by 5.6 percent to 1,230.

Across the border, Chesterfield stands at 1,012 (-3.6 percent), Gorham at 2,260 (-4.7 percent), and Franklin at 743 (+0.5 percent).

Lenawee Count showed a slight increase of just under one percent to stand at 99,892. Fulton County grew by 1.46 percent for a total of 42,698 residents.

The loss of residents has, in turn, led an increase in housing vacancies for many communities.

The 2010 census showed 86 vacancies in Fayette, more than 14 percent of it total stock of 591 units. Lyons had 22 vacant units or 8.8 percent of the existing units.

Morenci showed 130 of 951 units empty, for 13.7 percent. In the townships, the vacancy in Medina stood at 10.7 percent and in Seneca 9.2 percent.

In the 2000 census, Morenci’s vacancy percentage was 6.9 percent, Seneca’s was 4.1 percent and Medina’s was 6.8 percent.

Information from the Columbus Dispatch’s searchable census database

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