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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.

Marvin Thorpe makes his point, gets a win 2011.05.11

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Marvin Thorpe of Fayette says that he didn’t really expect to have his traffic ticket nullified. He just wanted to make a point.

Surprise.

Not only did he win the contested case, but he ended up in a front page story in the Norwalk (Ohio) Reflector newspaper.

Thorp was returning from a visit with his parents in Middleburg Heights March 20 when he was pulled over for speeding in the town of Wakeman.

Thorp doesn’t deny that he failed to slow down soon enough as he entered the town—he said he was heading west late in the day and didn’t see the warning sign soon enough due to the sun—but he does tire of seeing so many people pulled over for speeding. It’s simply a speed trap, he says.

Thorp succeeded in court by contesting the marking of the Wakeman police cruiser.

State law specifies that a police car must be marked “in some distinctive manner or color.” The Wakeman car is white, which is neutral, not a distinctive color, Thorp told the judge.

The car has a light bar that looks like a car-top carrier, he said, and although there are some markings on the car, the typical door panel painting is absent.

If a judge agrees that a car is not properly marked, the law states that the officer driving the vehicle is “incompetent to testify.”

That’s what happened in Norwalk Municipal Court. The judge agreed with Thorp and ruled him not guilty.

That gave Thorp satisfaction in a couple ways. He made his point about the speed trap and he succeeded after his wife said it was idiotic to fight it.

“I really didn’t go in there thinking I’d win,” he said.

Now he can sit back and read the amusing comments on the Reflector’s website—both the supporters (“I think you should moving or run for public office so you can show us the correct way to run a small town) and the detractors (“The more I see your picture, the more you sicken me.”)

And no doubt about it, the next time he’s returning from Middleburg Heights, he’ll be looking for a newly marked police cruiser.

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