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.

Taylor Griffith fourth at hoop shoot finals 2011.05.11

Written by David Green.

Fayette seventh grade student Taylor Griffiths had to settle for fourth place at the national finals of the Elks Hoop Shoot free throw shooting contest.

Taylor won the state and regional championships to earn a free trip to Springfield, Mass., for the national contest. There she competed against 11 other 12- and 13-year-olds.

Kendall Cloninger of Dallas, N.C., repeated her regional performance with a perfect 25 for 25 at the finals to take the title.

A girl from Washington took second with 24 baskets out of 25 tries and a Missouri girl placed third with only two misses.

Taylor held steady with her regional score, sinking 22 of 25 attempts. She missed her final try during round one of 10 shots—as did everyone in the contest with the exception of the top two finishers—then got back on track in round two (15 shots) until her final two tries.

Everyone in her division followed the same pattern, other than the winner. Each participant had a string of baskets before missing a shot, in both rounds one and two. All of the misses came at the end of the rounds.

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