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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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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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.

Search and rescue team to practice in Morenci 2011.06.29

Written by David Green.

A search team from the Owosso area has scheduled its annual training session in Morenci this year.

The Shiawassee Search and Rescue Team—an independent agency of trained volunteers—chose the Morenci area for a July 9 practice session both for its own benefit and also to help with the Skelton brothers recovery effort.

Morenci Chief of Police Larry Weeks emphasizes that there is no new information about the case. It was merely a decision made by the Shiawassee group.

“It’s a training session,” Weeks said, “but at the same time we might see some benefit.”

The benefit goes beyond the Skelton search, Weeks said, because 40 to 50 local public safety personnel are invited to participate. The program is not open to community volunteers, he said, but is limited to police, EMS and fire department personnel.

“We’ll gain experience from a trained agency and receive some help in our search for the boys, also,” Weeks said. “We’ll accomplish two tasks at once.”

He expects the session to last approximately from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Shiawassee team operates self-sufficiently, with its own command trailer and food. However, Weeks is seeking donations to help feed the volunteers. Donations of bread, buns, lunch meat, beverages, paper plates and cash can be taken to city hall. Questions should be directed to Laurie Schisler who is coordinating supplies for the local participants.

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