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.

Fayette turbine generator in Dayton for repairs 2011.12.21

Written by David Green.

The wind keeps blowing, the turbine never moves.

The question Fayette school superintendent Russ Griggs hears most often is about the non-functioning wind turbine on the school property.

The 250kW unit went out of service in early October and was disassembled as technicians tried to track down the cause of the malfunction.

The 3,300 pound generator was removed and transported to the Koontz-Wagner electrical contractor facility in Bryan, but later moved to the company’s Lima location for warranty work to begin. Due to damage inside the generator, the equipment must be completely rewound.

The work is expected to be complete by Jan. 6 and the generator will be placed back in the turbine tower soon after that, depending on weather conditions and the availability of a crane. When the equipment was disassembled, the turbine company brought in a large crane from Cleveland.

A short circuit put the turbine out of operation and engineers first suspected a problem with the cable that transports power from the generator down the tower. 

No problems were found with the cable and engineers are now convinced that faulty insulation in the generator caused it to burn out.

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