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.

Morenci city council 2012.01.11

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Morenci CPA Philip Rubley is pleased with the city’s financial position and he commended new treasurer Crystal White for her work.

During the annual city audit report Monday, Rubley noted that the city continues to show improvement.

“Over the last few years, you’ve done nothing but improve your position,” he said. 

The city is now able to meet his recommendation of maintaining cash reserves to cover at least three months of operation.

Rubley pointed toward the general fund as an indication of the improvement. Revenue exceeded expenditures by $39,202, increasing the general fund balance at the end of the fiscal year (June 30, 2011) to $306,414.

“All funds are in good shape and all are meeting their function,” Rubley said.

He singled out the EMS budget as a highlight, noting that the fund finally has some cash flow. The fund showed an excess of $26,000 at the end of the fiscal year.

Rubley said the audit was marred by one deficit, but it wasn’t the city’s fault. The capital projects fund was $10,700 at the end of the year because a payment from the state had not yet arrived for the parking lot project.

Rubley noted that White was late in completing some bank reconciliations, but he said the treasurer was new to the position and had a lot to learn. In the current fiscal year, she work is on time.

“I think Crystal did a very good job,” he said,  adding that he was impressed with her success in obtaining payment for some overdue accounts.

Total debt stands at $1.18 million. The largest portion, $775,000, is from the downtown streetscape project which should be paid off in 2018. 

Rubley concluded his audit report by telling council that city government is holding its own during tough times.

“I’m very pleased with it,” he said.

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