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.

Frank Kramic opens rock and gem shop 2012.01.18

Written by David Green.

Frank Kramic was a rock collector when he was 12 years old, but it was his father who really took off with the hobby and turned it into a business.

After his father died, Kramic was given the rocks and gems his father had collected from around the world and he opened his own shop.

Kramic moved to Morenci last summer and now Frank’s Rock Shop and Gems is located here, at 234 E. Union St., where he’s winterizing the garage that houses the shop.

He’s on the road working as a truck driver during the week, so business hours are scheduled only on weekends.

All of his jewelry is hand-made in the United States from 100 percent silver and gold, Kramic said, with authentic gems.

His goal is to provide custom jewelry that’s priced cheaper than jewelry stores.

“If I can give people nice stuff for a good price, I’m happy,” he said.

He aims to please buyers and says that if something is wrong with an item or if it breaks, customers should bring it back and he’ll make it right.

Kramic’s shop contains a variety of rocks from around the world.

“China, Japan, Korea, Italy, Brazil—you name it, I’ve got it,” he said.

For additional details, see Frank’s Rocks advertisement in this week’s Observer.

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