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.

Michigan's motorcycle helmet law changes 2012.04.25

Written by David Green.

The day that Michigan’s new motorcycle helmet law took effect, Morenci Chief of Police Larry Weeks spotted a few bikers out the street without helmets.

It’s true, as of April 13, the repeal of Michigan’s helmet law took effect, but Chief Weeks questions whether all the riders who immediately went out bareheaded were actually following the law.

He was referring to the requirement that helmetless riders must carry an additional $20,000 in medical insurance coverage.

In addition, riders 21 years of age and older must have had a motorcycle license endorsement for at least two years or have completed a motorcycle safety course. Those under 21 must still wear a helmet.

The change in the law makes Michigan the 31st state to make helmets optional and the last state bordering the Great Lakes to join in. Some critics of the helmet law charged that it resulted in an enormous loss of tourism dollars.

On the other hand, insurance companies and safety advocates say the change will increase premiums for everyone in the state to help cover the cost of accidents.

An analysis by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning analysis estimates that the change will result in 30 additional fatalities, 127 more incapacitating injuries and $129 million in additional economic costs.

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