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.

Hoadleys open retail store in town 2012.50.09

Written by David Green.

Hoadley’s R & W Nursery has operated northeast of Morenci for years, but the three-mile drive from town has always limited sales, says owner Rich Hoadley.

He and his son, Matt, aim to solve the distance problem with their new retail location on North Street. The store is located between Walnut and Coomer streets, on the west side of the road.

“We’re just hoping to get exposure,” Rich said.

The Hoadleys have brought a piece of the nursery into town with nearly 70 trees from their 50-acre nursery stock.

R&W will have flats of bedding plants and vegetables for sale, but the Hoadleys believe that their landscaping expertise is what sets them apart from others.

The Hoadleys erected a greenhouse at the site to allow shopping even in rainy weather and have installed several cold frames. Mulch is available in bulk in three colors—red, black and natural—and can be delivered free, but ask for details.

There are hanging baskets available now and there will be fresh produce in the summer. When winter arrives, Matt said, they plan to offer Christmas trees, and they will look for other ways to expand the business.

“We’re here for the duration,” Rich said.

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