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.

Renovation complete at Fayette library 2012.09.12

Written by David Green.

F.library.1When Fayette’s Normal Memorial Library re-opened recently after closure for renovation, patrons thought they were seeing new seating and new computers.

It’s true there’s a lot of new carpet and a new table for computers, but that’s mostly where the “new” ends, with one big exception—a new arrangement of the old.

Bookcases have been moved—sometimes turned in a different direction—to create a new use of the existing space. The new look has fooled some visitors into thinking the library actually grew in size.

A new reading area was created in the middle of main library, bringing into clear view chairs that have been part of the library for years. The reading area used to be located in the back and was largely blocked by bookcases. Now, an inviting area greets patrons when they enter the facility and it’s getting a lot more use.

The former computer tables were replaced with a work station that places the computers around a table for better use of space.

Videos are available to buy at the library as the movie collection converts to DVD only—another space-saving change.

On the children’s side, a desk was moved and bookcases rearranged to create a much larger space for programs. The children’s area also has new carpeting.

Some “weeding” of books is also underway to make for a less crowded look.

Library staff members invite area residents in get a first-hand look at the “new and bigger” library.

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