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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.

Gov. Kasich moving forward with Ohio Turnpike lease plan 2012.10.17

Written by David Green.

It wasn’t good news to Fayette mayor Ruth Marlatt. Not at all.

When she learned earlier this month that Ohio Governor John Kasich is moving closer to leasing the Ohio Turnpike, her concern about the decision’s impact on Fayette only increased.

Marlatt first spoke to village council members about the issue in February, and in May council voted to join many other communities in northern Ohio by sending a letter of disapproval to the governor.

Kasich spoke about leasing the turnpike to a private firm early in his term as governor. On Oct. 4, he announced in Cleveland that a decision would be made within the next 30 days.

Kasich said during the Cleveland speech that more than a billion dollars would be raised over time by the sale, and those funds could be used to pay for infrastructure needs for a decade. He told business leaders in Cleveland that the bulk of the money would be used for projects in the northern part of the state.

A Texas consulting firm was paid $2.85 million to complete a feasibility study of the proposed sale, according to the Columbus Dispatch, but the results of the study have not yet been released.

If the turnpike isn’t leased to a private firm, Kasich might instead issue bonds against the roadway or have ODOT take over operations.

Critics of the lease plan claim that a similar move in Indiana left its toll road with higher fares and poorer maintenance. Marlatt spoke about the concern of increased traffic on U.S. 20 passing through Fayette as more truckers would look for alternatives to higher fares. The loss of some local jobs is also anticipated.

Ed Kinston of Pioneer, a former turnpike commission member, has said that the interest in a decision to lease the highway would likely focus on the revenue earned rather than the effect of the move to communities along the road.

Some critics have described the plan as short term gain followed by long-term problems, but Gov. Kasich believes action is needed to pay for road and bridge projects.

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