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.

Fayette levy vote next week 2012.10.31

Written by David Green.

F.streetFayette residents will be asked next week to approve the replacement of two existing levies. Replacing the levies will bring their value up to existing property valuation.

The 2.0-mill park levy was last replaced in 1998, but the 2.9-mill general operating levy has not been updated since 1968. Replacing the park levy would add about $5,600 to help with general maintenance and special projects.

The general operating levy would grow by $21,000—just enough money to cover the cost of the annual loan payment for a village-wide street paving project. A grant covers half the cost of the $401,000 project.

The majority of the village streets will be resurfaced through the combined sewer overflow project, but those that aren't included will be addressed through the paving project.

Village administrator Steve Blue told council members on Wednesday that a few recent changes were made to the sewer project which will then effect the village-wide street resurfacing project. Nearly every street will be resurfaced, but not those considered to be already in good condition.

Curbing is not part of the project—that would have added much more to the cost—although streets should be paved to a standard width and the project will repair the edges of streets that are crumbling.

The owner of a home valued at $75,000 would pay about a dollar a week in additional taxes. Residents who are 65 years and older or disabled can apply for a homestead credit that subtracts $25,000 from the value of a home for taxation purposes.

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