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.

Morenci's Parker Rust Proof land sold 2013.01.09

Written by David Green.

The old Parker Rust Proof property on the west side of Mill Street in Morenci has a new owner. Bill Foster and his brother, Dan, became the owners of the vacant property Monday when the deed was transferred from the Henkel Corporation.

Bill Foster said he started thinking about acquiring the land after he read a story in the Observer about a representative from Henkel talking about the property at a city council meeting.

The property starts at Main Street with a narrow strip of land running along Mill Street where the Parker office building once stood. After that it widens to the west and extends northward past Congress Street.

Foster said the property even includes a narrow strip of land on the west side of Bean Creek along Wakefield Park.

The property adjacent to the Henkel land—the former lumber yard location—is owned by the Morenci Church of the Nazarene. Several years ago church members discussed building a new church and community center on the property.

“We have a few ideas for using the property,” Foster said, although he’s not yet ready to announce specific plans.

The property was at one time listed by the Michigan Department of Environment Quality as having environmental problems, but Henkel addressed the concerns.

Foster said he checked with the DEQ and the only stipulation for development is a prohibition for obtaining drinking water from a well.

Morenci city administrator/clerk Renée Schroeder said she was not aware of any final resolution on the environmental status of the property.

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