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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's Ohio Street water line may be replace 2013.01.16

Written by David Green.

Fayette village council hopes to address a troublesome water issue while construction workers are already in town for the sewer project.

An old water line has broken repeatedly over recent years on Ohio Street leading toward Fayette Feed Mill and village administrator Steve Blue is working with the Arcadis engineering firm to replace the line.

Blue told council members last week that Arcadis will look over the area and determine the best place for a new line.

"I hope to incorporate it into the CSO [sewer] project and then Fayette will pay 25 percent of the cost," he said. The larger portion of the cost would come from the contingency fund of the sewer project, if approved by the Ohio EPA. He figures the line would likely break during construction of the sewer line project anyway.

Council member Julia Ruger was concerned about the cost of the project, but Dave Wheeler sees the work in a different way.

"If we don't fix it in this project, it will cost us a lot more later," he said—the entire cost rather than 25 percent.

Wheeler noted that village workers have had to dig up the street at least seven times in the past two years to repair breaks.

The village's share of the cost could pay for itself, Blue suggested, by eliminating the need for future repairs.

Blue put a rough estimate on the Ohio Street work at $20,000 for trenching and laying the new line.

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