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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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    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.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

Fayette cemetery prices changing 2013.01.23

Written by David Green.

The cost of burial at Fayette's Pleasant View Union Cemetery is going up April 1, and cemetery board members also approved a fee change for non-residents.

With the current fee structure, non-resident grave purchases cost double the amount for residents—$400 and $200. Starting in April, all graves will cost $300, but non-residents will pay an extra $100 for grave opening services.

The board has discussed a fee increase for several months and sexton Jason Ferguson checked with some other area communities to look at their charges.

"We are still considerably cheaper than many nearby cemeteries," Ferguson said, "but our operations are supplemented greatly by the tax millage on our residents."

All property owners in Gorham Township, including the village, pay a small levy for cemetery operation. Since residents pay to help operate the cemetery, they have been charged a cheaper rate for grave space. However, residents sometimes buy a grave for a non-resident to get the cheaper price. That's perfectly legal, Ferguson said, but the board sees the practice as a loss of revenue for cemetery operation. 

With the new rates, the cost of space is the same for everyone, but non-residents will pay $100 extra for grave openings. The cost to open grave remains $350 for residents and non-residents will pay $450.

If a resident has been "displaced" due to long-term nursing care, the extra $100 fee will be waived if proof of residency is shown.

Board members approved a new additional fee of $200 for a grave opening on a federal holiday. The price for monument concrete foundations remains unchanged at $200.

Grave sales are by appointment only. Call the cemetery office at 419/237-2466 and leave a message for the sexton, Jason Ferguson.

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