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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    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.

Morenci administrator interviews set 2013.04.03

Written by David Green.

Interviews are scheduled today, Wednesday, for Morenci's new administrator/city clerk to take over in January for Renée Schroeder.

City council member Tracy Schell will be interviewed at 1 p.m., followed by Morenci mayor Keith Pennington at 3 p.m. At 5 p.m., Kathryn Slusher of Adrian is scheduled to meet with the interviewing committee. The three were selected from a pool of 27 applicants.

Desired qualifications include a background of business-related courses and a willingness to undertake continued training through seminars and workshops.

Candidates are expected to have considerable knowledge of public administration and the operation of government agencies, knowledge of city code and ordinances, experience with financial management and knowledge of personnel administration. Office skills, analytical abilities and leadership qualities are also preferred.

Responsibilities include the preparation of reports and policies to keep city council aware of community needs; to seek grants; prepare and monitor an annual operating budget; insure the fiscal integrity of the city through the maintenance of sound financial records and programs, and to maintain city records.

The person should also supervise elections, maintain employee records, supervise the day recreation program, support the town festival committee, oversee cemetery records, solicit competitive bids and maintain a complex record-keeping system of the entire city business.

Following the interviews, council's Finance and Legal committee will bring a recommendation to the April 8 council study session. The committee will meet with the recommended candidate and discuss pay. If the applicant is satisfied with the offer, the recommendation would be taken to city council at the April 22 meeting.

Council will decide when the new employee should begin working with Schroeder, the existing administrator/clerk, to learn the job.

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