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.

Hog barns lost in blaze 2013.05.15

Written by David Green.

A fire Thursday night ripped through two hog barns and another single-story barn at the Nick VanStaveren farm on Elliott Highway.

Morenci firefighters were called at 10:30 p.m. Thursday and remained at the scene until 3 a.m. 

The fire department’s priority was to limit exposure to other buildings, said officer Brad Lonis, because the barns were beyond saving when trucks arrived.

VanStaveren told Lonis that he and his wife smelled smoke and as it continued to grow stronger, he looked outside and discovered the barns in flames.

Wind was blowing ash and coals toward the house, Lonis said, and fire-fighters were able to prevent damage to the residence. They were also successful in saving an outbuilding.

“The guys on the initial crew took a lot of heat,” Lonis said. “They did a heck of a job to save the other building.”

Cory Holt, R.J. Robinson, Tyler Schell and Nate Rutkowski were forced to work in between two of the barns in order to cool down the area near the outbuilding.

Eighteen Morenci firefighters were on the scene and about 30,000 gallons of water was used. Fairfield, Madison Township, Lyons, Clayton and Hudson assisted Morenci while Fayette sent a truck to Morenci’s station.

The farm is located between Horton and Bryant roads.

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