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.

Fayette council 2013.05.30

Written by David Green.

The Ohio EPA’s Surface Water Division conducted its annual inspection of Fayette’s water treatment lagoons and found only a few minor problems.

“Overall it was a pretty good inspection,” village administrator Steve Blue told council members last week. “They said the lagoon area was in good shape.”

Blue said the agency reviewed records and found some violations related particular days, such as an excess of total suspended solids one day in July and an excess of oil and grease during a four-day stretch in March.

The village will be required to explain the anomalies and tell how to prevent them in the future.

Blue gave an update on the village sewer separation project, stating that contractor Gleason is not currently requesting over-night work. Instead, the company hopes to convince the Ohio Department of Transportation to close U.S. 20 completely. The company will seek closure for about five days when the work progresses west to an area near the funeral home.

Blue said the park board is talking with private individuals for the operation of the park concession stand after negotiations with the sophomore class came to an end.

BILLING—Council’s Public Works committee will meet again to continue discussing changes to the policy governing bill collections. New wording might be ready for council to consider at its June 26 meeting.

PLANNER—The new Regional Planning Commission director David Wright introduced himself to council. He worked as a planner in Lima and Ft. Wayne prior to taking the Fulton County position.

He hopes to address what he sees as some possible outreach shortfalls in the rural portions of the county.

SEAT BELTS—Police chief Jason Simon said a recent Click-it-or-Ticket effort at the high school showed that drivers in 42 vehicles were wearing seat belts and drivers in two vehicles were not.

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