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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.

2011.01.05 Is there an alien in your future?

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Every now and then I’ll run across something that makes me wonder how I could be so out of the loop that I never heard about it.

Is it because I don’t get around to watching TV? Am I spending too much time at work? Should I be doing something with my free time other than watching movies?

What I’m talking about are the UFO reports from China. I never knew that UFOs were shutting down airports in China, not until I came across the Prophecy News Watch website.

I asked Mr. Google to show me some  predictions for 2011 and was directed to Prophecy News, a service whose purpose is this: “We give you filtered news as it relates to Bible prophecy.”

Scrolling through their headings, this one caught my eye: The Rapture, Aliens and the Great Lie. That’s when I learned about what’s been going on in China. We aren’t just talking about swamp gas like we had in our part of the country back in the 1960s.

Once again I sought the advice of Mr. Google and discovered there are 5.5 million references to the Great UFOs Over China incident, of which I knew nothing.

As of early October, there had been eight sightings since June. Not surprising since one report is generally followed by several others.

According to a Wikipedia article, China hasn’t had much in the way of UFO sightings over the years, so they’re certainly due some excitement. This has been referred to as China’s latest export boom.

You can find most anything on the web. For example, an entire village has disappeared in China since the UFO visits. Top officials in India and China are well aware of an alien base located deep in the earth on the Himalayan border. China has plans to create a UFO embassy.

Prophecy News has this all figured out. The Rapture will result in the sudden disappearance of hundreds of millions of people. World-wide panic will follow as people puzzle over the event. The Anti-Christ will appear and tell the Great Lie, which just might suggest that these disappearing people were abducted by aliens. As Ronald Reagan said in 1987, an alien attack would unite the entire world.

The Prophecy writer makes some references to movies and writes about a new one called Skyline in which people will be snatched by aliens. He thinks it will “sow the seeds of suggestion in the minds of millions of people around the world.” Hence, the Rapture is coming soon, as it has been for years.

There’s an interesting side-track to this story. It’s about the Pope’s astronomer and his statement that he would gladly baptize an alien—if requested to do so—no matter how many tentacles it has.

I was surprised that I didn’t know about the UFOs in China, but with Photoshop and military planes, etc., I’m not surprised about the existence of the reports. But I really am surprised to learn that the Pope has an astronomer, Guy Consolmagno, and I’m even more surprised to learn that he’s referred to as “one of the Pope’s astronomers.”

This one would be delighted if alien life were to be found. This one says that intelligent design is bad theology, a pseudoscientific version of creationism. The culture wars do no good for science or religion, he says. Science and religion coexist just fine in his world.

Why would the Pope have astronomers? I found an interview with Brother Guy and learned that the Vatican has employed an astronomer since the calendar reform of 1582. Currently there are a dozen astronomers at the Vatican. They’ve been instructed to do good science. They each have their own program to study, such as string theory, meteor dust, cosmology, planetary science.

Brother Guy is also the curator of the Pope’s meteorite collection.

When 2011 comes to a close, the previous sentence just might remain as one of my favorites from By The Way for the entire year.

It seems there might be an alien in your future and I hope you don’t find that too troubling. When I think about aliens, I’m transported back to a frightening evening at the Rex Theatre when I was about 10 years old. “I Married a Monster from Outer Space.” Take care; they’re all around us.

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