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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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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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.

2011.10.12 Kelly Fletcher: Grateful for small-town support

Written by David Green.

One year ago October 14th, our world came crashing down. Our family has not forgotten everything everyone has done to help us deal with the loss of our son, Collin Fletcher.

As this day has been approaching, there are days we all feel that we literally cannot breathe. I want to thank everyone who just lends a shoulder to cry on or an ear to just listen.

Losing a child can turn your whole world upside down. It’s so hard to also see your other children suffer from the loss. My heart also breaks for all of his friends.

Our children are gifts from God. They should never be taken for granted. Our small town has been through more than any group of people should go through. This community is our family. We are one big family, and I’m very proud to say this.

I know Collin is watching over us all. I know he is as proud of this community as we are. The only tears he may have are tears of joy. Collin I know is very honored to call this town “his Small Town U.S.A., his family.”

– Kelly Fletcher

Terry Highway, Morenci

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