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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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.

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