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.

Correspondence 2012.06.20

Written by David Green.

When Jeanne Johnson of rural Fayette read the recent Observer story about an antique bell with “Morenci Mich” cast into the yoke, it sort of rang a bell in her her head.

She got out a ladder to take a close look at the bell in her yard and sure enough, it looked exactly the same as the one in the paper on June 6.

The bell came from the homestead where her husband, Curt, grew up. Early settlers first built a cabin, Jeanne said, followed by a barn and finally a house. Curt remembers being told that his relatives acquired the bell when they lived in the cabin. 

“The house was built in 1890, so the bell would have to be older than that,” Jeanne said.

She hadn’t looked at the bell in a long time, but she recalls being curious about it years ago when she worked at a hospital.

“I knew it had Morenci on it when we moved it here,” she said, “and I used to ask older residents at the hospital if they knew whether bells were ever made in Morenci.”

No one ever knew, she said, so the “Morenci Mich No. 3” bell remains a mystery.

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