Ned Newlin named First Baptist Church 7.23

Written by David Green.

A familiar face has taken the pulpit at Morenci’s First Baptist Church. Pastor Ned Newlin began serving as minister at the church in April, but has served as Sunday School teacher and pulpit supply in the past.

Pastor Newlin has a broad background of full and part-time ministry in Lutheran, Congregational and Brethren churches, as well as Youth Camp ministries. He also has a background in marketing and business management.

He and his late wife, Delila, raised five children, Ned of Port Orchard, Wash., John and Glen of Blissfield, Mich., Melissa Mutter of LaSalle, Mich., and Sharilyn Shoemaker, DVM, of Morenci. The union also resulted in 15 grandchildren.

Pastor Newlin and Rita Shaver of Findlay, Ohio, were united in marriage May 17, 2008. Rita and her late husband raised two children, Douglas Shaver and Lisa Reamer of Fostoria, Ohio, and had seven grandchildren.

The Newlins say they are excited about their ministry in Morenci. They enjoy the friendly atmosphere of the community and are looking forward to getting acquainted with the area.

The couple enjoys traveling and visiting with family. Pastor Newlin is an active amateur radio enthusiast and also enjoys bicycling.

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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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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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    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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