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.

Jeff Shadbolt competes in his first PBA event 5.13.09

Written by David Green.

Morenci bowler Jeff Shadbolt placed the highest among Lenawee Country participants last month in the third annual Adrian Open. The event marked Shadbolt’s first competition as a member of the Professional Bowler’s Association (PBA).

Lenawee Recreation was the host site for the annual event honoring national touring competitor Mike Koivuniemi.

Koivuniemi, ranked 49th in the PBA list of the 50 best bowlers of all time, competed in the Adrian event April 17-19 along with several other national touring players.

“It was pretty neat,” Shadbolt said, and it was also a little intimidating going up against Koivuniemi. “I had to compete against some of the guys you see on TV. I just wanted to be competitive.”

He accomplished that, placing 33rd among 82 entries with an eight-game total of 1,705 and a 213 average.

“I was just 20 pins out of the money,” Shadbolt said.

He’s had some help from other area PBA members he knows, and he ended up beating the one who has given him the most assistance.

Other county entries were Derek Hively, Matt Richard, Darrin Griewahn and Jim Hennessey.

Shadbolt recorded a 216 average in Morenci this year, good enough for the second best standing in 50 years of Mor-N-C Lanes history.

He submitted his statistics with an application to the PBA and was given membership. That gives him the opportunity to enter the qualifying round of PBA events, but he expects to mostly compete in the central region, where many of the events are in Ohio and southern Michigan.

Regional events are scheduled during the summer; national competition takes place in the winter.

Shadbolt figures he started bowling when he was a preschooler as he followed his father, Ken, to the bowling alley. He gave it up for a few years, then started in again when he was in middle school. He hasn’t stopped since.

Now he’s making PBA participation a family tradition, following his father as a qualifying member of the national organization.

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