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.

Rev. Donna Galloway serving Morenci United Methodist 08.11.2010

Written by David Green.

galloway.donna.jpgMaybe it was just meant to be, says  Donna Galloway, the new pastor at Morenci’s First United Methodist Church. After all, it happened too quickly for any planning—either on her part or from the church hierarchy.

Donna served as a pastor with the Salvation Army for more than 20 years, working in five U.S. cities plus Zambia. Eventually she stepped out of the ministry, settled in Hubbard Lake near her hometown of Alpena, and began attending a Methodist church.

Once her children were grown and off on their own or in college, she and her husband, Ted, talked about what would come next in their lives.

“We need to get back to the ministry,” Donna said.

The Galloways had always worked as a team in the Salvation Army, and after Ted became disabled in an accident, Donna was hesitant to go it alone.

After a friend helped her work through that reluctance, she started the process of becoming ordained through the United Methodist Church.

In late June she was called for an interview and she expected to hear back from headquarters within the usual 60- to 90-day period for placement at a church.

Instead, the very next day she was called to meet with a committee at the Morenci church. Both she and the committee decided Morenci might make a good fit and then Donna received another surprise: She was to begin serving the next week, July 1.

After that “instant” assignment, the Galloways are still in the process of moving their 12-year accumulation of possessions to Morenci.

Donna said her job here is officially considered part-time, but that doesn’t really mean much to her.

“I’ve never done anything half way,” she said.

Although she’s worked in cities including Chicago, Detroit and Grand Rapids, Donna says she’ll take a small town any day because of the sense of community that it provides.

The Galloways have a grown child in Alpena and another in Hubbard Lake. Their third daughter will soon begin her senior year at Grand Valley State.

In her free time, Donna enjoys writing, photography and flower gardening. She’s also intrigued with antique tables and chairs, and the stories behind them.

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