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. Paul Baker joins Fayette Nazarene 01.26.2011

Written by David Green.

pastor_paul_baker_familyWhen Rev. Paul Baker takes over the pulpit next week at Fayette Church of the Nazarene, his face might look familiar.

He and his wife, Denise, sang and spoke last March at the church’s spring revival.

That wasn’t the first time Rev. Baker became acquainted with Rev. Winston Hatcliff, who recently retired from the ministry after serving the Fayette congregation for the past 26 years. They connected several times during district meetings.

“We got to know Winston and Debbie over the past two years,” Rev. Baker said. “We consider it an honor to replace them.”

Rev. Baker grew up in New Philadelphia, Ohio, and attended Mt. Vernon Nazarene University to obtain a teaching degree in music education.

While serving as band director at a high school, he was also engaged in part-time music ministry, and that’s when he decided he would rather be preaching than teaching.

He was ordained through the Church of the Nazarene district extension program and began serving in Logan, Ohio, as music director and associate pastor.

The Bakers lived in Indianapolis for six years where Paul worked as the youth and music pastor. He then struck out on his own and became the senior pastor at the Nazarene Church in St. Paris, Ohio.

His wife, Denise, earned a vocal performance degree at Judson College. The Bakers have two children: Ellen, 13, and Max, 11.

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