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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    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.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

Program to observe one-year anniversary of Skelton boys disappearance 2011.11.16

Written by David Green.

A year will have soon passed since three Morenci boys—Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton—vanished without a trace, with their father, John, claiming that he gave them away to an organization.

Skelton is now in prison for the unlawful imprisonment of his children while law enforcement agencies continue seeking clues about the boys’ whereabouts.

The boys’ mother, Tanya Zuvers, has planned a one-year service at 2 p.m. Nov. 27 in the Morenci Area High School gymnasium. As family friend Kathye Herrera described the event, the goal is to “thank people and to remind them that we still need to bring the boys home.”

Herrera said the Zuvers family intends to make the event different than a prayer vigil and to offer a program.

Morenci mayor Keith Pennington will discuss the reward fund and Morenci police chief Larry Weeks will present the time-line of events from evidence collected after the boys disappeared.

Music will be provided and tribute will be given by the Skelton boys’ cousin, Ashlyn Timberman.

Information will be given about a video that Tanya Zuvers is creating about her sons and also about a website related to the incident.

Guests are asked to bring flashlights instead of candles.

FLYERS—Morenci police will take part in the distribution of flyers from 4 to 7 a.m. Nov. 25 at the intersection of Morenci Road and U.S. 127.

Phone records indicate that John Skelton may have driven through that area early in the morning a year earlier. Vehicles will be stopped at the intersection to receive an informational flyer, Chief Weeks said.

He’s hoping that someone who regularly drives through the area at that time of day might recall seeing a vehicle off to the side of the road, for example.

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