The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

  • Front.cheers
    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
  • Family.3.wide
    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.
  • Front.newpaper.2
    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.
  • Front.code.2
    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.
  • Front.skelton.vigil
    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.
  • Front.gym.new
    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.
  • Front.lift
    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.

Wedding: Van Valkenburg/Hill 2011.12.14

Written by David Green.

wedding.vanvalkTimothy Joel Van Valkenburg and Lydia Ann Hill, both of Portsmouth, Va., were united in marriage Sept. 17, at Slayton Arboretum on the campus of Hillsdale College.  The groom’s father, Rev. William Van Valkenburg, pastor of Seneca Community Church, officiated the ceremony.

The groom is the son of Bill and Rosie Van Valkenburg of Seneca. He graduated from Morenci Area High School in 2003, and after attending Cedarville University for a year moved to Portsmouth.

The bride is the daughter of Sam and Christine Hill of Clayton. She graduated from Lenawee Christian School in 2004, then graduated from Michigan State University in 2009 with a degree in human resources.

Holly Ramsey, friend of the bride of Morenci, served as maid of honor and Erin Woods, sister of the bride of El Paso, Texas, served as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were friends of the bride Heidi Miller of Perrysburg, Ohio, and Crystal Hamann and Crystal Van Valkenburg, both of Portsmouth, Va. Abigail Roberts, daughter of the groom’s cousin from Greenfield, Ohio, was flower girl.

William Van Valkenburg, brother of the groom, served as best man. Groomsmen were Andrew Van Valkenburg, brother of the groom of Hudson, Mich., and friends of the groom, Joshua Etter of Sylvania, Ohio, Joshua Keifer of Morenci, Mich., and Loren Delmonico of Adrian, Mich. The ring bearers were Brock Woodard, the bride’s nephew, and Billy Van Valkenburg, the groom’s nephew. 

Steve Garrow of Jackson, Mich., and Colin Pikula of Portsmouth, Va., served as ushers. 

A reception followed the ceremony in the Dow Conference Center on the campus of Hillsdale College.

After a honeymoon trip to Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort in Flintstone, Md.,  the groom returned to his job as a crew leader with the Dow Construction Company of Portsmouth and the bride returned to her duties as the banquet supervisor with the Marriott at City Center in Newport News, Va.

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2016