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.

Stephens, Edgar

Written by David Green.

Edgar J. Stephens, 74, of Burley St., Morenci, Mich., died Jan. 17, 2006.

He was born Sept. 14, 1931 in Inola, Okla., the son of Benjamin and Susie (Nichols) Stephens. He married Lillian Leota Gordon on Jan. 3, 1951 in Arkansas and she preceded him in death March 3, 1998.

E.J. lived in the Morenci area since 1954. He served in the U.S. Navy in the Korean War and was a proud veteran. He was employed at Stubnitz & Green in Adrian for 29 years, until they closed. He then sold golf course equipment, worked as an exterminator and was an avid woodworker.

E.J. is survived by two daughters, Tonya (and Gary) Porterfield of Indianapolis, Ind., and Connie (and Larry) Stover of Morenci; a son, Chris (and Jackie) Stephens of Jackson, Mich.; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and a sister, Bessie Piguet of Claremore, Okla. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; five sisters and one brother.

Funeral services were Jan. 20 at Morenci Bible Fellowship Church with Rev. James Yatzek officiating. Burial was in the Center Dover Cemetery east of Clayton. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci handled the arrangements.

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