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.

Ragless, Berneita

Written by David Green.

Berneita “Trouble” Ragless, died Sept. 22, 2007, at the home of her son, Terry, surrounded by her family.

She was born April 3, 1921, in Lenawee County, Mich., and was adopted by Martin and Florence Coy in 1922. She married Henry Ragless on Aug. 8, 1940, in Jasper, Mich. He preceded her in death July 27, 1990.

Berneita graduated from Adrian High School in 1938, and attended Bob Jones College. She was a member of the Weston Baptist Church and the Jasper Bible Church. She was a member of the Jasper Rebekah Lodge and was Grand Nobel in 1995. She was also a member of the Fairfield Fire Department Auxiliary Flamettes and was very active with the Angus farm, showing cattle with her family for over 30 years.

Berneita is survived by four sons, Thomas of Weston, Mich., Terry (and Kathy) of Adrian, David (and Diane) of Van Buren, Ohio, and Timmie (and Deborah), also of Weston; three daughters, Jacqueline (and Frank) Barlow of Coeburn, Va., Brenda (and Jason) Rice of Huntington, Ind., and Nancy (and James) Saunders of Bakersfield, Calif.; 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Sandra Lea in infancy; a grandson in infancy; and a son, Gregory in 1999.

Funeral services are scheduled at 3 p.m. Thursday at Anderson Funeral Home in Adrian with pastors Bruce and Lloyd Jewett officiating. Burial will follow in Packard Cemetery.

Visitation is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Anderson Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jasper Bible Church or the Fairfield Fire Department.

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