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.

Johnston, Barbara

Written by David Green.

Barbara Jean Johnston, 82, of Morenci, died Oct. 2, 2007, in Madison Township.

She was born Feb. 5, 1925, in Adrian, the daughter of Norman and Uva (Ash) Myers. She married Virgil J. Johnston on July 8, 1946, in Monroeville, Ind., and he preceded her in death, Sept. 7, 1986.

Barbara was a homemaker who lived all her life in the Morenci area. She graduated from Sand Creek High School in 1943. She attended the Morenci United Methodist Church and was a life member of the Morenci Eagles.

Barbara is survived by three sons, Norm (and Angie) Johnston of Surfside, S.C., Jim (and Diane) Johnston of Macomb, Mich., and Larry (and Debbie) Johnston of Wauseon, Ohio; six grandchildren, Brandon (and Cindy) Johnston, Jeremy Johnston, Chris (and JoDee) Johnston, Lindsay (and Steve) Klein, Jenny (and Charlie) Bryan, and Justine Johnston, Jessica and Christine Schuette; three great-grandchildren, Cooper and Sutton Johnston and Cooper Bryan; and a sister, Betty Ayers of Adrian.

Besides her husband, Barbara was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, Danny Patterson.

Funeral services are scheduled at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci with Rev. Rich Burstall officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.

Visitation is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Morenci American Legion to support a representative for Boys’ or Girls’ State.

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