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.

Hibbard, Linda

Written by David Green.

Linda L. Hibbard, 60, of W. Main St. in Fayette, Ohio, died Feb. 3, 2006 at home with her husband of 42 years at her side, after battling cancer for four years.

She was born July 10, 1945 in Wauseon, Ohio, the first of five daughters, to Clifford and Florence (Leininger) Ziegler. She married Nelson Hibbard on Nov. 10, 1963 at St. James Lutheran Church in Burlington, Ohio, and he survives.

Linda was office administrator at Camp Palmer at Harrison Lake near Fayette for the past seven years, retiring in 2005. She graduated from Northwest State Community College in Archbold and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa Academic Honor Fraternity and Alpha Omicron Mu.

While raising her sons, Linda was very active in the community. She was a Cub Scout den leader and served as treasurer, was a member of the Gorham Fayette School PTA, and was a member of the Fayette Child Study Club for 35 years.

Linda spent numerous hours with her granddaughters, handing down the sewing, knitting, crocheting and cooking talents she so loved, which were passed on to her by her mother.

Besides her husband, Linda is survived by three sons, Brad (and Laura) Hibbard of Waterville, Ohio; Trevor (and Lynette) and Tadd Hibbard, both of Fayette; four grandchildren, Alec Sills and Evan, Adrianna and Jennaya Hibbard; four sisters, Betsy (and Richard) Wyse, Susan Williams and Daun (and Mike) Figgins, all of Fayette, and Virginia (and Steve) Wolfe of Winter Haven, Fla.; her mother-in-law, Dorothy Hibbard of Fayette, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Allen James Ziegler.

Private funeral services were scheduled at Eagle Funeral Home in Fayette with Rev. Dean Leininger officiating. Burial was in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Memorial contributions may be made to 4-H Camp Palmer.

 

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