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.

Bates, Jerry

Written by David Green.

Jerry L. Bates, 70, of Wauseon, Ohio, died Oct. 30, 2007, in Dover Township, Mich.

He was born Nov. 25, 1936, in Fulton County, Ohio, to Frank and Emily (Vermette) Bates. He married Myrna Smatts in Chesterfield Township on July 20, 1958, and she survives.

Jerry graduated from Chesterfield Dover High School in 1954. He retired from S.E. Johnson Co. in Maumee, Ohio, after 28 years of service. He was a Chesterfield Township trustee for 12 years. He enjoyed golfing, hunting and fishing, and he dearly loved his children and grandchildren.

Besides his wife, Jerry is survived by one son, Steven (and Barbara) Bates of Lyons, Ohio; one daughter, Jerri (and Greg) Ruger of Wauseon; five grandchildren, Katie, Megan and Brock Bates and Anthony and Jeremy Ruger; three sisters,  Agnes Ohlinger of Holland, Ohio, Carol (and Danny) Wilson of Wauseon, and Edith (and Derald) Seiler of Archbold; three brothers, Robert (and Margaret) Bates and Lyle (and Shirley) Bates, both of Wauseon, and Ben (and Nancy) Bates of Fayette.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Alvin, Elmer, Wayne, and Chester; and one sister, in infancy.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci with Rev. Rick Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Butler Cemetery in Chesterfield Township, Ohio.

Visitation is planned from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Chesterfield Township building fund.

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