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.

Betts, Iris Belle

Written by David Green.

Iris Belle (Kunkle) Betts, 81, died Oct. 23,  2007, at Benzie County Medical Care Facility in Frankfort, Mich.

She was born Oct. 2, 1926, in Lenawee County, Mich., the daughter of Vernon and Gladys (Corkle) Kunkle. She married Kenneth Betts in 1949, and he survives in Frankfort.

Iris graduated from Fayette High  School and then moved to Lansing, Mich. She was employed as a legal secretary for Thomas C. Walsh, in Lansing, retiring in 1983.

Her hobbies included reading, art classes, painting, traveling and her exercise classes at the “Y”. She also enjoyed watching the lightning show of a thunderstorm. She will be missed for her jokes and her enthusiasm for life and nature.

Besides her husband, Iris is survived by a son, Stephen Betts of Frankfort; a sister, Olive (and Eugene) Goff of Frankenmuth, Mich., and Sun City West, Ariz.; a brother-in-law, Richard Seibly of Fountain Hills, Ariz.; a sister-in-law, Marjorie Simon of Manotic, Ontario,  Canada; three nieces; three nephews; and an uncle, Robert Corkle, of North  Carolina.

She was preceded in death her parents; two sisters, Willo Kunkle and Faye L. Seibly.

Graveside services are scheduled at Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette, Ohio, at noon Nov. 8,  followed by a luncheon at R&H Restaurant, 416 E. Main  St., in Fayette.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Cancer Society.

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