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.

Edwards, Virginia

Written by David Green.

Virginia  Kirby Edwards, 87, of Bedford, W. Va., died Sunday, May 21, 2006.  In her later years, she lived with her daughters, half the year in in Centerville, Va., and half in Morenci. She was born May 29, 1919 in Elkhorn, W. Va., a daughter of the late Roland Gale Kirby and Virginia Gray Kirby.

She was an avid quilter and a charter member of the Peaks and Pieces Quilt Guild. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star of Mt. Hope, W. Va., a member of Trinity Baptist Church of Bedford, Va., and an active friend of the Bedford City/County Museum and the Bedford County Library.  She hand-quilted a wall hanging of barns for Stair Public Library as a lasting legacy of the Smithsonian Institution Barn Again! exhibit at the library. The wall hanging remains on permanent display in the Liz Stella Annex.

Virginia is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth (and Giovanni) Stella of Morenci  and Sylvia (and Robert) S. Hall of Centreville,  Va.; five grandchildren, Jon (and Maria), Greg, Andrew, Bruce (and Mary), and Teresa (and David); five great-grandchildren, Leah, Jane, Annie, Nikolas, Rachel; two sisters, Dorothy Jeter of Mt. Hope, W. Va., and Jane (and Bob) Myers of Midland, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Kirby of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Nellie Kirby of Huntington, W. Va.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Virginia  was preceded in death by her first husband, Denzyl D. Smith, and her husband, Russell Browning Edwards; two brothers, Roland Kirby and Frank Kirby.

Visitation is scheduled today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Tharp Funeral Home in Bedford, Va. Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m., tomorrow, Thursday.

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