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.

Borton, Hazel "Kate"

Written by David Green.

Hazel “Kate” Borton, 95, of Morenci, Mich., died Dec. 28, 2009, at Lenawee Medical Care Facility in Adrian.  

She was born Jan. 30, 1914, in Fulton County, Ohio, the daughter of Clifford and Amanda (Taylor) Head. She married Forest Dale “F.D.” “Red” Borton on April 11, 1932, in Wauseon, Ohio, and he preceded her in death July 23, 1994.

Kate was a graduate of Chesterfield High School and lived in the Morenci and Wauseon areas all her life. She was employed as a bookkeeper at Bancroft Cleaners in Morenci and was a member of the Morenci American Legion Auxiliary and the Morenci Eagles.

Kate is survived by two daughters, Carol (and Eldon) Crawfis of Farmington Hills, Mich., and Janet Herriott of Morenci; five sons, Richard (and Rita) Borton of Riverside, Calif., Larry (and Jean) Borton of Morenci, R.D. Borton and Robert Borton both of Manitou Beach and Darrel (and Barbara) Borton of Kennewick, Wash.; 21 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Helen Huston of Morenci; a brother, Clifford Head, Jr., of Austin, Texas; and a sister-in-law, Doris Head of Fayette, Ohio.

Besides her husband, Kate was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Shirley; a son, James; a grandson, Mark McDowell; a sister, Phyllis Kibbee; and two brothers, William and Stanley Head.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 1, at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci, with Rev. William VanValkenburg officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Memorial contributions may be made to a local food bank or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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