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.

Black, Jannie

Written by David Green.

Jannie L. Black, 54, of Hillsdale, Mich., died Feb. 20, 2010, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, Mich.

She was born Nov. 7, 1955, in Hudson, Mich., to Don and Wyla (Carr) Brown. She married H. Nevarrow Black on June 15, 1974, and he survives.

Jannie worked in the Andy Adams sale barn hay office for many years. She was a former member of the Moose Lodge, Eagles, American Legion and Pythian Sisters. She was an avid Bingo player and she enjoyed spending time with her grandson, Thorne.

Besides her husband, Jannie is survived by a son, Aaron Black of Pittsford, Mich.; a grandson, Thorne Black of Homer, Mich.; eight sisters, Diane (and Gary) Howard, Kathy (and Terry) Ragless and Becky Smith all of Adrian, Mich., Robin (and Doyle) Pike and Jennifer (and Don) Thompson, both of Morenci, Mich., Dawn Smith of Ransom, Mich., Jo Anne (and Ed) Frazier of West Unity, Ohio, and Tina Clement of Hudson; three brothers, Donald Brown, Jr., of Stockbridge,  Mich., Thomas (and Melissa) Brown of Jonesville, Mich., and Dan Brown of Hillsdale; father- and mother-in-law, Herb and Yvonne Black of Pittsford; a brother-in-law, Vandaris Black of Pittsford; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Rose; a brother, Ron; and two brothers-in-law, Ken Smith and Doug Clement.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday at VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale with Dr. Sam Wickard officiating. Burial will follow in Lickley’s Corner Cemetery in Wright Township.

Visitation is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family of Jannie Black or Liberty Bible Church.

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