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.

Bell, Joanne

Written by David Green.

Joanne Bell, 54, of Morenci, Mich., died Feb. 22, 2010, at Toledo Hospital in Toledo, Ohio.

She was born Feb. 23, 1955, in Wauseon, Ohio, the daughter of Kenneth and Eda (Liechty) Bates. She married Dwight McCarty on April 16, 1977, and he preceded her in death Nov. 25, 1991. On March 20, 1998, she married Larry Bell, Sr. in Toledo, and he survives.

Joanne was a homemaker who lived in the Morenci area all her life. She graduated from Wauseon High School in 1973, and was a member of the New Haven Church.

Besides her husband, Joanne is survived by a daughter, Tobi (and Larry) Bates Wood of Cleveland, Ohio; a sister, Dorene (and Bill) Stubbins of Wauseon; four step-daughters, Gwen McCarty, Paula (and David) French, Amanda Bell, and Tabatha (and David) Bell; four step-sons, Kevin McCarty, Eric (and Lori) McCarty, Larry (and Marcell) Bell, Jr., and Robert Bell; 15 grandchildren, Brian (and Anna) Wood, Ashleigh (and Nick Keesaman) Wood, Alex Ortiz, Anthony Wood, Alyssa Miller, Andrew Wood, Jace Wedel, Larry Bell III, Shaila Wedel, Ashley Bell, Courtney Bell, Maggie Mae Bell, Jossalyn Rose Bell, Alivia Bell and Mariah Bell; three great-grandchildren, Jason Boyer, Brianna Wood and Alex Wood; best friend, Pam (and Brad) Zibbell of Adrian; and she was a second mother to Kimberly (and Marcus) Cottom, Heidi (and Chris) Fleming and Andrew Zibbell.

Besides her first husband, Joanne was preceded in death by her parents; a granddaughter, Alana Bell; and a brother, Alan Bates.

Funeral services are scheduled at 3 p.m. Thursday at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci, with Pastor Robert Hicks officiating. Burial will follow in Butler Cemetery in Chesterfield, Ohio. Visitation is planned from 1 p.m. Thursday until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the America Cancer Society or to the family.

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