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.

Jones, Melvin "Babe"

Written by David Green.

Melvin L. “Babe” Jones, 90, of Fayette,  Ohio, died April 23, 2010, at his home.

He was born July 24, 1919, in Dearborn, Mich., to the late William and Cora (Park) Jones. He married Pauline Bacon at the Wauseon Methodist Church on March 2, 1940, and they shared 70 years of marriage.   

Babe grew up in Dearborn, where he graduated from Henry Ford Trade School, and began his career as a tool and die maker. He came to Fayette in the late 1930s, assuming a role in the construction of the Fayette Manufacturing plant. It was in Fayette where he met Pauline, the love of his life, and he made countless friendships and bonds too numerous to name.

Babe proudly served his country in World War II, serving two years in the United States Navy in the South Pacific. Babe later founded Quality Tube Service in 1970, and served as the president of the company until his passing.

In 2008, Babe and Pauline were crowned King and Queen of the Fulton County Fair.

Babe, a true outdoorsman and avid sports fan, was a member of numerous organizations including Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Wild Turkey Foundation, White Tail Foundation, the National Firearms Association, and the Fayette Athletic Boosters. He collected art prints and duck decoys, and he enjoyed attending antique car shows and traveling, hunting and fishing.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Joyce (and Jim) Fruchey of Fayette; a son, Jamie (and Sandy) Jones of Big Rapids, Mich.; a brother, Chester Jones of Leesburg, Fla.; two grandchildren, Brian (and Lesley) Fruchey and Corey (and Melanie) Fruchey, all of Fayette; five great-grandchildren, Hailey (and Dustin) Tuley, and McKenzie, Alexis, Kelsey and Trista Fruchey; and two step-great-grandchildren, Tyler and Katelyn Downing.

Babe was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Clifford, Merle, Harold, Donald, and Raymond;  two sisters, Twila Jones in infancy, and Dorothy Brockmiller.        

A funeral service is planned at 2 p.m. Monday, April 26, at the Fayette United Methodist Church with Pastor Kathy Currier officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Visitation is scheduled from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette and on Monday, from 1 p.m. until time of service at the church.

Memorials are suggested to the Fayette United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society.

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