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.

Pontious, James

Written by David Green.

James K. Pontious, 69, of Alvordton, Ohio, died, May 4, 2010, at home under the care of his family and hospice.

He was born Oct. 9, 1940, to Kenneth and Esther Pontious in Delta, Ohio. Jim married Rose Mary (Repka) Eisel on June 7, 1980, and she survives. 

Jim worked for many years as a farm tire serviceman, and particularly enjoyed the years when he was the owner and operator of Jim’s Tire Service. He attended Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Fayette, Ohio, and was a volunteer member of the Alvordton Fire Department. Jim’s biggest joy was spending time with his family, whether it was working on projects together, playing together, or praying together. He also enjoyed the winters spent in southern Alabama.

In addition to his wife, Rose Mary, he is survived by children and step-children, Sandra (and George) Gagle of Pickerington, Ohio, Ronald (and Pat) Eisel of Alvordton, James (and Pam) Eisel of West Unity, Ohio, Robert (and Bobbie) Eisel of Alvordton, Randy (and Becky) Eisel of Ney, Ohio, Scott (and Michelle) Eisel of Delta, Ohio, Scott (and Jan) Pontious of Wauseon, Ohio, Shawn Pontious of Alaska, Shannon (and Sara) Pontious of Indiana, and Sara (and Chris) Bloomer of Wauseon; son-in-law, Robert Momyer of West Unity; mother-in-law, Rose Repka of Delta; two sisters, Betty Hall and Mary Crook, both of California; two brothers, Robert Pontious and Richard Pontious, both of Wauseon; 37 grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Jane Momyer; and father-in-law, Joe Repka.

A Mass of Christian Burial is planned at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 8, at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Fayette with Rev. Father Gary Ferguson as celebrant. Private interment will take place at a later date at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel  in Fayette, with a scripture prayer service planned at 7:30 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church or to the Alvordton Fire Department.

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