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.

Schmidt, Justin

Written by David Green.

Justin Schmidt, 27, of Flint, Mich., died May 14, 2010, at McLaren Hospital in Flint.

He was born Sept. 27, 1982, in Adrian, Mich., the son of Ronald and Teresa (Schmidt) Eller.  On Nov. 14, 2009, in Grand Blanc, Mich., he married Linda Taylor and she survives.

Justin was a landscaper living in the Flint area for the past six years. He enjoyed the outdoors, drawing, camping, bonfires, and spending time with his family.

Besides his wife, Justin is survived by three sons, Jayden and Alex Schmidt of Flint and Ethen Sloan of Indiana; his parents, Ron and Teresa Eller of Morenci; a sister, Ashley (and Will) Ables of Morenci; a brother, Jeremy Eller of Morenci; grandparents, Nancy and Ralph Schmidt of Wauseon, Ohio, and Evelyn and Tom Becker of Delta, Ohio; and several nephews and cousins.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 19, at the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci, with Rev. William VanValkenburg officiating.  Burial will take place at a later date. Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family of Justin Schmidt.

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