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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.

Collins, Lee

Written by David Green.

Lee Collins, 69, died July 6, 2010, at his son’s home in Bryan, Ohio, surrounded by his family.

He was born March 24, 1941, in Danville, Ky., to Fred and Cordie (Turner) Collins. He married Sandy Stubbins on Nov. 19, 1960, at West Rome Baptist Church, and she survives.

Lee worked at Hydro Aluminum for 35 years. He attended Jasper Bible Church and was a member of the Moose Lodge. He was an avid golfer and made many trips to Myrtle Beach with his friends. Above all, Lee was a family man and loved attending his grandchildren’s activities.

Besides his wife, Lee is survived by his children, Robert Collins of Sylvania,  Ohio, Richard (and Kristy) Collins of Adrian,  Mich., Kimberley (and Ken) Rau of Sylvania, Lee (and Kathy) Collins, Jr., of Rockford, Mich., Russell (and Lisa) Collins of Bryan, Heather (and Joe) Downs of Manitou Beach, Mich., and Gary (and Kim) Collins of Sylvania; 13 grandchildren, Jake, Kylee, Nick, Drew, Brent, Alex, Benjamin, Caleb, Chandler, Lyndrea, Lucas, Lexi and Landen; siblings, Beulah (and Lawrence) Griewahn of Adrian, Christine Murphy of Cincinnati, Shirley (and Charlie) Sullivan of Winter Haven, Fla., and George (and Pat) Collins of Palm Desert, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Blanche Parker.

Funeral services are scheduled at 3 p.m. Friday, July 9, at Wagley Funeral Home in Adrian, with Rev. Bruce Jewett officiating. Burial will follow in North Rome Cemetery. Visitation is planned from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Jasper Bible Church or Hospice of Williams and Fulton Counties.

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