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.

Dunbar, Laverne

Written by David Green.

Laverne Dunbar, 91, of Main Street, Morenci, Mich., died Sept. 20, 2006 at Kison’s Adult Foster Care, just north of Hudson.

She was born April 23, 1915 in Chesterfield Township, Ohio, the daughter of Bert and Orla (Markley) Johnston. She married Lem Dunbar on Sept. 26, 1937 in Angola, Ind., and he preceded her in death, Aug. 7, 1997.

Laverne graduated from Chesterfield High School in 1933, and  was a homemaker who lived most of her life in the Morenci area. She loved gardening, cooking, playing cards and crossword puzzles. She dearly loved her children and grandchildren and will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Laverne is survived by two sons, Gene (and Beverly) Dunbar of Jonesville, Mich., and Duane Dunbar (and friend, Teresa Wright) of Morenci; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and one brother, Willis Johnston of Fairfield.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Lillian Beasley and Vera Knisel, and two brothers, Lloyd and Wayne Johnston.

Funeral services are  at 11 a.m. Sept. 23 at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation is planned from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 22, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Hillsdale County.

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