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.

Montague, Donald "Drag"

Written by David Green.

Donald C. “Drag” Montague, 83, of Fayette, Ohio, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo.

He was born Nov. 19, 1927, in Cardin, Okla., to the late Carl and Sarah (Perryman) Montague. He married Virginia Bailey in Morenci, Mich., on March 12, 1947, and she preceded him in death Aug. 30, 2010.

 Drag attended grade school in Morenci and was well-known in the area for his mechanic skills. He recently owned and operated M & M Auto and was a former mayor of Alvordton. He enjoyed socializing and drinking coffee, and is remembered as a great story-teller. He also liked to play cards and pool.

 Surviving Drag are six daughters, Donna (and Dave) Carpenter of Freeport, Ohio, Jerry (and Charles) McMillen of Adrian, Mich., Debra (and Glenn) Rowe of Brewster, N.Y., Kathie (and Mark) Zeigler of Dallas, Texas, Jennifer (and Brent) Lavinder of Brunswick, Ohio, and Wanda (and Leslie) Franklin of Houston, Mo.; six sons, C. Joe (and Brenda) Montague of Fayette, Donald “David” (and Yvonne) Montague of Pioneer, Ohio, William “Steve” Montague of Dallas, Daniel (and Amanda) Montague of West Unity, Ohio, Ben (and Heather) Montague of Stryker, Ohio, and Jody (and Mary) Montague of Mountain View, Mo.; a brother, Charles (and Darlene) Haynes of Alvordton; 35 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

 He was preceded in death by his parents; three sons, Donald Carson Montague, Donnie C. Montague, and Ronnie Joel Montague; a daughter, Bonnie Good; and three brothers, Edwin, Wayne and Gerald.

 Cremation has taken place. A memorial service is planned at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at the Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette, with Rev. Dr. Samuel Wickard officiating. Interment will take place at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the American Cancer Society, Lockport Mennonite Church, or to the family to aid in funeral expenses.

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