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.

Thomas, Larry

Written by David Green.

Larry C. Thomas, 64, of Harris Highway, Morenci, died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006, at his home. He was born May 27, 1942, in Seneca Township, the son of Roscoe VanCleave and Florence (Kutzley) Thomas. On March 7, 1964, he married Gloria Jean Fee in Canandaigua, and she survives.

Larry was a lifelong Morenci area resident. He worked as a security guard at General Motors for more than 30 years before retiring in 2004. He enjoyed hunting, farming, operating heavy equipment and building homes. He served in the U.S. Army from June 7, 1960, to May 22, 1963.

Besides his wife, Jean, he is survived by a daughter, Kelley (and Tony) Pifer of Adrian; two sons, Mark Thomas and friend Kristol Schaffner and Kirk (and Janelle) Thomas, both of Morenci; his mother, Florence of Canandaigua; four grandsons, Brandon and Aaron Pifer and Cody and Caleb Thomas; one sister, Sharon (and Arnold) Ebersole of Eaton Rapids; one brother, Rocky Thomas of Canandaigua.

Larry was preceded in death by his father, Cleave.

Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 23, at the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel with the Rev. Max Munk officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation is planned from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the donor’s choice.

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