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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    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.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

Beatty, Sidney

Written by David Green.

Sidney Beatty, 85, of Wauseon, Ohio, died Feb. 3, 2011, at the home of his daughter in Ypsilanti, Mich.

He was born June 29, 1925, the son of Sidney and Mary (Lamb) Beatty. On March 13, 1943, in Fayette, Ohio, he married Irene Huffman. She preceded him in death Jan. 8, 1999.

Sidney lived in the Morenci area all of his life.  He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a UDT.  He was formerly employed at High Voltage Systems in Toledo, Ohio, for 28 years as an electrician.  Sidney was a member of the Wauseon American Legion Post #265, the Morenci American Legion Post #368, the Wauseon VFW Post #7424 and the Lenawee County 40 & 8 Voiture #997 in Adrian.

Survivors include a daughter, Cheryl (and Joe) Jamnick of Ypsilanti; two sons, Gary (and Elvia) Beatty of Wauseon, Ohio, and Michael (and Sandra) Beatty of Lyons, Ohio; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and a sister, Adonna Lagos, of Florida.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci, with Rev. William VanValkenburg officiating. Burial is planned at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci at a later date.  Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, with a 40 & 8 memorial service at 7 p.m.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the 40 & 8 nurses training program.

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