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.

Stowell, Chester

Written by David Green.

Dr. Chester C. Stowell, 100, formerly of Fayette, Ohio, died Feb. 3, 2011.

Dr. Stowell was born Aug. 13, 1910, in Fayette, the son of Harry and Etta Stowell.

He taught school for nearly 16 years, starting in a one-room schoolhouse and later at the junior high school in Fayette. He worked as a farmer at the same time.

In 1945 he moved to Indianapolis to attend Lincoln Chiropractic College. He dedicated 25 years to Lincoln as a professor, registrar and dean.

He was included in Who’s Who Among Men in the Midwest, named Indiana Chiropractor of the Year in 1976, the Lincoln College outstanding teacher in 1969, and was bestowed the honor of Kentucky Colonel.

Lincoln Chiropractic College merged with National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Ill., and Dr. Stowell served as Dean of Students until retiring in 1990 at the age of 80. At National he was awarded the president’s gold medallion award for 40 years of service to chiropractic. The students at National dedicated the “Mirror” yearbook to Dr. Stowell as “the friend of students.”

He was a member of Hope Church in Carmel, and later attended Wheaton Free Evangelical Church while living in Wheaton, Ill.

He is survived by sons, Larry (and Sandra) of Indianapolis, Ken (and Kathy) of Santa Cruz, Calif.; daughter Cheryl Stowell of Fishers, Ind.; niece Jean (and Gordon) Brown of Cumming Ga.; granddaughter Christy Stowell, and great-granddaughter Mikayla Stowell of Calif.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lola Gleason Stowell; brothers Ferris, Dwight, Wesley and Avery; sisters, Irene, Naomi, Eunice and Dorthy.

No funeral service is planned at this time, but a small graveside service at Lincoln Memory Gardens and a memorial service will be scheduled in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Wheaton Free Evangelical Church or National University of Health Sciences in Lombard.

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