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.
    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.

Gillespie, Clara Belle "Pete"

Written by David Green.

Clara Belle “Pete” Gillespie, 74, of Morenci, Mich., died Feb. 10, 2011, of a heart attack at the Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon, Ohio.

She was born June 11, 1936, in Seneca Township, Mich., the daughter of Carl and Emma (Cline) Clark.  On June 11, 1954, in Seward, Ohio, she married Leroy Gillespie and he survives.

Pete worked at Clark’s Ice Cream Bar (owned by her parents) as a waitress and cook in her early years.  She was a homemaker and was known as a very good cook—something she thoroughly enjoyed.  She had a life long membership at the Morenci Sportsman’s Club.

Besides her husband, Pete is survived by two sons, Richard and Robin, both of Morenci; two grandchildren, Michael and Amie; two great-grandsons, Hunter and Nolan; two sisters, Betty Damman of Lyons, Ohio, and Joyce Shulters of Morenci; and several nieces and nephews.

At Pete’s request, cremation has taken place. There will be no funeral, visitation or viewing. 

At Pete’s request, cremation has taken place. There will be no funeral, visitation or viewing.  A memorial dinner is scheduled at 1 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Morenci Sportsman’s Club.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family for distribution.

Arrangements were through the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci.

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