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.

Thompson, Viola

Written by David Green.

Viola S. Thompson, 94, of Waldron,  Mich., died Feb. 17, 2011, at the Mac McGuire Skilled Nursing Facility in Hillsdale, Mich.

Viola was born Aug. 15, 1916, in Scipio Township to Floyd and Bessie (Van Aken) Jenks.  She was married July 31, 1937, to Charles N. Thompson and he preceded her in death June 10, 1993.

Viola graduated from Hillsdale High School in 1935 and lived at the Thompson Family Farm since 1945. She was a member of the Lime Creek Grange #712 for more than 65 years and also a member of the State and National Grange.  Viola was a member of the WMF of the Munson United Brethren Church and served as treasurer.  She was a costume designer and seamstress for more than 45 years.

Surviving is a daughter, Vicky Dee (and Parke) Hayes of Hillsdale; a god-daughter, Vicky Lee (and John) McElroy of Hillsdale; a sister-in-law, Patricia (and John) Blaker of Hudson, Mich.; a brother-in-law, Floyd (and Margaret) Gould of Grass Lake, Mich.; and numerous nieces, nephews and close friends.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Florys Cramer.

A private family graveside service will take place at Lakeview Cemetery, Hillsdale.  A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.  Arrangements were made by VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Reading Emergency Unit, the Mac McGuire Skilled Nursing Facility or St. Peter’s Free Clinic.

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