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.

Rix, Charles

Written by David Green.

Charles A. Rix, 92, of Fayette, Ohio, died March 2, 2011, at the Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center in Defiance, Ohio, surrounded by his family.

He was born Aug. 4, 1918, in Yorkshire, N.Y., to the late George and Nellie (Day) Rix. Charles married Charlotte Reese Oct. 29, 1948, in Hilton, N.Y., and she survives.

Charles lived his early life in Arcade, N.Y., where he graduated from high school in 1936. He furthered his education by obtaining a bachelor’s degree in social studies from Houghton College, and a master’s degree in education from Central Michigan in 1951.

He served his country in the United States Air Force from 1937-42. Upon a family visit to the area, he obtained a teaching position at a small school in Quincy, Mich., and later taught at Reading (Mich.) High School from 1952-59. He maintained relationships with many of his former students.

Charles and Charlotte also pastored for 10 years at Lake Gage Congregational Church near Angola, Ind. Charles later served as a principal at Gorham-Fayette High School from 1961-65, and later as a superintendant at Waldron Area Schools from 1965-71. Upon retirement from his education career, he worked for Associated Patrol in Archbold for 14 years.

Charles was a member of the Fayette United Methodist Church, the Michigan Education Association, and a 25-year member of the Fayette Lions Club. He was an avid outdoorsman, where he took part in hunting, fishing, gardening and camping with his family. His other passions included his love for dogs and his love for music. He liked to play the harmonica and also enjoyed bowling.

In addition to his wife, he survived by two daughters, Cherie Rix of Fayette, and Cheryl (and Kerwin) Kaufman of Noblesville, Ind.; three grandchildren, Stephen, Ryan, and Kyle Kaufman; and his cherished canine, Cookie.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, George, Jr., and Keith Rix; a sister, Mary Owens; and a granddaughter in infancy, Kristin Renee Kaufman.

Funeral services are planned at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at the Fayette United Methodist Church, with Pastor Katherine Currier officiating. Interment with military honors provided by the Fulton County Honor Guard will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette, as well as for one hour preceding the service Sunday at the church.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Fayette United Methodist Church or the Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center.

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