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.
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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.

Joughin, Ida

Written by David Green.

Ida Joughin, 96, of Morenci, Mich., died Monday, May 30, 2011, at the home of her daughter in Highland, Mich.

She was born June 8, 1914, in Alvordton, Ohio, the daughter of Arthur and Ann Belle (Miller) Douglass.  On Aug. 16, 1934, in Angola, Ind., she married Earl Joughin.  He preceded her in death Dec. 9, 1997.

Irene was a graduate of West Unity High School in West Unity, Ohio.  She spent most of her life in the Morenci and Munson area on a farm.  She enjoyed farm animals and hard work.  Besides the farm she worked at Strydel in Stryker, Ohio, and at Fayette Tubular in Fayette, Ohio.  She was a member of the Munson United Brethren Church and a member of the Ontario Club of the Munson area.

Irene enjoyed Bingo, cards and being with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include a daughter, Leah Jean (and Jack) Nicholas of Highland; two sons, Weldon (and Carolyn) Joughin of Morenci and Alan Joughin of Fayette, Ohio; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, Earl, Ida was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Vera Hendricks, Mazie Clark and Genevieve Beauchamp; and one brother, Royal Douglass.

Funeral services are planned at 1 p.m. Friday, June 3, at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci, with Rev. Don Merillat officiating. Burial will follow at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.  Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Munson United Brethren Church or a church of choice or to a hospice of the donor’s choice.

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