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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.

Hibbard, Durwood "Woody" Sr.

Written by David Green.

Durwood “Woody” Galen Hibbard, Sr., 88, of N. Fayette St., Fayette, Ohio, died at his home July 23, 2011.

He was born in Medina Township, Mich., on March 14, 1923, to the late Ray William and Freda (Smith) Hibbard. He married Vera Hill on Dec. 30, 1944, in Bridgeton, N.C., and she survives.

Woody grew up in the Fayette area, and was a 1941 graduate of Gorham Fayette High School. He served with the United States Coast Guard during World War II from 1941 to 1945. He was known by nearly everyone in the community, with his 33 years of employment at Wilson’s Hardware coupled with his 17 years as sexton of Pleasant View Union Cemetery. 

He was a member of the American Legion–John Dale Post #143, a 23-year veteran of the Gorham Fayette Fire Department, and a life-long member of the Fayette Methodist Church.

His passions included horses, sport shooting, baseball, hand-loading, woodworking and welding. He is also remembered for his service as an amateur auctioneer and the annual community Santa Claus. Woody was a hard-working man who loved helping others of any need.

Besides his wife, Woody is survived by his three sons, William Frank (and Alice) Hibbard of Noblesville, Ind., and Durwood Galen (and Jane) Hibbard, Jr., of Stryker, Ohio, and Kenneth R. (and Pam) Hibbard of Fayette; seven grandchildren, Malinda (and Jay) Thomas, Natalie (and Scott) Robins, Laurel (and Scott) Vowels, Durwood Galen (and Amy) Hibbard III, Jena Hibbard, Kandice (and Jared) Lemley, and Kendra (and Matt) Coy; and 12 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Eldo “Pete” and Max Hibbard, and his sister, Lavon Brackman.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette, with Pastor Don Krieger officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at Pleasant View Union Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Fayette American Legion or the Fayette United Methodist Church.

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