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.

Cavazos, Billy

Written by David Green.

Billy Joe Cavazos, 43, of Morenci, Mich., died, Aug. 27, 2011, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

He was born Jan. 31, 1968, in Des Plaines, Ill., to Oscar John and Orfalinda (Villarreal) Cavazos.  On April 28, 2000, he married Melanie Kurtz-Walker in Toledo, Ohio, and she survives. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his mother, Orfalinda, of Illinois; his children, Laura Walker of Fayette, Ohio, Tara Walker of Pennellville, N.Y., Angela Cherry of Adrian, Mich., Erica Walker of Morenci, Joseph Walker of Morenci, Gina Walker of Adrian, Heather Cavazos of Fayette, Ohio, Marcos Cavazos of College Station, Texas, Nathaniel Cavazos of Montpelier, Ohio, and Brandon Walker-Cavazos of Morenci; two brothers, Oscar Cavazos, Jr., and Martin Cavazos, both of Adrian; two sisters, Patricia Cavazos of San Antonio, Texas, and Lisa Cavazos of Adrian; his grandmother, Emily Villarreal of Mundelein, Ill.; and 13 grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his father and his grandparents.

Funeral services are planned at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Adrian.  Burial will be in Lenawee Hills Memorial Park, Adrian. Visitation is scheduled from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Billy’s family to help offset funeral expenses.

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