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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.

Powell, Duane

Written by David Green.

Duane Artennis Powell, 41, of Chesterfield Township, Ohio, died Sept. 5, 2011.

He was born Oct. 17, 1969, in Adrian, Mich., the son of Roy and Carolyn (Wotring) Powell. On Oct. 19, 2001, in Grand Rapids, Ohio, he married Sara Aubry and she survives.

Duane lived in Chesterfield Township since 2003.  He was a 1988 Morenci Area High School graduate and a member of the Morenci Bible Fellowship Church. He served as a volunteer firemen for 20 years for Morenci and Metamora, Ohio, and a volunteer for Fulton County Relay For Life for 10 years.  He was employed at IAC in Wauseon, Ohio, for 20 years.

In addition to his wife, Duane is survived by a daughter, Hanna; his mother, Carolyn Powell of Morenci; two sisters, Beth (and Ron) Black of Wauseon and Becky (and Burt) Powell of Hillsdale, Mich.; a brother, Kevin (and April) Powell of Morenci; mother-in-law, Marie Aubry; and father-in-law, David (and Marcia) Aubry; a niece, Katie Black; and nephews, Justin (and Jessica) Dickerson, Reggie Black, Payton Black and Raymond Powell.

Duane was preceded in death by his father and a daughter, Mattie, in 2010.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9, at the Morenci Bible Fellowship Church (in the Baptist Church location on Sims Highway in Morenci) with Rev. James Yatzek officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.  Visitation is scheduled from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the church, with a firemen walk through at 7 p.m.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 143, Memphis, TN 38148 in memory of his daughter, Mattie, or to the Morenci Fire Department.

Funeral arrangements were made by the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci.

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