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.

Fletcher, Russel

Written by David Green.

Russel Fletcher, 98, of Gorham St., Morenci, died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006, at the Fulton County Medical Center in Wauseon, Ohio.

He was born Jan. 24, 1908, in Fairfield Township, the son of Charley and Olive (Drake) Fletcher. He married Florence I. Elarton on Aug. 14, 1929, in Lyons, Ohio.  She preceded him in death March 6, 1999.

Russel was a life-long  Morenci area resident.  He was employed as an electrician at Stubnitz-Green in Adrian before his retirement in 1970.  Russel was a member of the Morenci First Congregational Church and the Fairfield Masonic Lodge #125 F&AM.

Survivors include a daughter, Doris (and Hal) VanWagner of Tecumseh, Mich.; a son, Dr. Neil (and Jean) Fletcher of Tallahassee, Fla.; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Delora Ehlinger and Sarah Johnson, both of Morenci, and Iola Mitchell of Muskegon; and two brothers, Elwood Fletcher of Adrian, Mich., and Rexford Fletcher of Zephyrhills, Fla.

Besides his wife, Florence, Russel was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Lyle E. Fletcher; a grandson, Chester E. Fletcher; and a brother, George.

The funeral service is scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006, at the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci with Rev. Jack Cahill officiating. Burial will follow at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.

Visitation is planned from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Morenci First Congregational Church or a charity of donor's choice.

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