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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    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.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

Smith, Carol

Written by David Green.

Carol Jean Smith, 71, of Morenci, Mich., died Oct. 6, 2011.

She was born Feb. 17, 1940, in Morenci, to Donald Franklin and Betty Lou (Gleason) McCaskey. She was a 1957 graduate of Morenci High School and also graduated from Stautzenber Business College. On Sept. 27, 1959, she married Arnold Smith in Morenci and he survives.

Carol was employed by the Dunbar Borton and Industrial Mill. She  was later hired to work at Morenci High School, where she was employed for 31 years until her retirement in June 2005. Being involved in the school system, Carol touched the lives of many young people as well as the  community of Morenci. She was known as a compassionate and caring woman.  She was a supportive and loving wife, mother and doting grandmother. Whether it was a phone call, a batch of fresh cookies or a quick casserole, she was always willing to help.

Carol was a member of the Sand Creek Community Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Laurie (and Ronald) Williams of Sand Creek, Karen Hallett of Adrian; and a surrogate daughter, Kelly VanHaerents of Morenci; three brothers, Charles (and Grace) McCaskey of Morenci, George (and Patricia) McCaskey of Morenci and Roger (and Jeanne) McCaskey of Osseo, Mich.; one sister, Connie Vinton (and Vernon Harper) of Tecumseh, Mich.; five grandchildren, Kassandra Gray, Andrew Roddy,  Brandon Williams, Lauren Hallett and Cole Hallett; one great-grandson, Logan Gray.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her step-father, George Whitburn.

Funeral services are planned at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian, with Reverend William VanValkenburg officiating.  Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci. Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian.  

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Sand Creek Community Church or to the Morenci Area Schools where a scholarship fund will be given in her name and memory.

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