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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.

Borton, Keith "Chester"

Written by David Green.

Keith H. “Chester” Borton, 54, of rural West Unity, Ohio, died Dec. 2, 2011, surrounded by his family and loved ones. 

Chester was born July 12, 1957, in Montpelier, Ohio, the son of Gary H. and Janet C. (Figgins) Borton. He married Rosemary Vander Horst on July 23, 1988, at their home and she survives.

Chester was employed by Norfolk Southern Railroad for 28 years and also by the Williams County Highway Department. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, cutting wood, gourd painting, weekend projects, and spending time with family and friends.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by  his mother, Janet, of Alvordton, Ohio; one sister, Vickie Colon, of West Unity; five brothers, Randy (and Vicky) Borton, of West Unity, Denny (and Cathy) Borton, of Talmadge, Ohio, Jeff Borton of West Unity, Mark (and Toni) Borton, of Montpelier, Ohio, and Tony (and Kelley) Borton, of Cygnet, Ohio; 14 nieces and nephews, many aunts, uncles and cousins, several in-laws, and many cherished friends.

He was preceded in death by one son, Brian Jay; his father, Gary H. Borton; and his grandparents, Clair and Lucille Borton and Devillo and Juanita Figgins.

A celebration of Chester’s life is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Krill Funeral Home, 860 W. Mulberry St., Bryan, Ohio.

Memorial donations are suggested to the family for distribution to a number of local charities.

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