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.

Barnhart, Michael

Written by David Green.

Michael James Barnhart, 41, of Morenci, Mich., died Dec. 10, 2011, at ProMedica Bixby Hospital.

He was born Feb. 26, 1970. He married Ronda Gilbert on Nov. 18, 2010, in Toledo, Ohio, and she survives.

Michael was employed by Wacker Chemical Company for the past 16 years and was co-owner of JAM Productions DJ Service. He was a member of the Eagles of Adrian. He was an avid golfer and hunter and was a big fan of Bob Dylan and the Minnesota Vikings.

Besides his wife, Michael is survived by his mother, Delores Barnhart Linehan of Adrian; his children, Derek Barnhart of Manitou Beach, Mich., Matthew Barnhart of Morenci, Taylor Barnhart and Jessie Barnhart, both of Addison, Mich., and Roxann, Rachell, and Roger Robinson, Jr., all of Morenci; a brother, Jack Still of Otisville, Mich.; aunts and uncles, Betty DuVall of Lambertville, Mich., Marilyn Papworth of Oscoda, Mich., and Steve and Delight Bowerman, Jack and Barb Blaker, David and Debbie Blaker, and Dan and Debbie Dusseau, all of Adrian.

He was preceded in death by his step-father, Michael Linehan; an uncle, Raymond Barnhart; grandparents, Glen and Lucile Barnhart; and a granddaughter, Miley Marie Barnhart.

Cremation has taken place.  A memorial service is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at Anderson Funeral Home in Adrian with Jack Blaker officiating. Visitation is planned from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Anderson Funeral Home.  

Memorial contributions are suggested to a trust fund for Michael’s children. 

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