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.

Hand, Donald

Written by David Green.

Donald C. Hand, 51, of Alvordton, Ohio, died Dec. 14, 2011, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee, Ohio.

He was born Feb. 16, 1960, in Birmingham, Ala., to the late Melvin and Mildred (Town) Hand. He married Lisa Dickson on Aug. 18, 2007, in Fayette, Ohio, and she survives.

Don was known as a fun-loving soul who enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. He served in the United States Navy and earned the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He was a member of the Fayette Church of the Nazarene, Fayette American Legion, Wauseon American Legion and the Fulton County Honor Guard.

In addition to his wife, Don is survived by a son, Daniel Hand, at home; a step-son, Ryan Gruich, at home; a step-daughter, Nicole Gruich, of Defiance, Ohio; five brothers, Larry (and Brenda) Hand of Fayette, Melvin Hand of Fayette, Tony (and Deb) Hand of Fayette, Mike (and Debbie) Hand of Lancaster, Ohio; and his twin brother Ronnie (and Petra) Hand of Germany; several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Don was preceded in death by a sister, Sherry Dietrich, and two nephews, Rhett Montgomery and Mark Bates.

Funeral services are planned at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette, with Pastor Paul Baker officiating. Interment with military honors conducted by the Fulton County Honor Guard will follow at Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Visitation is scheduled from 2-8 p.m. Saturday.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Fayette Church of the Nazarene, the Fayette American Legion or the Disabled American Veterans.

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