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.

MIller, Howard

Written by David Green.

Howard Lee “Howie” Miller, 69, of Fayette, Ohio, died at his home Dec. 27, 2011.

He was born Dec. 28, 1941, in Wauseon, Ohio, to the late Raymond and Victorine (Dominique) Miller. He married Phyllis Grant on April 24, 1970, in Fayette, and she survives.

Howard lived his early life in Lyons, where he graduated from high school. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed fishing at Darby’s Corners near Fayette. He retired from Jeep in Toledo in 1992, where he was employed for 30 years. Howard was a member of the Morenci American Legion and the Wauseon VFW.

In addition to his wife, Howard is survived by two daughters, Jody Jennings of Fayette and Shannon (and Lloyd) Salmons of Romulus, Mich.; six brothers, Gene Miller of Lyons, Don (and Arlene) Miller of Indiana, Doug (and Lori) Miller of Delta, Ohio, Sam (and Agnes) Miller of Delta, Bob (and Bobbie) Miller of Lyons, and Tom Miller of Jackson, Mich.; two sisters, Linda (and Bill) Higgins of Waldron, Mich., and Lucy Ames of Delta; and three grandchildren, Austin, Lauren, and Hailey.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Janet and Joanne.

Following Howard’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service is planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at the Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette, with Father Gary Ferguson officiating. Visitation is scheduled Saturday morning for two hours preceding the service.

Memorial donations are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

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