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.

Holtz, Robert

Written by David Green.

Robert C. “Bob” Holtz, 71, of rural Fayette, died Dec. 31, 2011, surrounded by family and friends at his home.

Bob was born May 21, 1940, in Benton Harbor, Mich., to the late Carl and Florence (Griffin) Holtz. He married JoAnne Wadsworth on Jan 2, 1959, and she preceded him in death Aug. 16, 1970. He later married Marcia (Earl) Schmig at Harrison Lake on June 15, 1985, and she survives.

Bob’s mother died in his infancy, and his aunt, Ida Holtz, raised him into young adulthood. He graduated from Pine Village High School in Indiana in 1959. Bob retired from Quality Tube Service in Fayette in 2002, after more than 20 years of service. He enjoyed camping, remote controlled boats, model trains and downhill skiing. He was talented in many skills involving the use of his hands, most notably wood crafting.

In addition to his wife, Bob is survived by three children, Robert D. Holtz of Melrose, Fla., Teresa (and Dick Warner) Montague of Fayette, and Richard “Dick” Holtz of Anderson, Mo.; two step-sons, Eric Schmig (and Missy Mason) of Edon, Ohio, and Adam Schmig of Pittsford, Mich.; two sisters, Avalynne (and Roy) Cooper of Goodland, Ind., and Debra (and Dave) McNeilly of Fayette; a brother, Tom Warner of Attica, Ind.; nine grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Steve (and Sandy) Earl of Hillsdale, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and first wife, JoAnne, he was preceded in death by his Aunt Ida.

A memorial visitation is planned from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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