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.

Justus, Jerry

Written by David Green.

Jerry Lee Justus, 66, of Fayette, Ohio, formerly of Addison, Mich., died Dec. 30, 2011, at Swan Pointe Care Center in Maumee, Ohio.

He was born Sept. 11, 1945, in Hudson, Mich., the son of Birchard R. and Wilma M. (Murphy) Justus.

Jerry served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He worked at Clark Equipment in Jackson, Mich., and TRW in Fayette, retiring in 2007 after 41 years.  He was a member of the Rollin Baptist Church where he was baptized when he was 16 years old. He enjoyed playing guitar, writing music, fishing, riding motorcycles, and planting a garden and flowers.

Jerry is survived by two sons, Joseph Justus of Springfield, Tenn., and James (and Lou Ann) Justus of Cement City, Mich.; one daughter, Jodie (and Max) Kolby of Fairview, Tenn.; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Eugene Justus of Plymouth,  Mich.; one sister, Janet (and Harvey) Keast of Litchfield, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and twin brother, Larry Justus.

Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Jan. 5, at Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home in Hudson, with Pastor Terry Alverson officiating. Interment will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Hudson with full military honors conducted by American Legion Hannan-Colvin Post #180 of Hudson.  Visitation is scheduled from 5-8 p.m. Jan. 4 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Odyssey Hospice of Maumee or Hospice of Lenawee.

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