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.

Barber, Kelly

Written by David Green.

Kelly James Barber I, 48, of Lyons, Ohio, died Feb. 21, 2012, at the Toledo Hospital.

He was born June 21, 1963, in Morenci, Mich., to the late John and Norah Jane (Coffey) Barber. In March 1991, Kelly married Vickie Yancy Ayers.

Kelly was a 1982 graduate of Waldron High School, where he was a member of the football team and FFA. From 1985 to 1990 he was a member of the Morenci Fire Department.

He worked as a truck driver for various companies throughout his life. Some of Kelly’s memberships and commitments include a volunteer with the 180th Air National Guard, Family Readiness Group, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, 10-year advisor for the Fulton County 4-H, 10-year Assembly of God Royal Ranger Commander, vice-president and secretary for Winameg Sportsman’s Club, 12-year member of the Delta Assembly of God, and eight-year year member of the Calvary Assembly of God in Toledo. 

His hobbies included hunting, fishing, camping and participating in historical reënactments with his wife.  Most of all he loved Jesus and wanted his life to reflect the love of God.

Kelly is survived by his wife, Vickie; two sons, Gabriel and Kelly Barber II; his mother, Norah Jane Barber; five sisters, Theresa (and Fred) Gay, Nancy (and Jim) Bowen, Polly (and Ben) Fish, Kathy (and Dave) Vanlerberg, Shirley (and Don) Myers; a brother, Kevin (and Dawn) Barber; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Mark Barber, grandparents and a great-nephew. 

Funeral services are planned at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Delta Assembly of God, with Pastor Randy Trowbridge officiating.  Interment will follow at Amboy Township Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Barnes Funeral Chapel in Delta.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

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