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.

Guss, Rick

Written by David Green.

Donald “Rick” Guss, 65, of Jackson, Mich., died May 12, 2012, at Allegiance Health in Jackson. 

He was born Sept. 1, 1946, in Hudson Mich., the son of Donald Carl and Mildred (Palmer) Guss. He was a 1965 graduate of Litchfield High School and attended Olivet College. He married Lynn A. Rice on Aug. 14, 1966.

He operated Rick’s Family Foods in Morenci, Mich., for 30 years, as well as the former Don’s Market in Litchfield and Camden. Rick also worked in sales for several years and for the 12th Judicial Court Community Service Department in Jackson.

He was very active coaching softball and baseball in the Springport, Morenci and Camden areas.  

In addition to his wife, Rick is survived by two daughters, Teresa (and Steve) Schramm and JoDee (and Chris) Johnston, both of Jackson; one son, Donald Jason (and Heather) Guss of Gaylord, Mich.; two sisters, Joan (and Bill) VanArsdalen of Hillsdale, Mich., and Cheryl (and Ron) Buchler of Grass Lake, Mich.;  five grandchildren, Tyler, Lexie and Helena Schramm and Sutton and Cooper Johnston.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Dena Brown.

A memorial service is planned at 11 a.m. Friday at the Litchfield United Methodist Church, with Reverends Martin Cobb and Clyde Wonders officiating.  Visitation is scheduled from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Eagle Funeral Home-George White Chapel in Litchfield.  

Memorial donations are suggested to the Allegiance Health Oncology Department of Jackson.

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