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.

Phelps, Matthew

Written by David Green.

Matthew Phelps, 36, of Morenci, Mich., died Oct. 22, 2012. 

He was born July 4, 1976, in Erie, Pa., the son of Thomas and Betty (Carl) Phelps.

Matt lived in Morenci most of his life. He was formerly employed at the Lake Shore Country Club in Pennsylvania. He was a mechanic, woodworker, and licensed heating and air conditioning serviceman. He loved deer hunting and was an avid fisherman. His favorite pastime was eating Ma Pearl's cooking.

Matt is survived by four sons, Austin, Nathaniel, Dillon, and Mason, all of Pennsylvania; his father, Thomas (and Pearl) Phelps of Morenci; his mother, Betty (and George) Cristo of Erie, Pa.; a sister, Angela Tompkins of Jackson; and four brothers, Bryan Phelps of Erie, Pa., Leslie Tompkins of Morenci, Jonnie Tompkins of Adrian, and Lonnie Tompkins of Morenci.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Hobart Carl and John and Ruth Phelps.

Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Friday, at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci with Rev. Paul Baker officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation is planned from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Fayette Church of the Nazarene for playground equipment.

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