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.

Newcomer, Rex

Written by David Green.

Rex E. Newcomer, 95, of Waldron, Mich., died Dec. 20, 2012, at Hospice of Lenawee County in Adrian, Mich. 

He was born Aug. 10, 1917, in Waldron, the son of Guy and Sarah (Gray) Newcomer.  He married Mildred M. Bavin on March 20, 1943, in Waldron and she preceded him in death Dec. 5, 2012.

Rex graduated from Waldron High School in 1935 and was a lifelong farmer. He retired from Daisy Parts in Hillsdale, Mich., in 1982, with many years of service. He served as the Wright Township treasurer for six years and  the Wright Township supervisor for 10 years. He was a member of Waldron Church of Christ.  He and Mildred spent winters in Arizona for many years and his hobbies included golfing and woodworking.

Rex is survived by one daughter, Carol M. Newcomer, and her husband, Michael Cox, of Morenci, Mich.; two sons, John M. (and Carol D.) Newcomer of Chantilly, Va., and James W. "Bill" (and Nancy) Newcomer of Ada, Mich.; eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; one daughter, Joy Anne Newcomer; and four sisters, Martha Merrifield, Gladys McCully, Florence Ruffer and June Newcomer.

Funeral services are planned at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, at the Waldron Church of Christ, with Minister Don Crain officiating. Interment will follow in the Waldron Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. Saturday at the Waldron  Church of Christ.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Waldron District Library or the Waldron Church of Christ.  Arrangements were made by Eagle Funeral Home in Waldron.  

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