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.

Barden, Wendall

Written by David Green.

Wendall P. Barden, 78, of Morenci, Mich., died Dec. 30, 2012, surrounded by his family, at Magnum Care of Adrian, Mich.

He was born March 29, 1934, in Lyons, Ohio, to Lowell and Iva June (Evers) Barden. Wendall retired from GM Powertrain, where he worked 21 years.

Wendall enjoyed playing euchre, loved his time at the lake fishing and boating, and enjoyed collecting John Deere tractors and listening to bluegrass music.

He is survived by his first wife, Patricia Hanna; children, Debra Rice, Karen (and Roy) Vires, Sharon (and Mike) Degroot, Gary (and Nancy) Barden, Brian (and Charlotte) Barden, and Bruce (and Melinda) Barden; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; sisters, Alice Batdorf and Alta Mae Woodby.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Daniel Paul Barden; sisters, Beulah Gillen and Donna Vaculik; and brothers, Warren, Harold, Harlan, Gaylord and Maynard Barden.

Visitation is scheduled from 2-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, at the Weigel Funeral Home, 204 Chestnut St., Swanton, where a memorial service will begin at 7 p.m. with Rev. Donna Stutzman officiating.

Memorial contributions are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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