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.

Smith, Roger

Written by David Green.

Roger W. Smith, 70, of rural Fayette, Ohio, died Jan. 9, 2013, at the Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon, Ohio.

He was born Dec. 3, 1942, in Alvordton, Ohio, to the late Walter and Velma (Wheeler) Smith. He married Susan E. Richards on Jan. 12, 1978, and she survives.

Roger was a life-long Alvordton-Fayette area resident and served his country in the United States Army from 1967 to 1973 during the Vietnam War. He worked as a welder for Challenge-Cook in Bryan, Ohio, for more than 20 years until its closing, and he later retired from Bil-Jax in Archbold following 10 years of service.

Roger was a member of the West Unity American Legion, the Williams County Veterans Memorial, and the VFW. In his spare time, he enjoyed coon hunting, playing the banjo, and being with his grandchildren.

Roger is survived by his wife, Susan; three sons, Jerry (and Lori) Lewellen of Fayette, Jon (and Alisha) Schang of Hillsdale, Mich., and Charles (and Shannon) Ries of Montpelier, Ohio; a daughter, Maria (and Mark) Keegan of Edgerton, Ohio; two brothers, Arlan (and Sharon) Smith, and Bill (and Deb) Smith, both of West Unity; and two sisters, Donnie (and Leroy) Scherer, and Betty Nowak, both of West Unity; grandchildren Jordan Lewellen, Ashley Lewellen, Tyler Lewellen, Jacy Lewellen, Jeriann Lewellen, Amber Hughes, Cole Ries, Joshua Lewellen, Seth Ries, Bethany Hughes, Jesse Lewellen, Katlynn Ries, Lane Ries, Logan Ries, Anthony Ries, Travis Lewellen, Sara Lewellen, Abbygayle Ries and Jonie Schang; and six great-grandchildren, James, Lisa, Ty, Jamison, Ellie and Linus.

In addition to his parents, Roger was preceded in death by three brothers, Ralph, Floyd and Charles.

Visitation is scheduled from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette. Private military interment will take place in the Waldron Cemetery.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Williams County Veterans Memorial.

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