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.

Mitchell, Iola

Written by David Green.

Iola Jean Mitchell, 79, of Muskegon, Mich., died March 20, 2007.

She was born March 28, 1927, in Morenci, Mich., to Charles and Olive (Drake) Fletcher. She married Ollie Mitchell on Oct. 20, 1946, and he preceded her in death in 1992.

Iola was an accountant for Adrian Glass Co. and Scien-Temp Corp., until retiring in 1983. She was a member of Unity United Methodist Church, and past accountant for Unity UMC. She enjoyed photography, painting and gardening.

Iola is survived by two sons, Steve (and Shelly) Mitchell of Muskegon and Brian (and Terry) Mitchell of Pennsylvania; two daughters, Linda (and Bud) Lamb of Muskegon and Diana (and Butch) Johnson of Illinois; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Delora Ehlinger and Sarah Johnson, both of Morenci; two sisters-in-law, Virginia (and Cecil) Rye of Alabama and Gertie Mitchell of Adrian; two brothers, Rex (and Ruby) Fletcher of Florida and Elwood Fletcher of Adrian; and very special friend and companion, Al Longnecker of Fremont.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Joseph in 1990; and a granddaughter, Tina Puffer, in 2006.

Funeral services were March 24 at Clock Chapel in Muskegon with pastor Nancy Besemer officiating. Burial was in E. Dalton-Oakhill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Unity United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.

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