The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

  • Front.cheers
    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
  • Family.3.wide
    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.
  • Front.newpaper.2
    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.
  • Front.code.2
    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.
  • Front.skelton.vigil
    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.
  • Front.gym.new
    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.
  • Front.lift
    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.

Borton, James B.

Written by David Green.

James B. Borton, 95, of Wauseon, Ohio, died May 15, 2013, in Fulton Manor, Wauseon.

Jim was born Aug. 20, 1917, in Chesterfield Township, Ohio, to James Leo and Margaret (Boyes) Borton, on the family farm where he lived his entire life. 

He was a 1935 graduate of Chesterfield-Dover High School. He married Gladys M. Rupp on June 22, 1941, and she survives.

Jim was a lifelong farmer and served 30 years as a Chesterfield Township clerk and trustee. He was a quiet man, but known for his mechanical skills and quick wit. He attended Tedrow United Methodist Church.

In addition to his wife, Jim is survived by two sons, Ronald (and Janet) Borton, of Wooster, Ohio, and Dennis (and Pat) Borton of Roxboro, N.C.; a daughter, Juanita (and Richard) Gunn of Ida, Mich.; nine grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Martha Abbott, of Melvindale, Mich.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at Tedrow United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Kevin Cochran officiating. Interment will follow in Tedrow Cemetery. A fellowship luncheon will follow the interment services in the church. Visitation is scheduled from  2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home, Wauseon, Ohio, and from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Tedrow United Methodist Church or the Fulton Suites and Fulton Manor Bus Fund.

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2016