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.

Brawley, Welburn "Jug"

Written by Steve Lauber.

Welburn “Jug” Brawley, 88, of Fayette, Ohio, died July 1, 2013, at Genesis Healthcare – Bryan Center in Bryan, Ohio.

He was born Aug. 13, 1924, in Burlington, Ohio, to the late Samuel Welburn and Eva (Rupp) Brawley. He married Jane L. Ford on April 21, 1946, in Fayette, and she survives.

Jug was a life-long resident of the Fayette area and graduated from Gorham Fayette High School. He served as a member of the United States Army from 1944 to 1946 and fought in the Battle of the Bulge where he earned a Purple Heart medal. He farmed for the majority of his life. He also delivered and applied lime for many area farmers and later hauled stone for the Fulton County Road Commission.

Jug served as a Gorham Township trustee for several terms and was a member of the Fayette American Legion. He enjoyed gardening and taking care of his farm. He and Jane attended the Fayette Christian Church-Disciples.

In addition to his wife, Jug is survived by a son, Judd (and Evangelina) Brawley of Archbold, Ohio; a daughter, Janis (and Tom) Morr of Bryan, Ohio; a sister, Mildred Stoner of Coldwater, Mich.; three grandchildren, Tamara (and Paul) Miller, Jim (and Terri) Morr, and Andy (and Laura) Morr; five great-grandchildren, Ian, Evan, Alex, Margo and Tara.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Earl Brawley, and a great-grandson at birth, Weston Morr.

Funeral services are planned at 1 p.m. Friday, July 5, at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette, with Rev. Gene Sugg officiating. Military interment will follow at the Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette with rites conducted by the Fulton County Honor Guard. Visitation is scheduled from 11 a.m. until the time of service on Friday.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Fayette Christian Church-Disciples or the Gorham-Fayette Fire Department.

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