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.

Neill, Leroy

Written by David Green.

Leroy A. Neill, 87, of Weston Road,  Morenci, Mich., died April 22, 2007, at Bixby Medical Center in Adrian, Mich.

He was  born Aug. 12, 1919, in Medina Township, Mich., the son of Oscar and Elma (Lynch) Neill. He married Elva Ford on Sept. 29, 1952, in Indiana, and she preceded him in death Aug. 20, 2003.

Leroy retired from the Morenci Rubber Products after 26 years of service. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of the D.A.V.

Leroy is survived by two daughters, Debra Williams of Las Vegas, Nev., and Linda (and Brian) Shadbolt of Morenci; two stepsons, Burnell Venia of Wauseon, Ohio, and Ronald (and Linda) Venia of Milan; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Besides his wife, Leroy was preceded in death by his parents; one stepson, Rodney; three grandchildren; six sisters, Nellie Beavers, Bessie Charles, Doris Cunningham, Zella Dominique, Loretta Jones and Alta Neill; and two brothers, Alvin and Herman.

No visitation or viewing is scheduled, following Leroy’s request. A private burial service is planned at Lyons Cemetery in Lyons, Ohio.

Arrangements were handled by Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci.

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