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.

Middleton, Ivan

Written by David Green.

Ivan D. Middleton, 79, of Hudson, Mich., died Thursday, June 28, 2007, at CareLink Hospital of Jackson.

He was born Feb. 1, 1928, in Clayton, Mich., to Clifford J. and Katie (Spaulding) Middleton. He married Betty McComb on June 18, 1947, in Sand Creek, Mich., and she survives.

Ivan was a life-long Hudson area farmer and graduated from Sand Creek High School in 1946. He attended the Hudson Wesleyan Church, was a former member of the Hudson Township Zoning Board and was a Pioneer seed corn dealer for several years.

Surviving Ivan besides his wife, Betty, of Hudson is one daughter, Nancy (and Michael) Lama of Arlington, Wash.; two sons, Gary (and Debbie) Middleton of Hudson and Clifford (and Martha) Middleton of Sand Creek; 13 grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Molly Hartman; a son, William Middleton; and two brothers, Carroll Middleton and Neil Middleton.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Monday, July 2, at Eagle Funeral Home in Hudson with Rev. Wesley Rowan and Pastor Calvin Walden officiating. Interment will follow at Dover Center Cemetery in Dover Twp., Mich. Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday.


Those planning an expression of sympathy may make memorial contributions to Hudson Wesleyan Church or the Salvation Army.

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