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

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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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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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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

2007.10.17 Frank Cordts

Written by David Green.

In response to last week’s letter to the editor from Christina Lapidus:

I was the member of “our wonderful police department” who wrote those five citations, four of which were reduced to written warnings because I could not verify any previous warnings to those individuals. The fifth, however, I have spoken to until I am blue in the face. (There was no reduction for him.) She also neglected to mention that the person who did not receive a reduction was jumping the decorative flower pots with his bike. Is this what you call riding your bikes on the sidewalk in a safe, respectful manner?

You don’t need a downtown bike path. There is no law prohibiting you from walking your bikes on the sidewalk, as well as there are plenty of side streets for bikers to use.

You five individuals ranged in age from 17 to 19. Why not start showing some respect for others and the laws, and set an example for the younger children.

In regard to Mr. Hart’s letter, I support him completely. If it wasn’t for the drivers watching out, kids would be getting hit every day because they do act as if the streets belong to them. The thing you have to recognize is that bike operators have rules, the same as vehicle operators, many of which are the same. For example, just because you are on a bike does not mean that a stop sign or stop light does not exist.

I know getting the tickets didn’t make you happy, but it got your attention, and if that’s what it takes, so be it. I would rather write a ticket than attend a funeral.

– Frank J. Cordts
Morenci 

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