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.

2009.02.11 Sandy Rice: Upside down flag

Written by David Green.

This letter is in reference to a few citizens who believe it is O.K. to fly our flag upside down in Fayette, where I reside.

Perhaps those wishing to fly our flag upside down need to obtain a copy of the United States Flag Code where it states when and only when to fly a flag upside down. And, trust me, none of the reasons are to protest an issue whatsoever. People use protests such as taxes, economy, the president, war, schools and many others to show protest when in reality they are only showing true disrespect and unpatriotism toward the United States flag.

I may add no disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America. The flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, state flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor. The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.

In this country we have the right to protest. We can disagree in many ways, but protesting in the way in which this was done by our Mayor Pro Tem and those who side with him in doing so, is nothing but pure disrespect to our flag. Write letters, send emails, attend meetings...that’s what real protesters do.

I am a very proud Army mother. My son is currently serving in the military and has also been to Iraq for 24 months and is doing a 15-month deployment now in Afghanistan. You are showing contempt for a symbol I hold very dear to my heart, and that, Mr. Mayor Pro Tem, is disrespectful.

Fly your American flag with respect to our country and those present and past who sacrificed their lives for you and your family. Read up on the United States Flag Code and learn to protest in ways protected by the United States Constitution. After you do this, then, and only then, will I respect you.

– Sandy Rice

East Main St., Fayette

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