2010.12.15 Kebben Millian: Morenci's public services excellent

Written by David Green.

It really doesn’t seem that it has been three years since me and by bride of 25 more or less years moved to Morenci. Our move was spurred by a grandparent’s need to share in soccer, softball and basketball contests, no matter the outcome or tears shed in the agony of defeat or the smiles of victory.

A few other considerations when making the decision to purchase the big brick house were running through my mind. My concern was the quality of public service, such as fire, EMS, and to much less a concern, the police. My bride and I are no longer what you might call spring chickens and public protection and service is of great importance to us.

During the soul testing time of the past two weeks which involved the three youngsters and a still undetermined outcome, my questions were all answered. Our public service people stood tall and represented the citizens of Morenci above and beyond the call of duty. We are very fortunate to be protected by caring, and professional people.

That being said, I also have a renewed sense of faith in my fellow citizens. The citizens that I speak of are not only from the Morenci area, but from many miles away that assisted in the search for the young children. I stood there in the parking lot of the grocery store in total amazement of the people boarding buses to brave the harsh weather to walk for miles to search the countryside.

I personally feel that the community in which I reside is safe and well protected. I am also now quite sure that we all should feel better about ourselves and know that the people of Morenci are willing to help those in need and do it without reward or recognition. To these people I say, “Good Job and God Bless.”

– Kebben Milliman

Cawley Road, Morenci

  • Play Practice
    DRAMA—Fayette schools, in conjunction with the Opera House Theater program, will present two plays Friday night at the Fayette Opera House. From the left is Autumn Black, Wyatt Mitchell, Elizabeth Myers, Jonah Perdue, Sam Myers (in the back) and Lauren Dale. Other cast members are Brynn Balmer, Mason Maginn, Ashtyn Dominique, Stephanie Munguia and Sierra Munguia. Jason Stuckey serves as the technician and Trinity Leady is the backstage manager. The plays will be performed during the day Friday for students and for the public at 7 p.m. Friday.
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    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
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    CLEARING THE WAY—Road crossings in the area on the construction route of the Rover natural gas pipeline are marked with poles and flags as preliminary work nears. Ditches and field entry points are covered with thick planks in many areas to support equipment for tree clearing operations. Actual pipeline construction is progressing across Ohio toward a collecting station near Defiance. That segment of the project is expected to wrap up in July. The 42-inch line through Michigan and into Ontario is scheduled for completion in November. The line is projected to transport 3.25 billion cubic feet of natural gas every day.
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    ON THE MOVE—Six goslings head out on manuevers with their parents in an area lake. Baby waterfowl are showing up in lakes and ponds throughout the area.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Front.teacher Leading
    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
  • Face Paint
    FUN NIGHT FUN—Savanna Miles sits patiently while Abbie White works on a face paint design Friday during the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Gracie Snead watches the progress after having spent time in the chair. Abbie was one of several volunteer painters, each creating their own unique look. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.

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