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

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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • 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).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    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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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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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.

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