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.

2011.10.26 Anita VanZile: Ruth Marlatt deserves another term

Written by David Green.

Election Day is just around the corner. Government appears to be ruling more of our lives, but without it, there would be anarchy. It is our duty to elect those to office who are proud to serve this great republic, and to vote for those who will do it with honesty and integrity. 

We would like to take advantage of our right to freedom of free speech and voice our support for Ruth Marlatt as candidate for the mayor of the village of Fayette. With over 14 years serving as past mayor and council person, she is more than qualified for the position. As a retired school teacher, Ruth has the time to dedicate herself to village affairs. Not only is Ruth a village resident of almost 40 years, but she is visible at many functions around town. And just as important as those mentioned qualities, Ruth has the heart.

Ruth has given her time generously to Fayette. She has helped to expand the Fayette Business Park. She has been active in bringing neighborhoods together in helping our residents offer solutions and suggestions for the betterment of Fayette. And on many occasions, Ruth has opened her home for visitors in order that they may experience first-hand Fayette’s hospitality. 

This is not an easy time for any small village and it will take perseverance to bring us through these tough economic times. Ruth has seen this village through good times and bad. In this tough economy, Ruth is willing to help steer the village back into good times.  She has the pride, experience, history and the heart. Please vote for Marlatt on November 1st. 

– Jerry and Anita Van Zile

W. Main St., Fayette

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