The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.
- they’re off!—R unners head north on Sims Highway Saturday morning at the annual Mike Gillen Memorial 5-K Run in Morenci. This year’s event was a benefit for school employee Sherri Dillon to help with medical costs from brain surgery. Results from the run are listed on page 8 of this week’s Observer.
- RENEWAL AHEAD—The long-vacant structure next to Fayette’s village office will be brought back to life this year when Sherwood State Bank renovates the building to house the bank’s new Fayette branch. The community has been without a bank since Huntington closed several branch offices in December. Sherwood will also purchase the vacant lot for parking and a drive-through bank.
- MORENCI’S annual garage sale event brought shoppers to the streets Saturday to look for bargains in front yards and garages on a hot but dry day.
- A UNIQUE grave marker is in place at Morenci’s Oak Grove Cemetery, created by Morenci native Eric McCarty. The sculptor was hired to create a marker for the late Chris Evers who loved spending time in the woods. The Evers daughters knew they wanted a deer and McCarty sculpted the other features to add more interest.
- FINGERPRINTS cover the windows on the front of Morenci Elementary School as children search to find their name on classroom lists to see who their teacher will be. Celeste Glass (left) stopped by at the school while Connor Ford was locating his name. Posting class lists was a tradition for decades at the school, but stopped several years ago. Principal Gail Frey brought it back this year.
- HEAD OFFICIAL Carl Harsh tosses the coin before the start of Morenci’s football season Friday at home against Pittsford. The Bulldogs won the contest 44-6 and face a challenge at Hudson this week. Due to the Labor Day holiday weekend, the game will be played at 7 p.m. Thursday on the Tigers’ field. Morenci’s captains are, from the left, Brandon DiCenso, Isaiah Pruitt and Koty Dillon.
- AUSTIN BURGHARDT lets out a yell to get an adrenalin boost during the pedal tractor competition Saturday afternoon at the annual Lyons Chicken Barbecue. The pedal pull was sponsored by the Evergreen FFA.
- arm wrestling at Fayette’s Bull Thistle Festival included the younger set this year. Anthony “Mad Dog” Perez (right) battles his way to a victory under the close supervision of the referee. There are additional Bull Thistle photos on page 7.