Waldron news roundup

Written by David Green.

• Waldron village council voted June 12 to stop paying for extra police coverage from the Hillsdale County Sheriff Department and instead hire a code enforcement officer.

The Sheriff’s Department will still provide routine coverage, but hours spent specifically in Waldron will cease.

Michael Birdsall was the only councilor who voted against terminating extra coverage, but he joined others in unanimously approving a motion to advertise for a local officer to enforce village laws only.

The code enforcement officer would first be deputized by the Sheriff’s Department. Hours, pay and duties have not yet been determined.


• Two out of four Waldron village positions will have contested races in the annual election, now scheduled in September.

John Tanner and Richard Buck are running for mayor of the village. Incumbent Harold Douglas is not seeking reëlection to that position.

Douglas is seeking a position as a village trustee, one of six candidates seeking six posts. Incumbents Jeff Bernath, Brad Frey, Roy Hall and Rick Bays are seeking reëlection. The other candidate is Shawn Barnhart.

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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    ONE-TWO PUNCH—Morenci’s Griffin Grieder saved his best for last, running his fastest time ever in the 110-meter high hurdles at the state finals Saturday in Grand Rapids to finish first in the state in Div. IV. His brother Luke, a junior (right), claimed the state runner-up spot. Bulldog junior Bailee Dominique placed seventh in the 100-meter dash.
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    MORENCI senior class president Mikayla Price leads the way Sunday afternoon from the Church of the Nazarene to the United Methodist Church for the baccalaureate ceremony. Later in the day, 39 members of the senior class received diplomas in the high school gymnasium.
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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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    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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