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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    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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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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