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.

Free health clinic opening in Wauseon

Written by David Green.

For many working adults in Fulton County, health insurance is not affordable and government assistance is unavailable.

Next Tuesday, Aug. 7, the Free Clinic of Fulton County will open its doors to provide free medical care and assistance for these uninsured adults living throughout Fulton County.

Located in Wauseon at the Fulton County Health Center Medical Office Building, the Free Clinic of Fulton County will be staffed by volunteer physicians and nurses. The clinic will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. the first and third Tuesday and the second and fourth Thursday of each month. Appointments are necessary to receive medical treatment.

“With 40 to 60 million U.S. residents without health insurance and nearly 1.4 million of those people living right here in Ohio, it only seemed right to me that local physicians and nurses volunteer to help out by starting a primary care clinic to address acute illnesses and chronic medical problems,” said Dr. Randall Bowman, Free Clinic President. “A person shouldn’t have to go without medical care just because they don’t have health insurance.”

Fulton County residents age 18 to 64 without Medicaid, Medicare or commercial insurance who meet income guidelines will be eligible to receive medical treatment at the Free Clinic of Fulton County. For an individual in 2007, that would be with an income of less than $15,315 and for a family of four it is an income of less than $30,975.

 

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