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.

Tom Spiess files final report 01.03

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette’s interim village administrator Tom Spiess delivered his final report to council members Thursday night before resigning from the position Dec. 31.

This prompted mayor Anita Van Zile to seek a closed session of council to discuss how village business will be handled until a new administrator is in place.

Van Zile said that committees have been reminded of the impending change, but she said nothing has been done. The telephone will begin ringing on the morning of Jan. 2, she said, and no one will be available to answer questions directed to the administrator.

“You have nobody to handle the work that Tom’s been doing,” she said. “I don’t know who’s going to do it. No decisions have been made.”

Council met in a closed session for about an hour to discuss personnel issues.

Van Zile started the meeting by presenting a proclamation to Spiess that thanked him for his service to the community. Spiess, in turn, praised council members for the work they’ve done during his time as administrator.

“You’ve attacked some problems that were very critical for us,” he said.

He thanked council members for their patience and always giving him time to work through issues.

Although Spiess resigned from the administrator post, he plans to invest time in economic development issues in an attempt to bring new jobs to the community.

PERSONNEL—Advertisements will be placed in area newspapers for a police chief—either part-time or full-time—and for a part-time village administrator.

 

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