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.

Rehab funds available 1.28

Written by David Green.

There’s still a lot of money available for rental property rehabilitation, reports Dawn Flynn of the Community Action Agency (CAA).

The CAA will assist in determining what repairs are needed and eligible in the rehab program, and will also help locate and work with contractors to get the job done.

The city was awarded $181,424 in December 2006.

“The program will end Dec. 31, 2008, so owners must move rapidly to take advantage of the opportunity,” Flynn said.

Property owners can apply for up to $25,000 per unit for existing rental property or $35,000 per unit for newly created units. Funds are granted in the form of a five-year forgivable loan if the owner rents to low-income tenants at HUD rental rates during that period.

The property owner must contribute a minimum of 25 percent of the total project costs.

Tenant income requirements are based on 80 percent of the Lenawee County area median income, adjusted for family size. At least half of the units must be rented to people meeting those guidelines.

Funding can be used for plumbing, heating, electrical systems, roofing, windows, doors, floor covering, siding, porches, bathrooms, kitchens and other miscellaneous repairs.

For additional information, contact Flynn at 800/491-0004.

 

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