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.

Oil company seeks leases 2.13

Written by David Green.

Monday afternoon wasn’t the first time Marion Mannschreck accepted payment for oil and gas drilling rights on his farmland east of Morenci. Other oil companies have sought the hidden treasure in the past.

But he was willing to sign the documents once again and gladly accept the $50 an acre payment. And better yet, if a productive well is established on his property, Mannschreck will receive the customary one-eighth value of oil produced.

Mannschreck’s land added a few more acres onto the total 33,000 acres leased  in southern Michigan by Continental Resources of Enid, Okla.

Richard Straeter, vice president of Continental’s Illinois Division, knows others have tried, but he also knows there are reasons why the new effort can succeed: improved technology, increased demand, rising prices.

Straeter also knows a lot of oil has been taken from the ground not so far away from this area, and he’s hoping additional pockets are waiting to be tapped here.

Since its discovery 50 years ago, the Albion-Scipio field—running through Hillsdale, Jackson and Calhoun counties—has produced about 140 million barrels of oil.

“This is our first venture into Michigan,” Straeter said. “We’re in the process of completing our third well.”

The company’s first successful well in Hillsdale County is producing 260 barrels of crude oil a day and a test rate of 310 barrels is planned this month.

A second well produced about 500 gallons an hour during an initial 10-hour flow period. A third well should begin withdrawing oil this month.

Continental is acquiring permits for an additional five wells...

 

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