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.

Fayette elementary going to trimesters 2.27

Written by David Green.

With the move into the new school building, Fayette’s elementary school students will need to align their schedules.

Classes at the Franklin building follow a trimester grading period while grades four and five are still on a nine-week schedule.

School board members will vote at the March meeting on a request from principal Dr. LuAnn Boyer to have all students follow the trimester plan.

The trimester schedule has worked out well for the lower grades, she said, and she has several reasons for favoring that plan.

• Additional days in the trimesters allow students more time to raise a “failing” grade at midterm.

• The longer trimester supports students who may be struggling by giving them more opportunities to receive help.

• Parent-teacher conferences coincide with the end of the first trimester, giving teachers the opportunity to share more with parents.

After discussing the issue with fourth and fifth grade teachers, those staff members also agreed to switch to trimesters.

 ENROLLMENT—Dr. Boyer told the board that 32 kindergarten students are expected for the next school year as of now, with the annual registration date yet to come.

That marks a gain of five students more than the kindergarten enrollment from last fall.

The current elementary school enrollment of 248 is the lowest in her eight years with the district.

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