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 board approves teacher contracts 4.23

Written by David Green.

Fayette’s teachers have a new three-year contract and both sides are praising the other for the cooperative effort.

School board members approved the new contract unanimously Monday at the April meeting.

Superintendent Russ Griggs described the negotiation process as very non-confrontational, with give and take from both sides.

“It was a good process and a good reflection of the attitude and professionalism of the staff,” he said.

Teacher Suzette Boesger, representing the teachers’ association, said that feeling was shared by the staff negotiating team. She called the process a welcome change from some past negotiations.

Griggs said the union accepted a change in health insurance that results in higher deductible charges for staff. However, the savings to the district from that move will cover the cost of a pay increase.

The base salary will increase by 3.0 percent for the 2008-09 school year and by 2.5 percent in 2009-10. The contract language is set for three years, he said, but the salary portion only can be reopened for the final year of the pact.

Among other changes, maternity leave was clarified and limits are placed on the number of days available without the certification of a doctor.

Griggs said another mark of success was that no legal counsel was hired by negotiations.

“That saved thousands of dollars that can be spent on education instead,” he said.

 

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