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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 village council 5.14

Written by David Green.

When Fayette village administrator Amy Metz asked council members for a ranking of village priorities, the consensus was nearly unanimous for the number one concern: sewage treatment.

Faced with the Ohio EPA’s orders to upgrade the treatment system and limits on growth due to capacity issues, council members agree that sewage treatment remains a vital concern.

Metz reviewed at the May 8 council meeting the lists submitted by five of six council members plus the mayor.

Economic development placed second in the rankings, with the goals of bringing more businesses and jobs to the community.

Following that was street repairs, seeking alternative energy (wind power, in particular), communication (between village personnel and with school and township officials), repairing the brush chipper and repairing sidewalks.

WATER LEAK—Chris Keifer talked to council about a continuing water problem in the basement of his video rental store on Main Street.

“You have a leak somewhere,” he said. “It’s been four months and something has to be done.”

Aqua-Line could not find a leak in the village water system, however, Keifer pointed out that the water has tested positive for chlorine.

John Becker told council the leak seems to be identical to a problem in the building three and a half years ago. He suspects the previous patch in the waterline broke loose last summer when S. Fayette Street was rebuilt. He told council the likely location of the leak and village workers will investigate.

DRIVEWAY CUTS—In the S. Fayette St. curbing project, two driveway cuts were missed on the east side of the road, Jerry Gonzales said in his public works committee report. He said the committee recommended having the work done and sending the bill to Arcadis, the village engineering firm.

Councilor Ruth Marlatt disagreed with that suggestion.

“Those people were contacted repeatedly,” she said about the property owners who no longer live in the community. “They were asked for placement [of a drive] and didn’t answer. It shouldn’t be charged to Arcadis.”

The property owner didn’t respond about the grassed over drives and no work was done.

Gonzales said that contact should have been made through a certified letter. Metz said she would check on documentation of communication with the owners...

 

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