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.

Sewer system sought for Fayette mobile court 5.14

Written by David Green.

The Fulton County Commissioners will try again to obtain a $100,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for a proposed sewer line to connect the Riviera Mobile Court with Fayette’s municipal treatment system.

Fayette village council members, however, are not in favor of accepting the added sewage.

A public hearing was scheduled last October to collect public opinion on the proposal, but funding for the project was not approved.

A public hearing is scheduled at 9:45 a.m. May 29 in the Commissioners’ board room in Wauseon to collect opinion once again before filing a funding request.

The project calls for construction of a pump house and 2,000-foot forced main from the court located south of Fayette on St. Rt. 66.

The line would serve 15 mobile homes and possibly the house on the property. Tapping into the line by other users would not be allowed, said Fulton County Sanitary Engineer Ziad Mussallam.

The mobile home court is owned by Clemenson Investments, but the county would own the line because federal CDBG funding can only be used for public projects. The Ohio EPA has ordered the owners to upgrade the existing sewage treatment system or join in the village system.

Fayette village council members voted in October 2006 to accept a proposal to handle the mobile court sewage, contingent on approval by the Ohio EPA and a determination of sufficient capacity.

The village system is already nearing capacity and construction of the new K-12 school will add to the system.

The issue was discussed at the May 8 village council meeting, with council members expressing opposition to the plan. Council’s public works committee recommended to Mussallam that a one-year evaluation period should follow the opening of the new school before any additional sewage is brought into the system.

“I don’t think anyone is against it,” councilor Jerry Gonzales said. “We just don’t have the capacity.”

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