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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.

Candidates file for local offices 5.21

Written by David Green.

Seneca Township voters will have one choice to make in the August primary election and one additional choice in November.

Two candidates will face off in the primary to determine who will appear on the November ballot for treasurer to replace Becky Metcalf who chose not to seek another term. Joy Simmons and Marie Meinke both filed as Democrats.

Two trustee candidates filed for two open positions. Incumbent Don Emmons will seek another term and Christopher White, who was appointed to fill a vacancy, will run for a full term.

Allison Ott was the only candidate to file for the clerk’s position that will be vacated by Kim Quist.

Republican John Gould and Democrat Johnathan Klumpp will vie for the township supervisor post in November. Kiel Plummer is not seeking another term.

In Medina Township, only the incumbents are seeking additional terms: supervisor James Craig; clerk Suzette Burk; treasurer Ruth Ann Mansfield; and trustees George Cleghorn and Jack Quigley. Burk had been appointed to fill a vacancy created by Ron Merillat’s resignation.

Morenci voters will see only one city candidate on the November ballot. Greg Braun, who was recently appointed to fill a vacancy, filed a petition to remain on council.

The list of Lenawee County Sheriff candidates ended at eight. County jail corrections officer Thomas Popejoy was the final candidate to file. He joins four other Democratic candidates: Morenci police chief Larry Weeks, undersheriff Gail Dotson, community corrections coordinator Al Navarro and probation officer Steven Beaubien.

On the Republican side, retired sheriff’s captain Jack Welsh, lieutenant Cletus Smith and Adrian police officer John Birdwell will face off in August.

 

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