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 school board 6.18

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

The Fayette Athletic Boosters are ready to help, but they’re looking for some direction on where to begin.

Gorham-Fayette Board of Education members made a decision Monday that will get the booster group off to good start.

“We’ve started thinking about the new athletic fields and we’ve started some fund-raising,” said Boosters member Sarah Schrock, “but we have no idea what you need.”

Schrock and three other representatives told the board their organization is willing to assist.

“We’d just like to get started somehow, in some way,” she said.

Schrock noted that the Boosters wouldn’t be able to cover all costs. An all-weather track alone could cost at least $250,000.

Lesley Fruchey suggested that facilities development could be arranged in phases, with a dollar amount set for each step of the way. This would give the public a clear picture of what’s ahead and show incremental progress.

Superintendent Russell Griggs suggested that a design firm should be hired to create an initial layout, giving everyone involved a common idea of where the project is heading.

Griggs recommended going with professional designers to avoid problems he’s seen in other districts. Someone with experience can bring in all the necessary factors, such as drainage, topography, placement of concessions and rest rooms, bleacher needs, etc.

Board members decided to stay with the Buehrer Group, the architectural firm handling the school construction.

LIBRARIAN—With the announcement of Joyce Koppenhoffer’s retirement, the district will be without a librarian/media center director.

Griggs said he would like to post the job as part-time and check with other districts about sharing a librarian. An aide would be employed when the librarian was not available. Griggs also intends to speak with the Normal Memorial Library staff about cooperative efforts.

In another hiring issue, Griggs spoke of the difficulty of finding someone who is certified in both physical education and health.

FOOD SERVICE—Board members approved a transfer of $6,455 from the general fund to the food service fund to cover a shortfall of cash through the end of the fiscal year. A total of of $22,000 is needed to cover costs through the start of the new school year.

Board members expressed concern about the fund finishing in the red.

Griggs said that food service operates as a business and needs to finish in the black. It will have to become more efficient.

The new school will bring several changes to food service, he said. The start of the closed campus lunch policy will likely lead to more meals served. New, central facilities should also have a positive impact on revenue. In addition, lunch prices are increasing by five cents.

The new point-of-sale cafeteria system will provide information about what students are buying and what they’re passing by.

 Griggs said that data will be collected during the first semester of the coming school year and adjustments can then follow in the second semester.

MISC.—A $1,000 donation from John Winzeler was accepted. A transfer of $693 was approved from the Class of 2008 fund to the Class of 2010.

An agreement with Brumbaugh Herrick, Inc., for asbestos consulting was approved at a cost of $2,700.

Student policy changes, in addition to the closed campus, include forbidding the use of cellular telephones during school hours and the use skateboards and Heely shoes on school property.

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