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.

Dinner to benefit Linda (Davis) Keefer 6.25

Written by David Green.

There was a week in late March that was no ordinary one for Linda (Davis) Keefer.

Her husband, John, lost his job at Sauder Woodworking due to layoffs. A new grandchild was born, but soon needed surgery.

And Linda was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.linda.keefer.jpg

Since then, it’s been a whirl of diagnoses, prognoses, and finally the start of treatment.

Specialists in the area weren’t able to offer much encouragement. Prognoses were all pessimistic. Linda, who just recently turned 60, decided to contact the Cancer Center of America and she liked their approach.

There was no longer any talk of how many months she had left. Instead they focused on a cure and she made the decision to enroll in an experimental treatment program.

Since early May, she’s been making a trip to the Chicago area every two weeks for treatment and hoping for good results.

“She has a really positive attitude,” said her niece Ivy Hutchison.

Linda is a sister of Janet, Creatta, Judy and Ivan Davis. She married John Keefer of Fayette in 1967 and they have two daughters, Amy and Angie.

Linda was employed at Morenci Rubber Products for many years and worked as a house cleaner until recently.

Digestive trouble led doctors to believe Linda had a gall bladder problem, but the ailment continued following surgery and eventually a tumor was discovered.

The cost of treatment is only partially covered by health insurance due to the experimental nature of the therapy. In addition, the Keefers are facing mounting costs from transportation and lodging from the bi-weekly trips to Chicago.

Hog Roast

Due to the financial burdens, family members and friends are organizing a benefit hog roast at the Morenci Sportsman’s Club from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday. A donation of only $5 a person or $20 a family is suggested.

It’s a bargain for a good meal, Hutchison said, with a menu of roast hog, cheesy potatoes, baked beans, salad bar and ice cream sundaes.

Hutchison is approaching the event as a  fun celebration for Linda. Glenn Flint will provide musical entertainment, along with any brave guests who walk up to the karaoke stage.

Donations are coming in for a silent auction, raffle prizes and door prizes.

Guests can go home with a variety of gift certificates from area businesses, a hand-made quilt and doily, a variety of gift baskets, toys, a fishing pole and lure, a cooler on wheels, and much more. Additional donations will be collected this week.

A savings account at United Bank and Trust is also set up for donations.

For additional information, call Hutchison at 458-1166.

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