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 Pool Meeting 7.2

Written by David Green.

Fayette’s park board won’t accept any excuses such as “I never knew about it.” They’re making sure the word gets out about a special meeting July 9 to discuss the community pool.

Fliers will be posted in downtown businesses this week, said park director Scott Wager. On Monday, volunteers will go door-to-door to distribute fact sheets about the pool and the meeting. The meeting will start at the pool at 7 p.m. next Wednesday, then move to the shelter house for a discussion.

The park board wants community members to have a clear understanding of  why the pool is closed this summer and they want the public’s opinions on the future of the facility.

Neither the park board nor the village government has sufficient funding to cover the cost of repairs. Options, Wagner said, include going for a levy specifically for the pool, seeking help from the townships and asking for donations from businesses, foundations, etc. One other option is to close the pool due to a lack of funds.

Wagner will present estimates for needed repairs and Trent Lavinder will speak about previous maintenance work when he was employed by the village.

“We want to let people decide,” Wagner said. “If they don’t show up, we’ll know they don’t care.”

BLUES—Planning continues for a blues festival scheduled Aug. 16. The event will serve as a fund raiser for the park board.

Three bands will play 90-minute sessions, with 15-minute intermission in between each. The festival is scheduled from 4 to 11 p.m., with music from 5 to 10 p.m.

Guests will be charged $5 each and children under 12 will be admitted free. The event will take place inside the village running track.

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