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.

Seneca Township board meeting 7.10

Written by David Green.

Seneca Township board members voted last month to join Morenci and Medina Township in raising the ambulance service fee by 10 percent.

The annual assessment charged each residence increases from $75 to $82.50.

Pay increases are included in the 2008-09 budget approved by the board. The annual salary for the supervisor and treasurer will increase by $500 to $8,100. The township clerk’s pay takes a bigger jump, from $8,500 to $9,600.

Trustees will now be paid $150 for each meeting, up from $100, and the hourly rate will increase from $9 to $11. Jan Emmons will receive $15 for cleaning the township hall—up from $10.

A PA116 application was approved for property owned by Gould Farms and a second application from the Goulds will be considered at the August meeting.

EMS—The balance in the Morenci Area EMS budget stood at $11,376 as of May 31, with no bank loan remaining.

FUNDING—Don Emmons learned at the May township association meeting that state revenue sharing was expected to remain the same as last year.

FEES—Building inspector Kevin Arquette is expected to attend the August township meeting to discuss the fee schedule for building permits.

DRAIN—Ken Waldfogel spoke to the board about drain problems on Railroad Street. He was told by the Lenawee County Drain Commission that it’s a township drain and the board could contract with the commission for repairs.

ROAD—Elliott Highway will be wedged but not sealed due to lack of funds.

MEETINGS—The next township board meeting is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11. A board of review meeting will be announced later this month.

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