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 council 7.16

Written by David Green.

If the Fulton County Commissioners are successful in obtaining funds for a new sewer line from the Riviera Mobile Court, sewage from the 15 units will flow into Fayette’s municipal system for treatment.

Village council members voted 4-2 Thursday to allow the mobile home court to connect with the village system. Craig Rower and Jerry Gonzales voted against the measure.

Commissioners were unsuccessful in obtaining funding for the project last year, but they’ll make another attempt in the current funding cycle.

If successful, a pump house and 2,000-foot forced main will be built to comply with an Ohio EPA directive to either upgrade the system at the court or connect with the village system.

The court is owned by Clemenson Investments, but the county would own the sewer line because federal CDBG funding can only be used for public projects.

This is where Rower and Gonzales lost favor with the project.

“I’m really disturbed that the government uses tax money on private projects and calls it a benefit for all,” Gonzales said.

He added that $100,000 would be used for 15 trailers and not for the benefit of the community at large. Fayette also seeks CDBG funding to assist with its sewer separation project.

Gonzales was told by a commissioner that the funds were earmarked for a low-come project and that Riviera was one of two areas where the money could be used.

In the past, council members have expressed concern about capacity issues with the village treatment system, especially with the elementary school joining the system at the new building. Fulton County engineer Ziad Mussallam has assured the village that sufficient capacity exists.

OFFICER—Council members approved the addition of non-paid police auxiliary patrolman Joe Amos. The Wauseon resident is still attending police academy.

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