Wrestling show coming to Morenci 8.6

Written by David Green.

Wrestling is coming to Morenci—first in September and then again next June at the Town and Country Festival.

Morenci city council members voted July 28 to guarantee a $1,000 loan for the festival committee and to loan as much as $1,000 more, if needed, to pay for a wrestling fund-raiser in September.

Phil Monahan will bring his Championship International Wrestling show to Morenci next month featuring competitors from the area, to serve as a fund raiser for the festival.

The festival committee is considering  a Sept. 6 show date, but had not made final arrangements for use of the school gymnasium.

Next summer, Monahan would bring in a wider range of wrestlers from outside the area for outdoor entertainment at the festival.

Morenci mayor Doug Erskin was told that Monahan produced successful fund-raisers in Waldron, Adrian and other area locations.

CEMETERY—Council added a mausoleum entombment fee to the schedule of cemetery fees. The cemetery sexton is occasionally asked to open a mausoleum when a family member is interred, but no fee for the service had been established.

TERRORISM—In order to be eligible for funding through the United Way, council approved an anti-terrorism compliance resolution.

FIRE DEPARTMENT—Dereck Bode and Nathan Reeser were approved as new members of the Morenci Fire Department.

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    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    ONE-TWO PUNCH—Morenci’s Griffin Grieder saved his best for last, running his fastest time ever in the 110-meter high hurdles at the state finals Saturday in Grand Rapids to finish first in the state in Div. IV. His brother Luke, a junior (right), claimed the state runner-up spot. Bulldog junior Bailee Dominique placed seventh in the 100-meter dash.
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    MORENCI senior class president Mikayla Price leads the way Sunday afternoon from the Church of the Nazarene to the United Methodist Church for the baccalaureate ceremony. Later in the day, 39 members of the senior class received diplomas in the high school gymnasium.
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