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.

Primary election results 8.13

Written by David Green.

Morenci police chief Larry Weeks was hoping for strong support from Morenci voters to help him win the primary election in his bid to become the Lenawee County Sheriff.

He received the vast majority of votes cast on the Democratic ballot, but there just weren’t enough votes cast from Morenci residents to make the difference.

Only 250 of about 1,400 registered voters went to the polls, and in the overall county vote, Weeks fell about 700 votes short of the winner, Gail Dotson. Dotson will face Jack Welsh in the November general election.

In the Michigan primary election, voters must choose either a Republican or Democratic ballot.

Morenci voters made their choices on only three contested races on the Republican ballot.

• Sheriff: Jack Welsh, 34; Cletus Smith, 32; John Birdwell, 3.

• Road commissioner: Donald Isley, 49; Matt Koester, 13; Douglas Lerch, 7.

• Drain commissioner: Stephen May, 46; Eric Anderson, 22.

There were only two contested races on the Democratic ballot.

• Sheriff: Larry Weeks, 135; Al Navarro, 16; Gail Dotson, 10; Steve Beaubien, 8; Thomas Popejoy, 2.

• U.S. Congress: Mark Schauer, 71; Sharon Renier, 67.

In county-wide voting, Welsh took a narrow victory over Smith in the sheriff race: Jack Welsh, 2,848; Cletus B. Smith, 2,722;  John Birdwell, 733.

On the Democratic ticket, Dotson won by a large measure, but the next three candidates all finished with similar tallies: Gail Dotson, 1,507; Adolio Navarro, Jr. 858; Larry Weeks, 794; Steve Beaubien, 714; Thomas Popejoy, Jr., 87.

Isley won the primary vote for road commission, 2,958, over nearest opponent Koester, 1,804.

May won the drain commissioner vote, 3,660 to Anderson’s 2,100.

All Medina Township offices were uncontested.

On the Democratic ticket, Schauer defeated Renier, 1,917 to 1,662 in the county and 17,268 to 9,034 in the congressional district.

Marie Meinke defeated Joy Simmons 26 to 21 in the Seneca Township treasurer vote.

A Seneca Township road and bridge levy was renewed by a vote of 109 to 32.

A six-year renewal of the county senior citizen levy for the Lenawee County Department on Aging was approved 7,408 to 2.004.

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