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.

Dedication is Sunday for Fayette school 8.13

Written by David Green.

Gorham Fayette school district residents have watched the progress for months and months. Now the wait is nearly over. District residents will finally have a look at their new K-12 school building Sunday afternoon.

Ground was broken almost exactly two years ago in a farm field south of Gamble Road. This time the ceremony is planned in the new gymnasium when the facility is unveiled and dedicated.

Superintendent Russell Griggs will welcome guests at 2 p.m. Sunday, followed by remarks from board of education president Paula Schaffner.

Board vice president David Brinegar will introduce other board members before Supt. Griggs returns to the podium to introduce the guest speaker, State Rep. Bruce Goodwin.

The school band will play two selections during the ceremony.

Griggs says the facility will usher in “a new era of education” for Fayette area children. Collecting and processing information is done in ways different from even a decade ago and many technological advances are incorporated into the new facility.

A computer lab and mobile computer cart will be bolstered by four computers in each classroom for student use. Teachers will take advantage of interactive white boards (“smart boards”), in addition to audio visual and telecommunications equipment incorporated into each classroom.

The $18.2 million project was largely funded through the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission (OSFC) that funnels tobacco settlement money into school construction projects.

The OSFC contributed $13.6 million, leaving district voters to pay $4.6 million. In 2005, district residents approved a 7.6 mill bond issue by a vote of 438-306. The millage rate includes a required half mill that’s set aside for maintenance of the facility.

The owner of a $75,000 home pays about $194 a year.

The 60 acre parcel of land leaves space for future athletic fields and for crops planted by the agricultural science classes.

Rooms are arranged with the regular academic classrooms clustered at the front of the school—elementary on one side, secondary on the other. Other subjects, such as art, music, life skills and vocational agriculture, are taught in rooms farther back in the structure.

Administrative offices are located in front of the school, between the two academic wings.

The large high school gymnasium and the smaller elementary gymnasium are at the back.

Fayette’s old high school was constructed in 1929, with additions built in 1953, 1973 and 1997. The elementary school, located in Zone, was built in 1937 and a classroom addition was constructed in 1958.

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