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.

Ohio bowhunting season starts Sept. 27

Written by David Green.

Approximately 300,000 bowhunters, representing more than half of all Ohioans who hunt deer, are expected to participate in the statewide archery deer hunting season that opens September 27, according to experts with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
During last year's four-month archery season, bowhunters killed 78,639 deer, an increase of nearly 16 percent from the previous year. Crossbow hunters took 42,292 of that number and longbow hunters took a record 36,347 deer.  Overall, archers accounted for nearly 34 percent of 232,854 deer taken during Ohio's combined 2007-08 archery, muzzleloader and gun seasons.

LickingCounty led the state in both the vertical bow and crossbow harvest.  Coshocton,Knox, Tuscarawas, Holmes,and Guernsey rounded out the top five counties in crossbow harvest, while Coshocton, Knox, Tuscarawas, and Muskingumcompleted the list of top five counties in vertical bow harvest.
Again this year, hunters who purchase an Ohio hunting license and $24 deer permit will be eligible to buy the $15 antlerless deer permit, and is valid September 27 through November 30.  New this year, the $15 antlerless deer permit will be valid through December 7 in Zone C only. However, the $15 antlerless permit may only be purchased until November 30, 2008
"In spite of a record antlerless harvest - due largely to the $15 antlerless permit - more work is needed, particularly in eastern counties if Ohio is to continue to be a model for the rest of the country.  Hunters are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the antlerless permit." said Mike Tonkovich, deer biologist for the Division of Wildlife. 

Ohio hunters are encouraged to kill more does this season using the reduced-priced  Antlerless Deer Permit and donate any extra venison to the needy.  The Division is collaborating with Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) to help pay for the processing of donated venison. Hunters who donate their deer to a food bank are not required to pay the processing cost as long as funding for the effort lasts.  More information about this program can be found online at www.fhfh.org

After November 30, archery hunters must use a deer permit for antlerless deer. Using the $15 antlerless deer permit, hunters can take one additional antlerless deer in Zone A, up to two additional in Zone B, and up to three additional in Zone C.  The antlerless deer permits will also be valid for Division of Wildlife controlled deer hunts and for hunting deer in an urban unit.

This year's statewide archery season remains open from September 27 through February 1, including the week of deer-gun season December 1 through December 7.  Deer-gun hunters will also be able to enjoy an additional weekend of hunting December 20 and 21.  Archers may hunt one half-hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset, except during the statewide gun, youth and muzzleloader seasons when they are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.  Archers hunting during the statewide gun, youth or muzzleloader seasons must meet the hunter orange requirements of those seasons.

To hunt deer in Ohio, hunters must possess a deer permit in addition to a valid hunting license. State law allows hunters to take only one antlered buck per year, regardless the type of deer season, deer permit or weapon used for deer hunting.


A detailed listing of deer hunting rules is contained in the 2008-2009 Ohio Hunting Regulations that is available where licenses are sold, or may be viewed online at http://wildohio.com .

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