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 Fall Fest scheduled Sept. 27 9.17

Written by David Green.

Fayette’s 12th annual Fall Fest is coming Sept. 27 in the downtown business district.

The weekend event will kick off Friday night with a teen dance at the American Legion, sponsored by the Fayette Firefighter Explorers.

The main events begin Saturday morning with the car and truck show at the Methodist Church parking lot. Produce and fall flowers will be sold on North Fayette Street that will be closed to traffic for a block.

Merchandise will also be on sale from area businesses, organizations and school groups. Items will from craft booths and flea markets will be on display along Main Street.

The pie baking contest returns with judging in the Opera House at 10 a.m. Apple, pecan and pumpkin pies are the featured flavors.

New events this year include a corn hole contest sponsored by the Explorers and a car bash sponsored by the Volley for a Cure group.

Fayette’s FFA group will take charge of the Kiddieland events again this year from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Visitors will have plenty of food choices. Don Stiriz’s bean and ham soup will be simmering in the copper kettle and the Arts Council will again offer sausage and hamburgers.

The Fayette Christian Church plans a bake sale, the Lions Club will offer milkshakes and the Church of the Nazarene will sell caramel apples, carmel corn and Hawaiian ice.

Downtown restaurants Amigo’s and Buckboard Grill will also offer festival specials.

Live entertainment on the Village Green includes performances by Phyllis Page, Steve and Tina Snider and “Big Al” the DJ.

For more information about the festival, contact Amy Mitchell by calling 419/237-1905.

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