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.

Neal Singles Memorial 5K Run results 9.24

Written by David Green.

The number of runners increased in the third Neal Singles Memorial 5K running event and proceeds jumped by $500.

One hundred and twenty-two runners followed a course through Morenci Sunday morning and 123 walkers completed the one-mile fun walk.

The top female runner was Dominique Miller of Tecumseh, crossing the finish line at  20:57. The first male runner was Sam Skeels of Adrian who finished at 16:23.

Organizers expect a profit of about $4,000 will go into a scholarship fund administered by the Morenci Education Foundation.

“It was great to see the addition of many more Morenci people in the running event,” said Jackie Schaffner, who coordinates the fund-raiser along with Heather Walker and Drew Stella. “I’m impressed with the young talent we have in our community.”

Walker was also pleased with the 5K participation.

“We had several more participants in the 5K this year than last,” she said. “I think it’s great how the event seems to be encouraging local people to start running. Every year is seems our event has been the motivating force behind a new group of residents getting in shape.”

Schaffner and Walker were delighted with the help they received in planning and running the event.

“The planning went very smoothly this year,” Walker said. “We have a great group of core volunteers who know their jobs now and handle things seamlessly.”

One glitch in this year’s event was a shortage of T-shirts. Participants are encouraged to register early to guarantee a commemorative shirt. Organizers hope to do better next year to make sure an adequate supply is available, but note that it’s difficult to anticipate how many runners will show up on race day to register.

Female

11 and under: Madison Gleckler, 25:51; Brooke Baumgartner, 26:16; Bailee Dominique, 27:02.

12-14: Rachel Sodergren, 26:55; Taylor Baugh, 28:29; Korin Baumgartner, 30:50.

15-18: Kate Gallup, 25:56; Tara Ely, 26:44; Jade Pfund, 30:50.

19-24: Devon Barrett, 24:12; Brianna Sutherland, 28:48; Carmen Ely, 29:24.

25-29: Amanda Harsh, 34:36; Kristin Owens, 43:02; Molly McDowell, 49:29.

30-34: Kristie Jones, 22:06; Trina Romanowski, 22:27; Kassandra Dominique, 23:00.

35-39: Shanda Borck, 23:48; Denise Dashner, 25:12; Brenda Rupp, 26:42.

40-44: Karen Donahue, 22:29; Angie VanOstrand, 24:20; Jean Blankenship, 26:0.

45-49: Kym Ries, 29:28; Heidi Drake, 30:06; Lisa Acuna, 35:25.

50-54: Jo Essenmacher, 24:56; Cheryl Strumski, 28:40; Kathie Brock, 29:52.

55-59: Diana Box, 35:09; Linda Dusseau, 40:03; Jody Owens, 43:02.

60-69: Mary Steinhauser, 30:41; Theresa Marvin, 34:08; Diana Rupp, 41:13.

Male

11 and under: Cameron Fee, 25:40; Keegan Fee, 29:11; Zane Woerner, 30:28.

12-14: Anthony Frank, 25:03; KC Clegg, 26:30; Kris Iott, 27:12.

15-18: Zach Phillips, 17:39; Jeff Nofziger, 18:52; Micah Gillen, 19:07.

19-24: Michael Singles, 20:34; Stephen Singles, 21:17.

25-29: Jason Austgen, 20:44; Jason Whitcomb, 21:15; Jamie DeVoe, 22:30.

30-34: Matt Carpenter, 18:42; Brad Frank, 22:43; Corey Borck, 27:55.

35-39: Tom Romanowski, 16:36; Brad Brown, 21:03; John Rorick, 21:31.

40-44: John Dominique, 19:28; Bernie Marvin, 22:24; Tim Pinkelman, 25:41.

45-49: Domingo Valadez, 26:13; Tim Speed, 22:38.

50-54: Dave Barrett, 20:54; Dave Eichler, 21;10; Terry Kotalik, 21:46.

55-59: Ron Carpenter, 20:09; Tom MacNaughton, 20:58; Donald Basher, 21:29.

60-69: Cyril Steinhauser, 31:17; Doyce Rupp, 41:13.

70 and over: Bernie Marvin, 28:32; Everett Luoma, 31:41; Earl Woerner, 34:11.

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