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.

Teen dance planned in Morenci 10.8

Written by David Green.

Teen dances, complete with live bands, will be scheduled in Morenci.

Organizer Kent Deatrick, who orchestrated a Battle of the Bands for this year’s Town and Country Festival, saw a need for local teens and local bands to come together, so he has organized teen concerts at Taylor Hall, located inside the former Dollar General building.

“My vision is to create a fun and safe place for teens to enjoy that reflects a positive environment and helps add to the other community activities and events,” Deatrick said.

Stereo Static and Chasing Chaos will perform the first concert scheduled from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. All local teens are invited to attend. Admission costs $5 per person. Refreshments will be available to purchase.

REACT, a volunteer security group, will furnish security for all the concerts and will be located inside and outside the building.

Rules for the teen participants to follow include no loitering around the outside premises; no smoking; no illegal drugs or alcoholic beverages will be permitted; no fighting or profanity; and no outside food or drinks. A zero tolerance policy will be in effect and anyone breaking a rule will be escorted from the premises permanently. Rules will be posted at the concert.

To view pictures of the bands and learn of upcoming concerts visit www.visitmorenci.org and click “Events.”

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