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.

Jason Cook appointed to Morenci city council 10.15.08

Written by David Green.

Morenci has a new city council member to replace Dick Hewitt who attended his last meeting Monday.

Hewitt resigned his seat since he will be out of town for much of the winter.

Council voted to appoint Jason Cook to a one-year term that will expire with the general election in November 2009.

Cook was nominated and chosen by a 5-2 vote, with Leasa Slocum and Keith Pennington voting against his nomination.

Former mayor Russ Sutherland and former council member Jason Bryant also submitted letters of interest in serving.

POLICE—Police chief Larry Weeks received 28 applications to fill two part-time positions.

“The job market blesses us with a great pool of candidates,” he said, noting that half of the applicants had earned bachelor’s degrees.

Morenci native Ryan Hillard and Somerset resident Bradley Elston were hired to help the department expand coverage time. Weeks said he’s been short on officers for several weeks.

SIDEWALKS—When sidewalk repair and replacement gets underway in the next fiscal year, July 1, Gorham Street will be the focus of work.

PRISONERS—Council approved a work agreement with the Department of Corrections for prison labor. Rates were lowered to half the cost of a year ago.

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