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.

Smoke detectors to be given away 10.29.08

Written by David Green.

The Morenci Fire Association is teaming up with the local Kiwanis Club to accomplish one important goal: Getting working smoke detectors into more area homes.

Fire chief Chad Schisler emphasizes the word “working.” From his experience fighting fires, he knows a lot of homes have smoke detectors that aren’t functioning.

At a recent fire in the area, the house had at least two smoke detectors in place, but they weren’t functioning.

The smoke detector project goes beyond the usual reminders to change batteries and test detectors.

With the financial help of the Kiwanis Club, the Fire Association will give away detectors for free to those in need. Members will even install the detectors, if requested.

“Our intention is to get smoke detectors into homes that don’t have them,” Schisler said. “Homes with children present will have first priority. We really want to get people protected.”

The Kiwanians will buy smoke detectors from Johnson’s Hardware. Anyone interested in obtaining one should leave a message at the fire department by calling 458-2301.

Schisler will schedule a time to deliver a unit and talk about proper installation.

The offer is good for residents throughout the department’s coverage area in Morenci and the townships of Medina, Seneca and Chesterfield.

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