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.

Black/VanBrandt wedding 11.05.08

Written by David Green.

Lynette VanBrandt and Dr. Grant Black were united in marriage July 26, 2008, at the Historic Oliver Gardens, Center for History in South Bend, Ind. Rev. James Williams performed the ceremony.

The bride was given away by her oldest brother, Neil VanBrandt.wedding.black.vanbrandt.jpg

Roseann Miller of Morenci, sister of the bride, served as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Amy Schmidt of Morenci, sister of the bride; friends of the bride, Candice Rance of Bristol, Ind., and Melissa Leman of Forest, Va.; and Jourdan Kruchowski of St. Louis, Mo., cousin of the groom. Caroline Black of Wildwood, Mo., the groom’s niece, was flower girl.

Carrol Black, father of the groom, served as best man. Groomsmen were Todd Black, of Wildwood, Mo., brother of the groom; and friends of the groom, Ken Mayger of Cumming, Ga., Curtis Campbell of North Mankato, Minn., and Jerome Spivey of Atlanta, Ga. Carter VanBrandt, of Clayton, Mich., the bride’s nephew, was ring bearer.

A luncheon reception followed the ceremony in the gardens.  The newest married and longest married couples were honored during the reception, and guests were entertained by a caricature artist.

The couple honeymooned in the Adirondacks of New York and have made their home in Mishawaka, Ind.

Roseann is the daughter of Barbara (and Jon) Wright of Morenci, and the late Cyril VanBrandt. 

Grant is the son of Carrol and Lorene Black of Maryland Heights, Mo.

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