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    FIRST SNOW—Heavy, wet flakes piled deep on tree branches—and windshields—as the area received its first significant snowfall of the season. “Usually it begins with a dusting or two,” said George Isobar, Morenci’s observer for the National Weather Service, “but this time it came with a vengeance.” By the end of the day Saturday, a little over four inches of snow was on the ground. Now comes the thaw with temperatures in the 40s and 50s for three days.
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    SKEWERS, gumdrops, and marshmallows are all that’s needed to create interesting shapes and designs for Layla McDowell Saturday at Stair District Library’s “Sculptamania!” Open House. The program featuring design games and materials is one part of a larger project funded by a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from Disney and the American Library Association. Additional photos are on page 7.
    Morenci marching band members took to the field Friday night dressed for Halloween during the Bulldog’s first playoff game. Morenci fans had a bit of a scare until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs scored 30 points to leave Lenawee Christian School behind. Whiteford visits Morenci this Friday for the district championship game. From the left is Clayton Borton, Morgan Merillat and James O’Brien.
    DNA PUZZLE—Mitchell Storrs and Wyatt Mohr tackle a puzzle representing the structure of DNA. There’s only one correct way for all the pieces to fit. It’s one of the new materials that can be used in both biology and chemistry classes, said teacher Loretta Cox.
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    A TRAFFIC control worker stands in the middle of Morenci’s Main Street Tuesday morning, waiting for the next flow of vehicles to be let through from the west. The dusty gravel surface was sealed with a layer of tar, leaving only the application of paint for new striping. The project was completed in conjunction with county road commission work west of Morenci.
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    JUNIORS Jazmin Smith and Trevor Corkle struggle against a team from the sophomore class Friday during the annual tug of war at the Homecoming Games pep rally. Even the seniors struggled against the sophomores who won the competition. At the main course of the day, the Bulldog football team struggled against Whiteford in a homecoming loss.
    YOUNG soccer players surived a chilly morning Saturday in Morenci’s PTO league. From the left is Emma Cordts, Wayne Corser, Carter and Levi Seitz, Briella York and Drew Joughin. Two more weeks of soccer remain for this season.
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    BOWEN BAUMGARTNER of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge constructed by the Tecumseh Boy Scout troop Sunday at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The bridge was one of many challenges, displays and games set up for the annual Youth Jamboree by the Michigan DNR. Additional photos on are the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    One of four senior candidates will be crowned the fall homecoming queen during half-time of this week’s Morenci-Whiteford football game. In the back row (left to right) is exchange student Kinga Vidor (her escort will be Caylob Alcock), seniors Alli VanBrandt (escorted by Sam Cool), Larissa Elliott (escorted by Clayton Borton), Samantha Wright (escorted by JJ Elarton) and Justis McCowan (escorted by Austin Gilson), and exchange student Rebecca Rosenberger (escorted by Garrett Smith). Front row freshman court member Allie Kaiser (escorted by Anthony Thomas), sophomore Marlee Blaker (escorted by Nate Elarton) and junior Cheyenne Stone (escorted by Dominick Sell).
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    GETTING READY—Jerad Gleckler pounds nails to secure a string of holiday lights on the side of the Wakefield Park concession stand while other members of the Volunteer Club and others hold them in place. The volunteers showed up Sunday afternoon to string lights at the park. The decorating project will continue this Sunday. Denise Walsh is in charge of the effort this year.
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Fayette voters favor Obama 11.12.08

Written by David Green.

Fayette voters were willing to split the ticket to help put Barack Obama in the White House, despite the county-wide support for McCain-Palin.

Only 64.5 percent of registered voters went to the polls on election day in Fayette and in Gorham Township. County-wide participation came in at 73 percent.

Voters in the village favored Obama by a 257-233 (51-46 percent) margin and also supported Democrat Richard Cordray for attorney general, 243-196, but in all other offices Fayette voters  favored GOP candidates.

County-wide, McCain took a 53-45 percent edge and Republican Mike Crites won by a 49-46 margin for attorney general, with independent Robert Owens polling the remainder of the votes.

In Gorham Township, McCain took a 58-40 percent edge and Crites won by a smaller margin, 52-42.

Voting on the five state ballot issues in Fayette and the township mirrored county results.

State-wide, Obama finished on top with a 51-47 percent advantage, while Cordray took a 57-37 victory. Bob Latta (R) was returned to Congress by a 64-36 percent margin and Bruce Goodwin (R) will remain as state representative with a 63-37 edge.

In Fayette, Latta won 59-41 percent and Goodwin won 56-44. In Gorham Township, Latta won 73-27 percent and Goodwin won 66-34.

In the only local contested office, incumbent county commissioner Dean Genter (R) took a 60-40 percent victory against Michael VanWagner. Genter finished with 60-40 percent support in Fayette and 69-31 percent in the township.

 Voting chart for Fayette, Gorham Twp. & Fulton County

McCain/Palin (R)    233    298    11,414
Obama/Biden (D)    257    198    9,627

Attorney General
Mike Crites     (R)    196    236    9,278
Richard Cordray (D)    243    189    8,748

Bob Latta (R)    278    340    13,121
George Mays (D)    195    127    6,745

State Rep.
Bruce Goodwin (R)    261    293    11,116
David Pilliod (D)        203    154    8,283

County Comm.
Dean Genter (R)        286    313    11,694
Michael VanWagner (D)    187    142    7,703 


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