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.

Morenci favors Obama 11.12.08

Written by David Green.

Voter turnout in Morenci remained low in the recent presidential election, but the city favored a Democratic candidate for what’s believed to be only the fourth time in history.

Fifty-nine percent of Morenci’s registered voters went to the polls last week, slightly better than Medina Township’s 57 percent and less than Seneca Township’s 64 percent. County-wide, 67 percent of eligible voters participated, better than the national 60 percent figure.

Morenci voters favored Barack Obama by a 56-42 percent margin, 519-395. In the townships, Seneca voters supported Obama 289-261 and Medina voters went with John McCain, 294-202. County-wide, Obama won by a 51-46 percent tally.

Congressional Democratic candidate Mark Schauer took a narrow win against incumbent Tim Walberg, but Walberg, a Tipton resident, came out on top in Lenawee County, 49-47 percent. In Morenci, Walberg won 471-405; in Medina Township, 314-160; and in Seneca Township, 307-235.

Dudley Spade was returned to his state house seat with a strong 68-32 percent support county-wide. In Morenci, the margin was 70-30 percent; in Medina, 65-35; and in Seneca, 71-29.

Additional ticket splitting put Jack Welsh (R) into the county sheriff office with a 56-43  percent margin. In Morenci, Welsh defeated Democratic opponent Gail Dotson 62-37 percent; in Medina, 64-35; and in Seneca, 61-38.

Morenci voters favored both of the state proposals on the ballot, and both were approved state-wide. Both measures failed in the townships.

Morenci’s Greg Braun was returned to city council, running unopposed.

The Medina Township road and bridge maintenance millage was easily renewed for another four years, 301-174. The millage brings in about $82,000 annually.

Medina officials ran unopposed: Jim Craig, supervisor; Suzette Burk, clerk; Ruth Ann Mansfield, treasurer; and George Cleghorn and Jack Quigley, trustees.

In Seneca Township, John Gould posted a 325-214 win over Johnathan Klumpp for township supervisor. Marie Meinke survived a write-in campaign for township treasurer with 410 votes. Ninety-nine write-in votes were cast, with Bob Walton filing as a candidate.

Donald Emmons and Chris White were chosen to remain on the board of trustees. The two ran unopposed.

President
McCain/Palin (R) 395
Obama/Biden (D) 519

U.S. Senator
Jack Hoogendyk (R) 322
Carl Levin (D) 519

U.S. Congress
Tim Walberg (R) 471
Mark Shauer (D) 405

State Rep.
Emma Jenkin (R) 267
Dudley Spade (D) 632

County Sheriff
Jack Welsh (R) 560
Gail Dodson (D) 333

County Road Comm.
Don Isley (R) 464
Dale Schug 282

Medical marijuana
Y: 476 N: 401

Stem Cell proposal
Y: 457 N: 418

Morenci voter turnout: 59%

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