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.

Fether/Keller wedding 12.04.08

Written by David Green.

Heidi Jane Keller and Matthew Jacob Fether were united in marriage Sept. 20, 2008, at the Morenci United Methodist Church. Nick Keller performed the ceremony.wedding.fether.keller.jpg

Haley Keller of Fayette, sister of the bride, served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were friends Taryn Donahue of Napoleon, Ohio, and Emily Ford of Cleveland, Ohio; and sister of the groom Jen Fether, of Holland, Ohio. Cousin of the bride, Brea Baumgartner of Morenci, was flower girl.

John Bird of Wauseon, friend of the groom, served as best man. Groomsmen were brother of the groom Brian Fether of Fayette and friends Andy VanZile and Zach Lester, both of Fayette. Ushers were brothers of the bride, Scott Keller of Holland, Ohio, and Brian Keller of Cincinnati, Ohio. Cousin of the bride Bowen Baumgartner of Morenci, was ring bearer.

A reception hosted by Steve and Alice Smith, aunt and uncle of the groom, followed the ceremony at the Knights of Columbus hall in Archbold.

Heidi is the daughter of Dan and Jackie Keller of Fayette. She earned a bachelor of education degree from the University of Toledo in 2007. She is employed as the K-12 music director at Deerfield Public Schools.

Matthew is the son of Curtis and Irene Fether of Fayette. He earned a bachelor of engineering degree from the University of Toledo in 2006. He is employed as an electrical engineer at Wauseon Machine and is also a member of the Delta Community Fire Department.

Following a honeymoon in Jamaica, the couple has made their home in Delta, Ohio.

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