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.

Seneca Township board 12.17.08

Written by David Green.

With new township officers in place, the Seneca planning commission is now in need of two new members.

The new township supervisor John Gould and new clerk Allison Ott resigned from the commission after their election in November, leaving the board short.

Anyone interested in serving on the planning commission should submit a letter of interest and attend the Jan. 12 board meeting.

The board appointed Gould to represent the township on the Morenci Area EMS board.

Ott told the board she doesn’t have a land line telephone for township residents to contact her. She and the new township treasurer, Marie Meinke, spoke of various needs and the board gave them permission to obtain telephone and internet service and needed supplies.

In the 2008 newsletter, Meinke’s phone number was incorrectly listed. The correct number is 445-2138.

INSPECTOR—Board member Chris White told the new board members the board was interested in finding a new building inspector. Gould said he would talk to the inspector, Kevin Arquette, before a replacement was made.

HARDSHIP—Meinke told the board about a hardship case brought to her attention. The request will be referred to a county official and then evaluated by the township board of review.

DRAIN—The county drain commission determined that a problem drain on Ken Waldfogel’s property is probably illegal and was likely installed by a previous owner of the land. The drain commission disclaimed ownership. Waldfogel was advised to contact the drain commission for additional information.

ILLEGAL—A property owner was contacted about the illegality of a second residence on the property.

 

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