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.

Fayette youth group to try a 30-hour famine 2.25

Written by David Green.

Fayette Church of the Nazarene’s youth group members will join thousands of other youngsters across the country in “starving for food” this weekend.

Twenty-five area youths will participate in a 30-hour famine starting Friday noon. The group will consume only liquids to experience what the poorest children and families face every day.

At the same time, the youngsters will go door-to-door in Fayette to collect food for Fayette’s Helping Hands Food Pantry. The need for assistance remains strong in the area and the food bank is in need of additional donations of food.

Half a million teen-agers are expected to participate in the World Vision 30-Hour Famine in an effort to raise $12 million to fight world hunger in areas of extreme poverty. This year marks the 18th annual famine event sponsored by World Vision.

The 25 members of Fayette’s Nazarene youth group hope to end their fund-raising effort with $2,010 collected—enough money to help feed and provide basic care for 67 children for a month, at a dollar a day.

Containers for donations are in place in several Fayette stores. Donations can also be made online at www.30hourfamine.org. Fayette’s group number is 103253491.

At 6 p.m. Saturday, the 25 hungry teens will end their fast and count the donations from community members.

• World Vision works to supply clean water, sustainable food sources, health care, education, and economic opportunities in several of the world’s poorest countries.

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