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 village council 3.4.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette village council members took a first step Thursday night toward preparing for the summer recreation season.

Councilors voted to accept the Parks and Recreation Board’s suggestion to hire Scott Wagner to serve as parks director again this season, at a salary of $5,000.

Wagner applied for the position, but didn’t make an immediate decision about whether he would accept the job. Wagner wanted to discuss the issue further with the park board.

Village Financial Officer Lisa Zuver told council that Wagner was overpaid by $1,000 last year and Mat Johnson, grounds maintenance supervisor, was overpaid by $500. Council member Jerry Gonzales insisted that the pay rate for this summer should be reduced to make up for the overpayment last year.

Gonzales suggested that Wagner should be paid $4,500 to get a portion of the overpayment back. Instead, council voted 3-2 to “reimburse compensation” for the overpayment in order to make it correct from an auditing standpoint. Gonzales and Ken Delphous opposed the motion.

Council hasn’t yet received a recommendation for concession stand director.

TREES—Village administrator Amy Metz submitted a proposal for an Urban Forestry grant through the U.S.D.A. to remove and replace 75 trees. Funding would come through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus plan.

Councilor Gonzales stated at the meeting that he would vote against accepting any federal money from the stimulus plan.

SEWAGE—Metz also added all phases of the village’s long-term control plan....

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