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.

Program aimed at preventing foreclosure 3.18.09

Written by David Green.

Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) Executive Director Keith Molin last week announced the receipt of contingent awards in the amount of $2.4 million to support Michigan’s foreclosure prevention counseling efforts and $617,646 in Legal Assistance Funds.

The much-needed boost will enable the MSHDA to provide more foreclosure counseling than ever before to Michigan homeowners in danger of losing their homes. The announcement of the grants coincides with the launch of a public service media campaign—including print, television, radio and web messages—that urges homeowners to call MSHDA counselors before they miss a payment.

The best chance for Michigan homeowners in financial trouble to keep their homes is to address financial issues and work with their mortgage lenders early, before it’s too late.

“These grants are good news for Michigan’s economic recovery and especially good news for homeowners caught in the throes of the mortgage crisis,” Molin said. “The grants will help thousands of homeowners get the necessary guidance, or legal assistance if needed, to prevent the foreclosure process and ‘Save the Dream’ of homeownership.”

The grant to support Michigan’s foreclosure intervention efforts was provided by funds from the National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling Program. The initial funding was provided by Congress in the 2008 fiscal year.

“We are delighted to have had a role in bringing these funds to Michigan through a laborious grant process that was well worth the effort,” Molin said. “As a result, our homeownership counselors will be even better equipped to help homeowners here in Michigan with foreclosure prevention efforts.”

Before you miss a payment, make the call, and be directed to a foreclosure prevention homeownership counselor, at MSHDA’s toll free “Save the Dream” hotline at 866-946-7432, or visit the Web site at www.michigan.gov/mshda and click on the “Save the Dream” icon.

MSHDA’s vision in the 21st century is to improve the quality of life for all Michigan residents and create vibrant communities by focusing on providing safe, affordable housing through homeownership and rental programs; ending homelessness; and revitalizing neighborhoods and downtowns.

MSHDA’s loans and operating expenses are financed through the sale of tax-exempt and taxable bonds and notes to private investors, not from state tax revenues. For information on this and other MSHDA programs, visit the Web site at www.michigan.gov/mshda.=

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