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.

Michigan swamped with stimulus requests 3.18.09

Written by David Green.

When Michigan government officials put out the call for proposals to receive federal stimulus funds, the response was overwhelming.

More than 16,000 proposals arrived in Lansing, totaling $49 billion—far more than the state expects to receive from Washington.

The full list of proposals can be downloaded as a PDF form from a state website and many area projects appear on the list.

As reported last week, the City of Morenci applied for funding to replace the Main Street bridge over Silver Creek. Morenci Area Schools added the refurbishing projects that were scheduled to begin last year, but were delayed until this year due to concerns with bid prices.

The Medina Township board seeks $365,000 to rebuild 1.84 miles of Packard Road, east from U.S. 127.

The Michigan DNR put in its bid for structural repair of the Lake Hudson spillway barrier at a cost of $345,000. In addition, $575,000 is sought to repave the roads in the park.

The City of Hudson hopes to land $62,000 for a public access site along Bean Creek.

Sand Creek schools has an array of projects, including more energy-efficient lighting, a new roof for the gymnasium and the replacement of windows and a boiler.

Waldron schools is seeking new hot water heaters, security cameras and an addition to a trophy case.

Hudson schools proposed more than $2 million in projects, including improvement of athletic facilities, upgrades to existing school facilities and new construction.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s office said that projects will be selected on a competitive grant basis.

In addition, she and all state governors will have some discretion to spend a portion of the economic recovery dollars. Michigan’s funds will be used to achieve these goals: creating jobs, training and educating Michigan citizens, and investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies to create jobs, save money, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

“While this federal money will not put every Michigan worker back to work,” a spokesperson wrote, “it will put some people to work right away, and help us ramp up our effort to create good jobs in the future and grow the state’s economy.”

Priority will be given to projects that can award contracts within 120 days of enactment of the plan, can be completed within three years, and are located in economically distressed areas.

School districts are prohibited from using funds for the payment of maintenance costs, facilities used primarily for athletic contests and the improvement of stand-alone facilities whose purpose is not the education of children.

The state website indicates that some transportation infrastructure projects that are not on the request list will be considered for funding. Lenawee County is represented on the Rural Task Force by Stan Clingerman of the Hillsdale County Road Commission.

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