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 4.1.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette’s park board will operate the concession stand this summer, hoping for the support of volunteers to help get the job done.

The Fayette Firebells offered a proposal to take charge of the stand for the summer, but board members failed to come to a financial agreement. In the end, the three board members decided they would run the stand in order to maintain a profit level necessary to support park activities.

Acting mayor Craig Rower appointed Brad White to the park board at Thursday’s village council meeting, joining Chris Lantz, Mark Schang and Jennifer Williams. One opening remains to be filled and a volunteer is sought.

Work continues on the formation of a joint park board that would include township representation.

K-9—Police chief Jason Simon told the Public Safety committee about the possibility of obtaining a trained K-9 dog at no charge. Simon said he would investigate the cost of food, body armor and kenneling. Insurance would cost $629 annually.

BRUSH—Committee members discussed the possibility of burning brush and leaves near the sewage lagoons.

ABATEMENTS—The enterprise zone tax incentive review committee met March 24 for the annual evaluation of existing tax abatements. A 1998 agreement with Kelsey Hayes (transferred to T & W) is now complete. An agreement signed in 2003 continues.

A 2005 agreement with Advanced EC was terminated now that the business filed for bankruptcy and closed. An attempt will be made to recover abated taxes that are owed to the village due to the broken contract.

WEAPONS—A concealed weapons permit class is scheduled July 18. Additional information about the full-day class can be obtained from Chief Simon.

PAY—Council members voted 5-1, with Ruth Marlatt opposed, to lower councilor and mayor pay to $500 annually. The change will take effect for any council members who are elected in the future.

TEA PARTY—Mayor Rower announced that a Fulton County Tea Party is scheduled at 2 p.m. April 15 at the county courthouse to protest government spending. Council member Jerry Gonzales will serve as emcee for the event. The Tea Party is planned in conjunction with others across the country with the slogan “Revolution is brewing at a city near you.”

Rower also spoke of a general strike planned for May 1 in which citizens are urged not to go to work and not to buy anything.

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