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.

Kiwanis starting flag project 8.19.09

Written by David Green.

Some Morenci Kiwanis members saw the results of a flag project in Jackson and they were impressed. Now they hope to replicate the project on a smaller scale here.

In Jackson, said Adam Johnson, 750 U.S. flags are placed at the curb by Kiwanis members on five holidays throughout the year. He would like to see some flag-lined streets in Morenci, also.

Kiwanians have two goals behind the project: to show the red, white and blue on holidays and to earn money for club projects benefiting children.

For a $30 annual fee, a capped PVC sleeve will be placed in a yard near the curb. On five holidays—Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day through 9-11 and Veteran’s Day—a three by five-foot flag on a 10-foot pole will be erected in the sleeve.

The flags will be placed two days before the holiday and left in place a day or two afterward.

The Kiwanis Club takes responsibility for checking with MISS DIG for underground utilities, and for assuring the plastic sleeve does not rise above ground level.

By acting quickly, subscribers can get a bonus.

“Sign up now and get the two remaining holidays this year for free along with next year’s service,” Johnson said.

Anyone living outside of town or who is unable to have to have a flag in the yard, such as a business owner, can still participate. Flags will be erected along Main Street by Wakefield Park.

For more information, contact Johnson or any Morenci Kiwanis Club member.

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