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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 council to seek funding 9.2.09

Written by David Green.

Fayette will seek state funding for two road projects and some sewer work through the Ohio Public Works Commission Issue II program.

Loans for the three projects total about $375,000.

Village administrator Amy Metz is hoping for grant money, but zero-interest loans would be considered.

“With the limited funds the village has, aren’t we spreading ourselves too thin?” asked council member Jerry Gonzales.

He questioned whether road projects should be started when so much work remains to be done with the sewer system.

Sewer work would remain the top priority, said councilor Ruth Marlatt.

Metz explained that money won’t be distributed until mid-2010. If the village were to receive funding, she said, a decision could be made at that time about whether or not to accept it, based on financial conditions. She told council that she wants to appear on funding lists to get the word out that the village is seeking financial help.

Council unanimously approved authorization to seek grants or low-interest loans for miscellaneous paving projects ($137,400) and for sewage lift station work  on North Fulton Street ($111,000).

Council also approved an application for widening Gamble Road from State Route 66 east to the end of the school property, but that decision didn’t come without some discussion.

Councilor Mike Maginn said the village was told that no road work would be necessary with the new school. He wondered if the situation is bad enough to necessitate the work.

Village worker Tom Rupp said the road is in bad shape and getting worse. He said it’s noticeably better east of the school property where traffic is lighter.

Councilor Julia Ruger commented on the narrowness of the road and said that turning is very tight at the intersection with State Route 66.

“As a bus driver, I think it’s a very good proposal to widen that road,” said audience member Rodney Kessler.

Council member Paul Shaffer repeated the claim that the village was told no widening would be necessary and Metz wondered where that information came from.

A representative from the Ohio State Highway Patrol measured the road and said it was fine, said Marlatt.

“We shouldn’t be burdened,” Gonzales said. “I’m not for widening it unless you have other entities pay for it.”

Metz said she would want financial help from the township and the school district.

ATVs—Council heard the first reading of an amendment to add ATVs and other four-wheeled vehicles to an ordinance prohibiting the use of snowmobiles on public and private property without permission.

MEETING—The next regularly scheduled council will fall during Fulton Country Fair week. Councilors voted to forego that meeting and meet only once in September, on the 24th.

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