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 library trims hours 9.2.09

Written by David Green.

State budget cuts are forcing Fayette’s Normal Memorial Library to join dozens of others throughout Ohio in cutting back on hours.

The new reduced schedule will take effect Sept. 14.

“Since we only receive funds from the state, and with these funds being drastically reduced by possibly as much as 30 percent, we have no choice but to cut our costs by reducing our library hours,” said library director Sally Canfield.

Thirteen hours will be cut from the existing summer schedule, but compared to the usual 49 hours in winter, the library will be about 20 hours less.

There will be no more 9 a.m. openings and Saturday hours will be eliminated completely. The reductions will remain in effect through the end of the year, Canfield said, and then finances will be reëvaluated for the next calendar year budget.

If there’s any good news to changes, it’s that state funding wasn’t cut as deeply as first proposed. Compromises were made in Columbus to reduce the cuts somewhere in the vicinity of 30 to 35 percent, Canfield said.

At this time, employee hours are being cut back along with the hours of operation, but no staff member is being laid off and existing programs will continue.

“We will keep our library patrons informed as best we can of any other changes that may have to be made,” Canfield said.  “It is our goal to continue to provide materials, services and programs to our library patrons as best we can with our limited resources.”

New hours

Starting Sept. 14

Monday, 11 to 8

Tuesday, 1 to 6

Wednesday, 1-5

Thursday, 1-6

Friday, 11-5

Closed Saturday and Sunday

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