The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

  • KayseInField
    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.
  • Front.winner
    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.
  • Front.bank.2
    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.
  • Front.carry.casket
    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.
  • Front.lift
    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.
  • Front.make.three
    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.
  • Front.F.office
    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.

Four meetings planned to discuss Lenawee's job needs 09.10.09

Written by David Green.

Lenawee County remains high in unemployment numbers (18.2 percent in July) and led the state in workforce reductions with a decline of 900 individuals.

If new jobs aren’t created, the exodus of residents from the county will continue, said Lenawee Economic Development Corporation president Jim Gartin, and that will continue to weaken the local economy. Most alarming is the loss of skilled tradespeople and youths—the foundation and the future.

“Without a strong workforce, we will lose whatever opportunities we might have in the future to attract and grow existing companies,” Gartin said. “We need a qualified workforce to support growth.”

Gartin has scheduled four town hall meetings in the next few weeks to help identify and attract jobs.

Job loss creates consequences for an array of county and local agencies, services and businesses.

• Social services are called upon, at an alarming rate, to fill the gap for unemployed families and individuals. How can organizations like United Way continue to provide the needed support to our community, when the base of employee deductions has been eroded?

• Housing, food, medical services and the basic essentials are all in demand and in short supply. Hospital emergency areas are being used as primary care facilities by patients with no health care and no way to pay.

• Retail and service sector areas are down and trying to hold on, due to declining discretionary funds.

• Housing is struggling, values are down, sales are reduced and delinquencies and foreclosures are still at all-time records.

• Municipalities are struggling to provide services due to reduced state revenue sharing and declining property values.

• Public schools are seeing reduced state pupil head count revenue, declining property values and competition from private and home schooling activities.

The list of job-related consequences goes on, Gartin said, and the town hall meetings will attempt to reverse the trend of job losses.

• Adrian Area: 7 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 10, at LEDC’s offices, 5285 W. US-223, Adrian;

• Tecumseh Area: 7 p.m. Sept. 30 at City Hall, 309 E. Chicago Blvd., Tecumseh;

• Blissfield Area: 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at Riverbend Timber Framing, 9012 E. US-223, Blissfield;

• Hudson Area: 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Community Center, 323 W. Main St., Hudson.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required and can be made by calling the LEDC at 517/265-5141. More information is available at the LEDC website: www.onelenawee.org.

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2016