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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.

Doug Spade running for state senate seat 10.17.2009

Written by David Green.

Former state representative Doug Spade (D-Adrian) announced this week his intention to seek the state senator seat to represent Lenawee, Hillsdale, Branch and St. Joseph counties.

At kick-off events in all four counties, Spade said state government desperately needs legislators who focus on building consensus instead of blaming each other. 

“With two government shut-downs in the past three years, a seeming inability to act on pressing matters in a timely fashion, and a ‘my way or the highway’ attitude of inflexibility exhibited by all too many elected officials, it’s no surprise the public has lost confidence in state government,” Spade said.

Spade became only the second blind legislator in Michigan history when he was elected to the House in 1998.

“I am not running for this seat to throw stones or play political games,” Spade said. “I am running because I want the opportunity to go back to Lansing, represent all the people of the 16th District, and work with both sides of the aisle to find solutions that will move Michigan forward.”

With Lenawee and Hillsdale having some of the highest unemployment rates in the state, and Branch and St. Joseph not far behind, Spade said his focus is clear.

“My top priority will be improving and diversifying the economy and bringing more jobs to the 16th District and the State of Michigan,” Spade said. “Michigan wins when we have policies in place that benefit business and workers alike.  We don’t have to reward one side at the expense of the other to move Michigan forward.”

A lifelong resident of the 16th District, Spade grew up on the family dairy farm in Hillsdale County, is a graduate of both Camden-Frontier High School and Adrian College, and has owned several small businesses. His early interest in broadcasting led to his own radio show on WCSR in Hillsdale when he was just eight years old.  Later, he worked for nearly 30 years at WLEN in Adrian, where he hosted a telephone talk show for 25 years and served as the station’s operations manager. 

During the past four years, Spade worked for the state as Supplier Diversity Liaison and a member of the Buy Michigan First team, with a special emphasis on helping business owners with disabilities and service-disabled veteran business owners learn how to bid on and win state government contracts. He stepped down from the position earlier this month to concentrate on the campaign.

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