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.

Fayette library seeks 0.75 mill levy 10.21.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette’s Normal Memorial Library board intends to ask voters to approve a 0.75-mill levy next May in an effort to restore a portion of the cuts in service made last month.

Due to funding problems at the state level, allocations to libraries fell by about 30 percent. Like most libraries in Ohio, Fayette’s board of directors responded by cutting back on the hours of operation.

In mid-September, hours were reduced from 49 to 29, with evening hours only once a week and no Saturday hours.

Since the library is a school district library, permission to seek a levy must first be obtained from the Fayette Board of Education.

Library board vice president Mike Figgins explained to the school board Monday night how funding cuts are affecting the facility.

Revenue a year ago came in at $152,500. For 2009, cuts made for the final quarter of the year dropped revenue to $119,000, and the projection for next year stands at $111,250. The library’s fund balance might shrink as low as $15,500.

The library board aims to ask approval of a five-year, 0.75-mill operating levy in the May 2010 election. If approved, the first collection from the levy would arrive in May 2011. The levy would bring in about $30,000 annually and cost a typical homeowner less than $15 a year, Figgins said.

“That still won’t make up everything,” Figgins said, “but it will allow us to add some hours.”

He’s hoping the state will restore some level of funding.

Library director Sally Canfield told the board that the reduction in hours makes it difficult for many patrons to make use of the library’s services. In tough economic times, in particular, the availability of internet service is important for job searching and for those who can no longer afford to pay for an internet connection at their home.

If the levy passes, board member Kirk Keiser asked, what would be restored?

Canfield said the most likely choice would be to schedule Saturday hours again.

Board president Paula Schaffner asked if the library had sought a levy in the past. Fiscal officer Irene Fether said this would be the first time.

The school board must decide whether or not to approve the request no later than 75 days prior to the election.

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