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.

Morenci Fire Department giving free smoke detectors 12.16

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Morenci Fire Department members offered free smoke detectors at their open house celebration last summer. They got rid of a few.

Now they’re taking their effort one step further: a free detector with free installation.

Two house fires with fatalities in the past two years have left firefighters frustrated, knowing there’s an absence of smoke detectors in many homes.

There’s a sign-up sheet in the fire hall for members to choose an evening when they’re able to go out with tools and a ladder and get some detectors hung up.

“We’re ready to go with this,” said department member Kim Valentine. “And we’re not in the business of doing fire inspections. We just want to get some detectors up.”

Valentine said the volunteers will answer questions that citizens might have about fire safety, but their goal is to save lives through working smoke detectors.

The department has a list of a few people who have called in the past.  Auxiliary member Alice Lonis will assist with scheduling installation appointments. Anyone else interested in free detectors should call the fire department at 458-2301.

The department has about 40 detectors on hand that were purchased by the Morenci Kiwanis Club. When those are gone—and Valentine hopes that will be soon—the department will seek funding for additional detectors.

The number of detectors installed will depend on the layout of the house.

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