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.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes group flourishing 12.16

Written by David Green.

Morenci Middle School teacher Doug Rupp wasn’t sure how well a Fellowship of Christian Athletes “huddle group” would go over at this school.

That was two years ago and he was surprised when attendance hovered around 45 students.

Participation certainly hasn’t fallen. Sometimes as many as 70 students show up for the twice-a-month meetings.

One meeting a month is during the lunch period, with students bringing their meal to Mr. Rupp’s classroom. The other meeting is during the seminar session when students have the opportunity to prepare for other classes or get a jump on homework.

“It just seems to be getting better every year,” Mr. Rupp said.

Activities include hearing about well-known Christian athletes from college and professional sports, and using other materials furnished by the national Fellowship of Christian Athletes  (FCA)organization.

The local club sponsors a dance every spring to earn funds.

“We’re hoping to use some of that money to send kids to FCA camps,” Mr. Rupp said.

The camp involves sports activities, Bible studies, Christian rock bands and more. Scholarships could help pay the cost for students to attend.

“Our goal is to get some churches involved, too, as we continue to grow,” Mr. Rupp said.

He’s assisted in FCA by colleague Dan Hoffman.

Two leaders are hoping to help organize some community service projects in the future. He’s also been asked about starting an FCA huddle group at the high school, but he would need some high school staff members to participate, unless meetings were scheduled in the evening.

Mr. Rupp belonged to FCA when he was student at Wauseon. He thought about organizing the group in Morenci for a few years and finally made the move, with the help of Wauseon’s FCA advisor.

“It’s been a good thing,” he said. “I’m glad I did it.”

 

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