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.
  • 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.
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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.

Wedding.Bell.Beucler 12.23.09

Written by David Green.

Joey Bell and Stacy Beucler were united in marriage Sept. 26, 2009, at Christ Community Church in Ridgeville, Ohio. Pastor Don Barnett performed the ceremony.wedding.bell.jpg

Chrissy Bell, niece of the groom, of Morenci, served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Sam Bigger, friend of the bride, of Wauseon, Ohio, and sisters of the bride, Abbey Beucler of Stryker, Ohio, and Shelly Schrock of Archbold, Ohio. Kearsten Roehl, friend of the bride and groom, of Wauseon, served as flower girl.

Lonnie Lehman, friend of the groom, of Paulding, Ohio, served as best man. Groomsmen were Josh Zuver, friend of the groom, of Wauseon; Jim Bell, brother of the groom, of Morenci; and Justin Bell, nephew of the groom, also of Morenci. Matt Schrock, brother-in-law of the bride, of Archbold, was an usher and Jordan Bell, son of the groom, was ring bearer.

Special music was performed by Arminda Whitlock. Cortney Bell, niece of the groom, was guest book attendant.

A reception followed the ceremony at the Kissell Building in West Unity, Ohio.

Joey is the son of Fran and Jerry Bell of Morenci. He graduated from Morenci Area High School in 1994 and is employed at Johns Manville.

Stacy is the daughter of Lee and Annette Beucler of Stryker, Ohio. She graduated from Living Word Christian School in 2001 and is employed at Lightning Quick Gas-N-Go.

After a honeymoon trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., the couple has made their home in Morenci.

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