The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

  • Front.sculpt
    SKEWERS, gumdrops, and marshmallows are all that’s needed to create interesting shapes and designs for Layla McDowell Saturday at Stair District Library’s “Sculptamania!” Open House. The program featuring design games and materials is one part of a larger project funded by a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from Disney and the American Library Association. Additional photos are on page 7.
    Morenci marching band members took to the field Friday night dressed for Halloween during the Bulldog’s first playoff game. Morenci fans had a bit of a scare until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs scored 30 points to leave Lenawee Christian School behind. Whiteford visits Morenci this Friday for the district championship game. From the left is Clayton Borton, Morgan Merillat and James O’Brien.
    DNA PUZZLE—Mitchell Storrs and Wyatt Mohr tackle a puzzle representing the structure of DNA. There’s only one correct way for all the pieces to fit. It’s one of the new materials that can be used in both biology and chemistry classes, said teacher Loretta Cox.
  • Front.tar.wide
    A TRAFFIC control worker stands in the middle of Morenci’s Main Street Tuesday morning, waiting for the next flow of vehicles to be let through from the west. The dusty gravel surface was sealed with a layer of tar, leaving only the application of paint for new striping. The project was completed in conjunction with county road commission work west of Morenci.
  • Front.pull
    JUNIORS Jazmin Smith and Trevor Corkle struggle against a team from the sophomore class Friday during the annual tug of war at the Homecoming Games pep rally. Even the seniors struggled against the sophomores who won the competition. At the main course of the day, the Bulldog football team struggled against Whiteford in a homecoming loss.
    YOUNG soccer players surived a chilly morning Saturday in Morenci’s PTO league. From the left is Emma Cordts, Wayne Corser, Carter and Levi Seitz, Briella York and Drew Joughin. Two more weeks of soccer remain for this season.
  • Front.ropes
    BOWEN BAUMGARTNER of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge constructed by the Tecumseh Boy Scout troop Sunday at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The bridge was one of many challenges, displays and games set up for the annual Youth Jamboree by the Michigan DNR. Additional photos on are the back page of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.homecoming Court
    One of four senior candidates will be crowned the fall homecoming queen during half-time of this week’s Morenci-Whiteford football game. In the back row (left to right) is exchange student Kinga Vidor (her escort will be Caylob Alcock), seniors Alli VanBrandt (escorted by Sam Cool), Larissa Elliott (escorted by Clayton Borton), Samantha Wright (escorted by JJ Elarton) and Justis McCowan (escorted by Austin Gilson), and exchange student Rebecca Rosenberger (escorted by Garrett Smith). Front row freshman court member Allie Kaiser (escorted by Anthony Thomas), sophomore Marlee Blaker (escorted by Nate Elarton) and junior Cheyenne Stone (escorted by Dominick Sell).
  • Front.park.lights
    GETTING READY—Jerad Gleckler pounds nails to secure a string of holiday lights on the side of the Wakefield Park concession stand while other members of the Volunteer Club and others hold them in place. The volunteers showed up Sunday afternoon to string lights at the park. The decorating project will continue this Sunday. Denise Walsh is in charge of the effort this year.

Alcohol sting 1.6.2010

Written by David Green.

Eight Fulton County stores were issued citations following compliance checks conducted between Oct. 24 and Dec. 12. U.S. 20 Main Stop south of Morenci was among those cited.

In conjunction with the Partnership for a Drug-Free Fulton County, the Ohio Investigative Unit, a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, completed a series of alcohol compliance checks of 29 retailers with liquor licenses in Fulton County. In 21 stores, minors were denied the sale of alcohol.

During the checks, a trained informant under the age of 21 attempts to purchase alcohol while an officer waits in an outside area away from view of those inside the store. The purpose of the checks is to ensure that local retailers with liquor licenses are requiring proper identification and selling alcohol only to those age 21 and older, in compliance with the law.

As part of the citation, the employees making the sale were also charged with sale and/or furnishing alcohol to a person under 21.

Citations issued

• Archbold

Archbold Super Valu, 1925 S. Defiance St.

Nu Arch Lanes, 1010 S. Defiance St.

• Delta

Kwik Stop, 15 W. Main St.

• Fayette

U.S. 20 Main Stop, 17980 U.S. 20.

• Swanton

Swanton Drug Mart, 147 E. Airport Highway;

Heavens Carryout, 10717 County Road 4.

• Wauseon

Wal-Mart, 485 E. Airport Hwy;

Continental Plaza Auto Wash, 1265 N. Shoop.

Complied with law

During this round of checks, the following retailers were compliant with these laws:

• Archbold

Circle K, 103. N. Defiance St.

Friendship Marathon, 1911 S. Defiance St.

Oasis Car Mart, 1200 Stryker St.

Pamida, 2015 S. Defiance St.

• Delta

Village Tavern, 216 Main St.

• Fayette

Circle K, 200 E. Main St.

Kaisers Supermarket, 105 N. Fayette

• Lyons

Lyons Main Stop, 105 W. Morenci

Village Mart, 118 N. Adrian, Lyons

Willie’s Garage, 7698 CR T

• Metamora

T Mart, 108 E. Main St.

• Swanton

Kroger, 113 E. Airport Hwy.

Toledo 76, 102 E. Airport Hwy

Stop by Mart, 84-86 Dodge St.

• Wauseon

Circle K, 248 N. Fulton St.

Circle K, 495 Airport Hwy

Shell, 151 S. Fulton

Murphy Oil, 491 E. Airport Hwy

Rite Aid, 1496 Shoop Ave

Certified Oil, 1200 N. Shoop

Turnpike Shell, 8269 State Rt. 108

In addition to the alcohol compliance checks, the Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU) conducted a similar check of retailers who sell tobacco to ensure that they are compliant with Ohio laws prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to youth under age 18. Five businesses were checked, all of whom were compliant.

 “We want to work with permit establishments to make sure that they understand the laws to keep our residents safe,” said Raymond Rodriguez, OIU Agent-In-Charge and member of the Partnership.

The OIU offered the Alcohol Server Knowledge (ASK) Program twice in the past year to Fulton County liquor establishments. The ASK training provides instruction on laws pertaining to the sale and/or consumption of alcohol, false identification and penalties for those found in violation.

“Eighty-two employees of Fulton County retailers have participated in the program this year, which is a credit to our community,” Rodriguez said, “I don’t believe any business owner wants to see their employees provide alcohol to minors. The ASK program gives retailers the skills they need to obey the laws and keep our kids safer.”

According to Sharon Morr, Chairman of the Partnership, “The goal of these checks is to deter underage drinking and tobacco use. We are grateful to those businesses who did not sell alcohol or tobacco to minors during this last round of compliance checks, and for their commitment to the well-being of our young people.”

For more information about the Partnership for a Drug-Free Fulton County, contact Lou Moody, Project Director, at 419/337-0915.

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2015