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.

Van-Dells to perform in Fayette 02.17.2010

Written by David Green.

Mark your calendar early for this one. A close-up visit the Van-Dells doesn’t come around that off.

The popular oldies musical group will make an appearance May 1 at Fayette High School in a fund-raiser sponsored by Fayette Friends 4 the Fields, a group charged with creating athletic fields at the new school.

The Van-Dells put on their letter sweaters to perform a high-energy review of songs from the 1950s and 60s, such as “Rock this town” and “Morse Code of Love.”

It’s more than the music, however, when the Van-Dells hit the stage. Their overall show is what keeps them in demand in venues across the country. Comedy, choreography and tight harmonies are all part of the performance.

The group is particularly popular in this area since Duke (Stacy Todd) is a Delta, Ohio, native.

The show is scheduled at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 1. Reserved seats on the floor will sell for $25, $22 and $18. General admission seats in the bleachers will cost $15. Tickets will go on sale March 1.

For more information, call Deb Leininger at 419/237-2951 or write to her at 22632 County Road L, Fayette, OH 43521.

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