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.

Anniversary: Babe & Pauline Jones 02.24.2010

Written by David Green.

Melvin (Babe) and Pauline Jones of Fayette, Ohio, will celebrate 70 years of marriage. The couple was united in marriage March 2, 1940, and they continue to be each other’s best friends. anniv.jones.jpg

Babe and Pauline have lived in Fayette most of those 70 years and have been active members of the community. Babe runs a small manufacturing business, and Pauline worked as a librarian for many years. Retirement wasn’t part of their plans, so they both continue to work in one form or another. Pauline volunteers at Serenity Haven, and Babe continues to head off to the office every day. 

Anyone acquainted with them knows that the center court line was “home” to them over all the years of high school basketball. No matter which grandkid was handling a ball, running a course, or participating in a school event, they were there.

Babe and Pauline have two children, Jamie and Sandy Jones of Big Rapids, Mich., and Jim and Joyce Fruchey of Fayette. They also have two grandsons Brian (and Lesley) Fruchey and Corey (and Melanie) Fruchey, both of Fayette,  and great-grandchildren, Hailey and Dustin Tuley of Hampstead, N.C., Mackenzie, Alexis, Kelsey and Trista of Fayette, and two step-grandchildren, Tyler and Katelyn Downing, also of Fayette.

Due to health issues, Babe and Pauline will celebrate quietly at home. Cards and notes of congratulations may be sent to P.O. Box 331, Fayette, OH 43521.

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