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

  • KayseInField
    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.

Fayette village needs ranked 05.05.2010

Written by David Green.

Fayette village council members, park  and zoning board members, the tree commission and village employees have all had the opportunity to think about the top needs of the community.

Village administrator Amy Metz said council committees will consider the rankings for the needs that pertain to their concerns.

Economic development was listed among the top-ranked needs—attracting new businesses—but no specific ideas were mentioned.

A suggestion dealing with finances calls for council members to remain up to date in understanding finances. Councilors should throughly understand where funds come from and how they’re spent in an effort to “follow the money.”

Several top concerns were related to village parks.

A decision must be made about the future of the swimming pool, said a park board member. Either funds must be generated for repair or the facility should be filled in. Another rater referred to the pool as a mosquito-infested eyesore.

Another park board member called for a mural to be created on the side of the Opera House.

One suggestion calls for additional fund-raisers in order to bring down the cost of Little League registration.

A tree commission member suggested a greater diversity of trees along village streets. A maple disease would wipe out most of the village’s urban forest. Another person suggested obtaining small trees to grow in a designated area for use as a nursery to replace trees when needed.

Another suggestion calls for the removal of the downtown trees. Smaller trees could be planted in concrete structures, with seating surrounding them.

Other top concerns include:

• replacing downtown street lights and poles;

• resurfacing the basketball courts and improving the lighting;

• starting summer art classes;

• fixing or replacing playground equipment;

• continuing efforts to complete the sewer separation project;

• scheduling town clean-up days where residents volunteer to pick up garbage.

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