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.

Fayette OKd for road, sewer grants 05.26.10

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette got part of what it was after from the Ohio Public Works Commission, but the search for funds continues for a pair of infrastructure projects.

The Small Government fund of the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) approved full funding of the West Industrial Parkway sewer and water project through a grant and a loan. The project includes repaving the road following construction.

The work would replace a gravity sewer line with a lift station and replace a water main. The project would help prepare the area for future industrial development.

The village would receive $53,390 in a grant and $56,610 in a loan for the $110,000 project.

Village administrator Amy Metz said the funding remains in place for two years, but she hopes to succeed in obtaining additional money to allow the project to get underway this year.

The village also has two years to come up with half the cost of widening Gamble Road from S. Fayette Street east to the end of the new school property.

The road measures only 18 feet in width. A project costing $245,000 would increase the width to 21 feet, relocate utility poles and install street lighting.

A grant would furnish $120,041 and a loan would cover the remaining $125,000.

Metz is seeking CDBG funding through the Fulton County Regional Planning office, but she noted that an income survey needs to accompany the request.

Metz thanked Steve Brown from the county regional planning office and Yvonne Beck from Small Government for their assistance.

TRASH—In Metz’s report to council last Tuesday, she noted that nearly 30 households participated in the spring cleanup effort in which a fee was charged for curbside pickup.

BRUSH—Brush collection for chipping continues through Friday. Residents are invited to transport their own brush to the village barn west of Eagle Street at any time.

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