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.

Jim Topps promoted in Legion 05.26.10

Written by David Green.

jim_topps.jpgA former Morenci resident was promoted within Michigan’s American Legion organization.

The American Legion Department of Michigan announces that James C. Topps, Department Service Officer, has been promoted to lead the state Veteran's Affairs Rehabilitation Division effective June 7.

Topps will be be in charge of the Department’s largest division, working out of the Detroit Regional Office located in the Patrick V. McNamara Building in downtown Detroit.

He will oversee the day to day operations of both the regional office employees and the field service officers who serve throughout the state. He will work with the Department Legislative Chairman in making presentations to state and federal legislators in Michigan and in Washington, D.C.

Topps will report to the Department Executive Committee at all department conferences and the state convention. Other duties include participating in the Department’s Annual Service Officers School held each fall for all 456 posts and 19 district service officers.

Topps will be charged with assuring that all department service officers maintain their annual accreditation through the Department of Veterans Affairs and the national organization by attending training sessions in Washington, D.C., and Indianapolis.

Topps has worked for the Department of Michigan for the past 11 years and has affiliation with the Ann Arbor, Detroit and Battle Creek VA Medical Centers and 11 county Veterans Affairs office’s from Monroe County on the east side of the state to Berrien County on the west.

He is a life member of the Morenci American Legion Post 368 and lives in Adrian Michigan with his wife, Debbie.

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