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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 Chamber of Commerce 06.02.10

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette is getting the planning services of a Bowling Green State University student at no cost to create a comprehensive plan for the village.

BGSU senior Seth Brehm has already begun reviewing information about the community, said Steve Brown, director of the Fulton County Regional Planning Commission. Brown spoke at the Fayette Chamber of Commerce meeting Thursday.

“Fayette is the only community in the county that does not have a comprehensive plan,” Brown said. “What was done was done in 1977, an old land use plan.”

Brown noted the importance of a comprehensive plan when seeking grants.

Data will be collected to create a mapping plan that also lists goals and objectives. Much of the information will be obtained from existing GIS (geographic information system) maps.

“We want to have a community-wide meeting to see where people want to go as a village to get some objectives.”

Fayette residents will need to push the process to make it happen, he said.

Brehm will work on the plan over the summer and then come back in the fall to finish it off, if needed.

Comprehensive plans often cost more than $30,000, Brown said, but this is being done at practically no cost.

YOUTHWORKS—Cara Augustyniak, the youth employment and training advisor with the Northwest Ohio Job Center, spoke to Chamber members about the YouthWorks program.

The program provides summer job experiences to young people, plus help with résumés, interviewing, education and leadership development.

Business owners have the opportunity to interview a prospective YouthWorks employee before hiring. A contract is created for the position and weekly evaluations are taken.

The Fayette village office is participating in the program for the second year, said village administrator Amy Metz. Participants have helped with brush chipping, painting and other jobs the village crew doesn’t always have time to do.

“We’ve had excellent help,” she said.

PALM PLASTICS—Amy Clark of the Fayette Business Park announced that Palm Plastics will continue to move its Fayette operations to Bowling Green.

The grinding operation was already moved, she said, and the operation that repairs pallets will go during the next four to six months. Palm had 23 employees in Fayette.

TRW—Rich O’Loughlin of TRW said business is not as strong as in the past, but he’s confident the operation will continue to hold steady through the end of the year.

TRW has 140 employees working two full shifts and one partial shift. That employment level should suffice for at least the next year, he said.

VACANCIES—Metz said the residential vacancy rate stands at about 11 percent. Some houses have been sold and will be refurbished.

“That’s a good sign,” Metz said. “People are willing to invest in the community.”

COUNTY REVENUE—The increase in sales tax approved by commissioners last year is expected to bring in between $120,000 and $130,000 of new revenue, said commissioner Dean Genter. Sales tax numbers are up so far this year.

Commissioners hope the increase will cover the expected decrease in state revenue.

The CAT tax (Commercial Activity Tax) is not bringing funds to the county as expected, Genter said, but federal stimulus funds have saved the county budget. Without additional stimulus funds, he said, the next budget from Columbus will present hardships.

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