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.

Bull Thistle Festival 07.21.10

Written by David Green.

When you hear the name Bob Wurst, don’t think of Countrified or Buckeye or even the Bob Wurst Band.

These days it’s just Bob Wurst.

The well-known Northwest Ohio country singer chose to go solo in 2003 and he’s enjoying the change.

“It was a little odd to me at first, not having a group of guys with me on stage,” he writes in a website biography, “but now I am performing in a way that opens up a whole new venue for me.”

Wurst is scheduled to perform twice Aug. 7 at Fayette’s Royal Bull Thistle Festival. He will entertain at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., sandwiched around a visit by Signature, a classic rock band that will belt out tunes from the 1970s and 80s.

Since bull thistles are the namesake of the town festival, what could be more appropriate than a Bull Thistle Look-Alike contest? The person who comes up with the best bull thistle costume, determined by crowd applause, will receive a $50 prize.

The annual bull thistle judging is scheduled at 1 p.m. Prizes will be given for height, girth, number of blossoms and fibrous content. The overall grand prize winner will receive the coveted Golden Hoe award.

Other events for the day include softball, three-on-three basketball and a car show. As always, the festival concludes Saturday night with a fireworks show at Harrison Lake State Park.

Look for addition details in the Aug. 4 Observer.

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