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.
  • Front.winner
    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.
  • Front.bank.2
    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.
  • Front.carry.casket
    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.
  • Front.lift
    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.
  • Front.make.three
    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.
  • Front.F.office
    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.

One Lenawee explained to Morenci city council 8.04.2010

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Lenawee County can become a stronger, better functioning unit when the various governmental components work together.

That’s the philosophy of One Lenawee, an offshoot of the Lenawee Economic Development Corporation.

Three representatives of One Lenawee attended the July 26 Morenci city council meeting to talk about the organization.

“We’re not asking for anything but a little cooperation,” said Allan Brittain.

Brittain said the organization consists of a group of volunteers who have looked at the county’s assets—governments, schools, etc.—and thought about what could be shared to make the county a better place to live.

At that point Brittain talked about what the group is not. When members have talked to the various government units in the area, they’ve sometimes encountered an incorrect concept that One Lenawee is an effort to form a single, county-wide government.

The group encourages collaboration between government units, he said, but there is no intention of doing away with township and community boards and councils.

The effort began after a meeting with the author of a book about “asset mapping,” Brittain said.

First identify the assets of a community, then look at how they might be shared with another.

“You find out that if you connect this asset with that asset, you accomplish a lot more together than you would separately,” Brittain said.

The group is working with the Citizens Research Council of Michigan and the University of Michigan’s Gerald Ford School of Public Policy to collect and evaluate data. Graduate students are scheduled to interview public officials  throughout the county this fall to collect information about the costs of operating services, problems encountered in delivering services, ideas for solving problems, etc.

The interview team also has an interest in examining existing collaborative and shared services.

“What’s in it for you?” Brittain asked. “The same thing that’s in it for all of us. If we make the county a better place to live and grow, then I think we all win.”

Brittain is with the arm of One Lenawee working on government collaboration. Other areas include education, marketing, the arts and agriculture. Anyone is welcome to attend meetings and participate in the group’s efforts.

• For more information, visit the group’s website at www.onelenawee.org.

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2016