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.

Morenci receives arboriculture award 08.04.2010

Written by David Green.

Morenci’s Arbor Day activities led to a 2010 ISA Gold Leaf Award from the Arboriculture Society of Michigan.

A letter about the award stated that the city was selected for the award “for being a community that was instrumental in organizing a successful Arbor Day celebration.”

Morenci schedules a tree-planting event every year on Arbor Day, often in conjunction with a local organization or business.

City council voted July 26 to apply for a grant through Consumer Energy’s tree planting program. The city will purchase 30 trees and the utility will reimburse the city up to $75 a tree.

The trees are expected to be planted before a November deadline to meet Consumer’s deadline. The utility requires low-growing trees that won’t grow to interfere with overhead wires.

BLIGHT—Council members voted to send a letter to the city attorney for additional action regarding a vacant rental property at 211 E. Union St. The property is owned by Joann St. Clair.

A letter explaining the non-compliance issues at the property—both structural and with the yard—was sent to the property owner, but no response was received.

MARIJUANA—Council voted to place a six-month moratorium on issuing permits, licensing and zoning approval for the sale or dispensation of medical marijuana.

The motion called for a moratorium of six months or until the city code book is amended to address the issue.

PRODUCE—City administrator/clerk Renée Schroeder said some interest has been expressed regarding participation in a farmer’s market.

Council approved use of the grassy area behind the Borchardt Brothers’ grocery and set an annual fee of $25.

The fee will be waived in order to help get the market underway.

• City council meetings are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of the month. The next meeting is Aug. 9.

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