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.

ODOT rep discusses Fayette streets. 09.01.2010

Written by David Green.

A representative from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) met with Fayette officials early in the month to discuss several areas of concern.

Mike Stormer spoke with village administrator Amy Metz and police chief Jason Simon about traffic issues.

Fayette police will conduct a traffic survey at the intersection of State Route 66 and Gamber Road to determine if a stoplight should be constructed at the intersection. The data will be forwarded to ODOT for study.

Police will also collect data to determine if the speed limit on S. Fayette Street should be decreased from 50 miles an hour to 35.

A study will also be made on W. Main Street (U.S. 20) to determine if a speed reduction is needed in the vicinity of the Dollar General store under construction.

The village will also send updated data to ODOT about traffic at the main intersection of U.S. 20 and State Route 66.

Stormer reviewed the parking situation at Amigo’s Pizza on S. Fayette Street (State Route 66) to examine the possibility of diagonal parking. Stormer said that no additional parking spaces would be created by changing to diagonal.

Stormer said the state would install handicap accessible ramps on U.S. 20 the next time the road is resurfaced. If ADA crosswalks are needed before the next resurfacing, Stormer said, the village would be responsible for completing the work.

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