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.

Seneca Township board 10.27

Written by David Green.

The Seneca Township board voted Oct. 11 to move forward with legal action regarding continuing complaints about property in North Morenci.

Sharon King owns two properties in North Morenci and has faced repeated complaints about outdoor trash and other violations of township ordinances.

Township attorney Dan Bruggeman was given authority to proceed with legal action.

Township resident Pat Spooner asked the board for suggestions regarding his efforts to clean the right-of-way along Hickory Street in North Morenci. Spooner has a permit to clean 449 feet and he said his efforts are being obstructed by residents. He was advised to call the county sheriff’s department for assistance.

MAEMS—The board accepted the resignation of Lori Drogowski from the Morenci Area EMS board. The board appointed Marie Meinke to serve as the township’s representative and she will be paid $50 for each meeting attended.

SCHOOLING—The board approved a request by Meinke, the township treasurer, to attend a training session sponsored by the Michigan Township Association.

The board denied a request by building inspector Kevin Arquette for reimbursement of training he takes to maintain his inspector license. The request was denied, explained township clerk Allison Ott, because the inspector job is contracted and he is not a township employee.

Township supervisor John Gould was to speak with Arquette about lining up a back-up inspector. Arquette will not be available for several weeks this winter.

TIRES—The used tire collection brought in $2,079 in fees and one trailer was filled. The costs of operating the collection are not yet all known. On the trash collection day, three bins were filled.

DITCH  WORK—The board authorized $4,000 to Andre Land Forming for ditch work on Ridgeville Road between Seneca and Clement.

ELECTION—The following inspectors for the Nov. 2 General Election were hired: Allison Ott, Marie Meinke, Marlene Kelly and Arlene McVay, with Shirley Vanderpool named as an alternate.

PLANNERS—The township planning commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

 

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