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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.

Mayor Marlatt gives State of Villlage report 02.02.2011

Written by David Green.

“The citizens of the Village of Fayette would probably agree that 2010 was the year of the sidewalks, trees and the arrival of the Dollar General Store and the wind turbine. These were issues that made the most impact.”

That was the beginning the annual State of the Village report from Fayette mayor Ruth Marlatt.

Marlatt spoke about the beginning of the sidewalk repair program that will be completed in the spring.

“This left a major impression on our citizens and visitors to the community,” she said, and it came as “no small financial burden on the citizens of the village. However, it was accepted and acted upon with dramatic results that show we do have pride in our Village.”

Marlatt also spoke of the importance of tree replacement following the cutting program. A committee will discuss planting efforts.

Marlatt anticipates additional funding through the Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) to improve existing housing.

Marlatt reminded council that the Gamble Road widening project leading to the school will begin June 1. Grants totaling $170,000 will help pay for the project and the remaining $75,000 will be filled by a zero-interest loan.

The West Industrial Parkway Project is expected to begin April 1. A grant of $53,390 will be used along with a $56,610 zero-interest loan.

The Long Term Control Plan for eliminating the combined sanitary sewers was approved by the Ohio EPA. This includes a change from installing storm sewers to sanitary sewers, based on the engineering firm’s recommendation. This change would completely eliminate the threat of sewage overflows. Grants and loans are sought from various funding sources.

Marlatt praised its role in making decisions on behalf of the village and for answering the concerns of citizens.

“Responding to them is not always easy,” she said. “Thought, discussion and weighing all the information is vital to a good decision. You have all made many decisions this year that will affect the Village for years to come.”

Marlatt closed by stating that many challenges remain in the future.

“Perseverance and tenacity are the watchwords of our future,” she said. “Working together toward the common goal of a Fayette better set on a path of accomplishment and stability is the plan.”

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