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.

United Way still looking for donations 02.16.2011

Written by David Green.

With donations lagging, the campaign season for the Lenawee United Way is extended through February.

Late last month, the agency’s goal of $900,000 was only 80 percent complete and United Way directors were expecting a shortfall of $150,000. Last year’s collection reached $834,000, which stood as the smallest in many years. Much of the loss is attributed to a decrease in the county’s manufacturing base.

Campaign chair Jim Kapnick urges Lenawee residents to give $52 (representing a dollar a week). Those who have already donated are asked to give an additional $52.

The shortfall in donations will result in a reduction to the United Way’s funded program, such as the Boys and Girls Club and the Red Cross, as well as to programs in local communities.

One in three county residents received service from funded programs during the past two years.

“It does affect your people locally,” Kapnick said at a recent Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce meeting.

He said 922 people with Morenci addresses were served in 2010.

United Way focuses on three areas:

• Basic needs—clothing, household needs, homeless prevention, etc.

• Self-sufficiency—job training, mentoring, child care to allow schooling and job seeking, etc.

• Healthy life—health and dental care for uninsured and underinsured, support for adults with disabilities, mental health counseling for the economically disadvantaged, etc.

The need for services increased in 2010, Kapnick said, and this year is expected to be worse.

Donations may be directed to a specific program, but United Way takes seven percent of the pledge for general use.

“The funds that the United Way collects do change people’s lives,” Kapnick said.

• To make a donation, call 517/263-4696 or donate on-line at www.lenaweeunitedway.org.

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