Census shows changes in area communities 03.30.2011

Written by David Green.

Jobs have disappeared and workers have followed suit.

That’s the story of the 2011 U.S. Census in this part of the country.

Morenci recorded a loss of 178 people during the past decade, a drop of 7.4 percent. Fayette’s loss of 57 people represents a decline of 4.25 percent.

In Lyons there was a slight growth to 562 people (an increase of three) while Dover Township showed a growth of 110 people to 1,578, an increase of 7.5 percent.

Medina Township’s population fell by 11 percent to 1,090 and Seneca’s fell by 5.6 percent to 1,230.

Across the border, Chesterfield stands at 1,012 (-3.6 percent), Gorham at 2,260 (-4.7 percent), and Franklin at 743 (+0.5 percent).

Lenawee Count showed a slight increase of just under one percent to stand at 99,892. Fulton County grew by 1.46 percent for a total of 42,698 residents.

The loss of residents has, in turn, led an increase in housing vacancies for many communities.

The 2010 census showed 86 vacancies in Fayette, more than 14 percent of it total stock of 591 units. Lyons had 22 vacant units or 8.8 percent of the existing units.

Morenci showed 130 of 951 units empty, for 13.7 percent. In the townships, the vacancy in Medina stood at 10.7 percent and in Seneca 9.2 percent.

In the 2000 census, Morenci’s vacancy percentage was 6.9 percent, Seneca’s was 4.1 percent and Medina’s was 6.8 percent.

Information from the Columbus Dispatch’s searchable census database

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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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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    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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