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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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    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.

New driving restrictions for Michigan teens 04.27.2011

Written by David Green.

New restrictions for Michigan’s teen drivers went into effect March 30. The changes effect only Level 2 drivers.

Level 2 drivers are now prohibited from having more than one passenger under the age of 21. Exceptions are granted if passengers are the members of the driver’s immediate family or if the driver is traveling to or from school or a school-sanctioned event.

A further restriction governs night driving: Level 2 drivers are prohibited from driving between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

The only exceptions granted are for driving to and from work or with a parent, legal guardian or licensed adult over 21 years of age.

A violation of the Level 2 restrictions under the Graduated Driver Licensing program is a civil infraction and will result in two points on the teen’s license. A notice of the civil infraction will be sent to the designated parent or legal guardian.

In addition, the period the teen must have a Level 2 license will be extended for 12 months. The teen will be required to appear for a driver reëxamination with possible license suspension and/or additional restrictions imposed.

A question of the Secretary of State website asks: My Level 2 teen driver has a school-sanctioned event that will necessitate travel after 10 p.m. Can he/she drive unaccompanied under the school-sanctioned event exception?

Answer: No. Level 2 drivers are prohibited from driving between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. to school or a school-sanctioned event unless accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or licensed adult over 21 years old. Level 2 licensed drivers may only drive unaccompanied (without a parent, legal guardian, or licensed adult over 21 years old) between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. when traveling to or from work.

Changes in the law address what law enforcement officials see as a teen passenger problem as well as a teen driver problem.

Teen passengers often distract a beginning driver and encourage greater risk-taking.

The cash risk for teenage drivers increases incrementally with one, two, or three or more passengers.  With three or more passengers, fatal crash risk is about three times higher than when a beginner is driving alone.

While night driving with passengers is particularly lethal for teens, many fatal crashes with teen passengers occur during the day. Law enforcement authorities suggest that the best policy is to restrict teenage passengers, especially multiple teens, all the time.

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