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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 05.04.2011

Written by David Green.

Seneca Township has scheduled another tire collection in June.

The event is planned from 7 a.m. to noon June 25 at the township hall. As in the past, the event will be open to the public and a fee will be charged for the disposal of tires.

The township board approved April 11 a road maintenance contract with the Lenawee County Road Commission for 100 tons of stone costing $14,664. The contract specifies that the work will be completed within 60 days of the signed contract, at the township’s discretion for the location and timeline.

A contract was also approved for fire protection with the Morenci Fire Department for the 2011-12 budget year. Release of the 10 percent increase to the Morenci Area EMS was also approved.

CEMETERY—Board member Chris White volunteered to clean up brush at the Packard Cemetery.

VOTING—The township’s old voting machines will be sold as scrap, as previously approved by the board.

ANIMAL—Roy Speiser was granted permission to raise 4-H animals at his house on a temporary basis. He sought a temporary permit since his property doesn’t meet the three-acre minimum for farm animals.

PROPERTY—Pat Spooner spoke to the board about a North Morenci resident who has belongings on Spooner’s land. The board approved a motion to send a letter to the offender that gives a May 1 deadline to comply before the township takes legal action.

BUDGET—The board heard the first reading of the proposed 2011-12 budget.

COMMISSION—County commissioner Cletus Smith gave a report to the board about recent business that the commission is discussing.

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