The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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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.

A Mustang in the garden

Written by David Green.

mustang_garden.2Daniel Shock’s “urban farm” looked as though it might be adding some livestock to the vegetable production Sunday morning due to the unexpected arrival of a Mustang.

OK, that’s stretching things a bit, but the Fayette resident was surprised to look out his window and see a Ford Mustang lodged among his sweet corn seedlings.

Daniel said his wife, Ellen, answered a knock on the door of their S. Gorham Street home about 7:45 a.m. Sunday and met Zachary Lavinder, 19, of Fayette, who apologized because he just drove his car into their garden.

It’s not just any garden. Daniel describes it as the most talked-about garden in town. He and his wife bought the former Harvey and Dee Potter home two years ago. Daniel says he’s always been into gardening, although his previous garden when he lived in Evansport was much, much smaller than the Potter plot.

“I kind of upheld Harvey’s tradition of taking care of this garden,” Daniel said, and he’s now spending a lot more time in the dirt.

Lavinder’s Mustang wiped out some sweet corn and he was ordered by police to pay $40 in restitution by Friday. Of course this is the year that Daniel decided to buy some good, expensive seed.

With all the recent rain storms, the car became firmly lodged in the soil and a wrecker was called to pull it out.

Lavender was cited for failure to control his vehicle.

“I felt sorry for the kid,” Daniel said. “How could you go to someone’s door and explain that?”

A Facebook friend suggested the appearance of the Mustang might be due to horse manure used to grow good vegetables, but Daniel knows that’s not the case.

It’s rabbit droppings that provide the best fertilizer, he says, but so far no Volkswagens have appeared.

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