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.

Dunbar Auto demolition cleared 2011.05.18

Written by David Green.

dunbar.autoThe former Dunbar Auction House on North Street received clearance for demolition from a firm conducting an environmental review of the property.

Morenci mayor Keith Pennington said that some remediation of contaminated soil is expected, but the work will be part of the demolition process.

The building is scheduled to be torn down for the creation of a parking area north of Johnson’s Hardware. The alley used for deliveries to the hardware will be widened and additional parking will be created for the residents of apartments in the area.

Pennington expects the work on the parking area to be completed this year along with the rebuilding of the city parking lots on the south side of Main Street. He said the parking lot where the Dunbar building stands is slated for a n initial gravel surface this year, but that could change.

“We will see how the bids for the whole project come in and make a decision in a couple of months.”

With the favorable environmental report, the city can move forward in purchasing the building and seek demolition bids.

The Observer office might become the last commercial building standing in the area due to problems with old Dr. Raabe office.

Larry and Beverly Sines recently bought the Raabe building from Ken Richardson and Sines said he hopes to preserve the main structure.

The building was tagged May 5 as condemned by building inspector Kevin Arquette due to continued deterioration of the back portion of the building. Sines will have that portion removed and then take a close look at the remainder of the structure.

“I’d like to save it and fix it,” he said. “It’s part of Morenci’s heritage.”

If he determines the building can be preserved, he aims to rebuild the overhang that fell last year when it was struck by a truck.

The building is known as Lenawee County’s first private hospital.

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