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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.

Morenci city council 2011.05.25

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

A downtown Morenci building has a new owner and planning continues for a Subway restaurant in the building.

The closing for the sale of property at 203-205 W. Main St.—the former Knoblauch grocery store—was made final last week. New owner Ketan Patel of Mason, Mich., intends to renovate the building and open a Subway restaurant in the ground floor of the east side of the structure.

The west side would become available for office or retail space and, eventually, four apartments would be created on the second floor.

Patel owns Subway franchises in Hudson and Lansing, plus a pizza franchise in East Lansing.

Patel is using a state façade grant of $164,000 and $212,000 in private funds for the renovation project.

The first building permit for the renovation was taken from city hall today, reported city administrator/clerk Renée Schroeder, for the purpose of installing a new roof.

City council members voted Monday to accept the low bid from Tenmile Creek Excavating of Detroit for the city’s parking lot rebuilding project.

The firm’s bid of $652,800 was only $3,800—less than half a percent—lower than Brady from Tecumseh. Six companies submitted bids.

Public Works committee vice-chair Jason Cook reported that the city’s engineer studied the bids and recommended Tenmile’s as the low bidder.

Morenci mayor Keith Pennington said that Tenmile won’t do all the work itself since, for example, it has no paving equipment.

ROOF—Councilors voted to accept the low bid offered by Kevin Arquette ($1,440) to replace the roof on the west shelter house at Wakefield Park.

ALS—The annual resolution for funding the Morenci Area EMS service calls for no increase in the existing special assessment.

ALPINE—The Lenawee Economic Development Corporation—owner of the former Alpine (M&S) buildings in Morenci—decided recently to temporarily shut off the utilities to the vacant manufacturing space.

ROAD REPAIR—A contract was approved with the Lenawee Road Commission to tar and chip 4,000 feet of Coomer Street, starting at the east city limits and also a portion of W. Chestnut Street.

SHOOTING—Police chief Larry Weeks said formal notification arrived ruling that a Morenci police officer showed appropriate use of force in a shooting incident in Hillsdale County.

BUDGET—Council approved the city budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year, showing general fund revenue and expenditures of $1.188 million, including a contingency fund of $114,475.

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