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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.

Three Morenci residents honored by sheriff's department 2011.06.08

Written by David Green.

Three Morenci residents were among several people honored May 25 at the annual Lenawee County Sheriff’s Department award banquet.

Fire chief Chad Schisler and Morenci resident Billy Williams each received a Civilian Citation for their efforts during the search in October for 14-year-old Seneca Township youth Collin Fletcher who failed to return home from a hunting venture. Fairfield Township fire chief Jim Oard was also a recipient. The Fairfield department received the initial call in the search effort.a

The three men helped organize dozens of volunteers and fire-fighters in a search effort that lasted from 4 p.m. until 8 a.m. the next day.

The citation states, “Although the missing youth was eventually found deceased, the effort and leadership skills displayed resulted in a very well executed search.”

Lenawee County Sheriff Department dispatcher Christopher Hudson was also honored for his work in a Morenci-area incident.

Hudson was on duty when a family of four living on Lime Creek Road was tied up and robbed in October. He was said to display “dedication and professionalism” in calming the victims and reassuring the victims while they awaited the arrivals of officers.

A Civilian Citation was also given to Brian Anderson, Joseph Shrader and Connie Sayler for their actions in saving a victim’s life after a car accident and fire.

Commendations were given to Deputy Chris VanDyke and to dispatchers Cherrie Elliott and Miranda Brenner.

Certificates of Recognition were presented to deputies David Harsh and Keith Gorney, Sgt. Michael Crater, various dispatchers, parole agent David Face, and probation agents Christopher Jones and Michael Stevenson.

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