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.

Morenci school weight room policy set 2011.06.15

Written by David Green.

Morenci school’s new weight room policy will go into effect July 1 to allow community use of the facilities.

School athletic director Taz Wallace worked with community members and school staff to create a new policy to address safety and security concerns while maintaining community use of the facility.

“The new policy should allow a safe and structured environment for community members,” Wallace said.

He also expects maintenance of the facility to improve through the changes.

Community members interested in using the weight training room must sign an agreement and pay an annual fee of $35. The fee is good for one year of usage from the date it’s paid. Community members must abide by a set of rules, including use of the facility only when an approved supervisor is present. Those who don’t abide by the rules of the facility and don’t follow the directions of the supervisor will lose the privilege of using the weight room.

The weight room community agreement is available at the high school  office on Page Street and on the school’s website (www.morenci.k12.mi.us). The signed agreement and user fee should be taken to the high school office.

Anyone can apply to serve as a volunteer supervisor, Wallace said. Applications are available at the board of education office. Supervisors will have the same background check and fingerprinting procedure as an assistant coach would experience.

“We want to have the right people in place to supervise,” Wallace said, such as those who are able to guide younger users on how to lift weights appropriately.

Supervisors will sign up for times they’re available to open the weight room and a schedule will be posted at the building. The schedule could change from month to month due to the availability of supervisors, but Wallace said he will work to keep it as consistent as possible.

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