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.

Two businesses recently opened their doors in Fayette.

Written by David Green.

Lanzcove Tanning

After Rashell Covey and Tonya Lantz got to know each other through their children, they discovered something they had in common: They were both tired of driving a few miles in order to get a tan.

They contacted Charity Slyker to see if she was interested in selling her closed tanning salon and the deal was made. The two women combined their last names to create a new business, Lanzcove Tanning.

They’re currently using two beds and a booth from Slyker’s operation, but there are new bulbs in the equipment. The women expect to buy a new, updated bed in the future.

Despite the slower summer season, Lanzcove is currently open seven days a week and they’re offering a free tan to new customers.

In addition to tanning, Lanzcove offers massage, by appointment only, with massage therapist Carrol Portala.

The business is located at 112 W. Main St. in Fayette. The phone number is 419/237-2084.

The Saw Shop

When Verl Morningstar decided to close his Husqvarna saw sales and repair shop at Harrison Lake, Norm and Lisa Dickman saw an opportunity.

The Dickmans purchased the business and operated at the lake for a few months, but earlier this month they moved to a new location in Fayette.

“The primary reason for the move is for traffic,” Lisa said.

The business is located at the back of the former MRI building, east of Ridgeville Elevator. Between the elevator and Circle K, and with a new store soon to open across the street, the Dickmans think they have a good location and they’ve seen a large increase in customers.

Norm and Lisa didn’t just bring Verl’s store to town, they also brought along the repair man, Jeff Burkholder.

Burkholder said Verl’s carried a variety of equipment over the years, but he’s most impressed with the quality of Husqvarna. A full line of Husqvarna equipment is available, including saws, blowers, tillers, mowers, utility vehicles and more. 

The Dickmans are grateful for the help of Verl and Pat Morningstar, along with Lisa’s father, Mike Dominique, who helped  set up the business.

A grand opening is planned Aug. 5 and 6.

The Saw Shop can be reached by calling 419/237-2707.

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