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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.

Fayette village council.2 2011.10.05

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

At least two Fayette residents are looking for slower speeds on Main Street rather than an increase.

A proposal to change the speed limit was discussed at the Sept. 14 committee of the whole meeting. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) used a formula to suggest increasing speed from 35 to 40 miles an hour on Main and S. Fayette streets.

However, the change would not be made without council’s approval.

Letters from Jason Ferguson and Don Stiriz both suggested lowering the speed on Main Street rather than raising it.

“When ODOT came in with their evaluation,” said chief of police Jason Simon, “we were trying to lower it in the first place.”

He urged residents to write to ODOT if they hope to have the limit lowered.

“The more that complain to ODOT, the more likely it’s going to be lowered,” he said. 

Letters should be sent to Mike Stormer, 317 E. Poe Rd., Bowling Green OH 43402.

If council doesn’t approve ODOT’s suggestion, the speed limits will remain the same. To have them lowered, residents will have to write and express their concern.

DOG PROBLEM—Property owner Bob Becker made a return visit to a council meeting to talk about a continuing problem with dog feces in his yard.

Becker said he never had a problem until his neighbor moved in a few years ago.

“I know whose dog it is,” Becker said about the mess in his yard.

Chief Simon said his department is aware of the problem and has seen the dogs running free in the yard where they live, which is legal, but the dogs have not been observed off their property. He’s spoken to the owner in the past about Becker’s complaints.

“Unless we catch them in the act and we know definitely whose dog it is, I don’t really have much to write a citation on,” Simon said.

He said the department received 15 loose dog reports during the past month.

BRUSH—Curbside brush removal throughout the village got underway Monday and will continue through Oct. 21. Leaf pickup will begin Oct. 31.

RETIREMENT—Council voted to accept the resignation of village worker Tom Rupp, effective Jan. 30, 2012.

SEWER WORK—Council approved additional spending of $37,000 for sewer line cleaning. CamTech, the company handling the project, requested additional money because the lines were filled with much more sediment and debris than expected.

POLICE—Council voted to allow police officers to function as part-time Class A village employees to handle snow plowing. The pay rate is $10 an hour.

An officer would be allowed to plow snow overnight when needed, for example, to avoid calling in a regular employee for overtime work.

GAMBLE ROAD—The projected start of the Gamble Road widening work is now in mid-October, pending additional weather delays. Village workers will move one catch basin before the work begins now that a 22-foot width was approved by council.

HALLOWEEN—Trick or Treat hours were established from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

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