General election results 2011.11.02

Written by David Green.

Morenci voters will see no contested positions in the city council race next week, while those in Fayette will have choices to make for both the mayor and council posts. The general election is scheduled Nov. 8.

Morenci voters will elect three council members to fill the chairs of three retiring councilors, but only three names are on the ballot.

Jeff Bell, Brenda Spiess and Rebecca Berger are expected to take office after the election. They will replace Leasa Slocum, Art Erbskorn and Jason Cook.

Morenci voters will join others in Lenawee County in deciding the fate of a 0.28-mill levy proposal that would raise money for economic development efforts.

If passed, the measure would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $14 a year for five years.

Fayette village—Voters will choose between two mayoral candidates. Incumbent Ruth Marlatt is seeking another term in office. She is challenged by former council member and interim mayor Craig Rower.

Voters will also choose two of four candidates for village council. David Borer is the only incumbent. Also on the ballot are former council member Jerry Gonzales and newcomers Suzette Boesger and Dave Wheeler.

Fayette schools—The board of education is seeking a five-year renewal of the existing 7.0-mill operating levy, beginning in 2012. School administrators call the levy essential for the continued operation of the school.

Lyons—Voters will decide whether or not to accept an electrical aggregation proposal from First Energy. 

There is no contest in the vote for a mayor and two council members.

Evergreen schools—An additional 0.25 percent income tax for current expenses, beginning Jan. 1, 2012, for five years.

The biggest measure among three state proposals is a referendum on a new law relating to union contracts and other employment contracts.

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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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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    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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