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.

November election results 2011.11.16

Written by David Green.

There were no contested races for Morenci voters, but that wasn’t the case in Fayette.

Incumbent mayor Ruth Marlatt turned back a challenge from Craig Rower, 196-119, to win another term in office.

Another incumbent, David Borer, was reëlected to the village council by garnering the most votes, 204, and he will be joined by newcomer David Wheeler who polled 172 votes. Two unsuccessful candidates were Suzette Boesger with 108 votes and Jerry Gonzales with 99.

The contested positions brought out a 45-percent turnout with 324 voters.

Fayette’s school renewal millage found strong support with 464 “yes” votes to 256 “no.”

Superintendent of schools Russell Griggs thanked those who supported the millage and spoke of the importance of the vote to the district.

“In the current economic climate, passage of any levy is a vote of confidence for the district,” he said. “Passage today means the funds generated from this levy will be collected through 2017.”

Griggs said he is proud to work in a district that continues to support the school district during very difficult economic times.

Kirk Keiser, Karen King and Pam Seiler retained their board of education seats.

MORENCI—Morenci mayor Keith Pennington, running unopposed, received 187 votes. Three council candidates filling three empty seats were Jeff Bell with 180 votes, Rebecca Berger with 174 votes and Brenda Spiess with 169.

The Lenawee County proposal to establish a 0.25-mill levy for economic development work was defeated, 6,957-4,125.

OTHER RACES—In Chesterfield Township, Peggy Volkman defeated Lilly Armstrong for fiscal officer, 178-139. Clark Emmons ran unopposed for trustee.

In Franklin Township, Michael Kinsman edged Mark Ballmer for trustee, 121-119. Josh Grime unseated John Winzeler as fiscal officer, 129-106.

In Gorham Township, incumbent Michael Figgins ran unopposed for fiscal officer and incumbent Randy Merillat ran unopposed for trustee.

The Evergreen school district levy for an additional 0.25 mills was defeated, 1,070-996. In Lyons, John Arquette ran unopposed for mayor. John Good and Ty Walker were unopposed for council positions.

A majority of Fulton County voters favored the repeal of Senate Bill 5 that would have restricted collective bargaining, 8,681-6,237.

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