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.

Nominations sought for distinguished alumni 2012.01.11

Written by David Green.

The nomination deadline for the Morenci High School Distinguished Alumni award is approaching. Nominations are due Jan. 31 and the awards will be presented April 14 at the 10th annual Morenci Education Foundation Dinner and Auction.

The goal of the program, said foundation president Bill Van Valkenburg, is to honor at least four Morenci alumni annually based on the accomplishments in their careers, as well as their involvement in the community.

A total of 35 Morenci graduates have been honored in the nine years of the program’s existence.

Nominations may be made by obtaining a nomination form from the Morenci Education Foundation website (www.morencieducationfoundation.org). Look for the Distinguished Alumni button to print a form.

In addition, a letter of nomination can be submitted without using the form.

Nominations should be taken to the Morenci Board of Education office on Page Street or mailed to: Volunteer Club, 700 E. Coomer St., Morenci MI 49256.

Students in the Volunteer Club assist the foundation in evaluating nominations and making the final selections.

1999

Neil Fletcher, Class of 1951; Connie Ries, Class of 1973; Jeffrey Van Havel, Class of 1981; John W. Van Valkenburg, Class of 1948.

2000

Thomas Clark, Class of 1969; Stephanie Diccion-MacDonald, Class of 1980; Ronald Keller, Class of 1954; Gene Smith, Class of 1954.

2001

John Bancroft, Class of 1965; Sharon (Thomas) Ebersole, Class of 1956; Robert Green, Class of 1941.

2002 

Louise Brazee, Class of 1963; Dan Bruggeman, Class of 1956; Robert Van Wagner, Class of 1950.

2006

Judith (Richardson) Britsch, Class of 1964; Rosemary (Garrow) Dickerson, Class of 1975; Douglas Lockhart, Class of 1977; Susan (Whitehouse) Wiley, Class of 1962.

2007

Kenneth Graham, Class of 1953; Roger Hart, Class of 1976; Jeffrey Vereecke, Class of 1979.

2008

Michelle (Grieder) Bovee, Class of 1984; David Green, Class of 1968; Mark Pennington, Class of 1973.

2009

Larry Gould, Class of 1961; Kathleen Phelps-Hererra, Class of 1967; Dwight Mansfield, Class of 1968; Timothy Kruse, Class of 1977.

2010

Glen Smith, Class of 1954; William VanArsdalen, Class of 1947; Janice Clelland, Class of 1983.

2011

Jack Sampson, Class of 1955; John Geisler, Class of 1956; Teresa Foster, Class of 1976; Wendee Wolf-Schlarf, Class of 1980.

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