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.

Mildren Uhler: Remembers time as correspondent

Written by David Green.

By LISA KLOK

The Fayette Review was not just a local newspaper to Mildred Uhler, it was also a past employer.

Mildred began working as the Munson correspondent for the Fayette Review while she was still in high school and while Gaylord Yost was still the publisher. 

mildred “Really what it was was a gossip thing,” Mildred said.

As a correspondent, Mildred would call Munson residents to find out who was going to visit whom and who had come to visit whom, information not printed much today.

Mildred said people were really interested in the information because they liked to know what their neighbors were doing.

“It was a human interest thing,” Mildred said.

Mildred also kept track of school and church events and noted them in her column as well.

Every Monday, Mildred would make her weekly calls to everyone in town. She said she got to know Watha Severnce, who worked as a telephone operator, very well.

After gathering the information, Mildred would write out the report and mail it into Fayette.

“That’s when the mail still went directly from Munson to Fayette and not through Toledo first,” Mildred said.

Mildred enjoyed her time working for the Fayette Review not only because she knew what was happening in the community, but also because writing came naturally to her, as she kept detailed diaries through many years of her life.

Mildred stopped writing for the paper when the Parsons took over the Review.

“They didn’t want that kind of gossip anymore. The paper became more news oriented,” she said. And shortly after she stopped working for the paper, Mildred moved to Maryland with her husband, Wayne, who was in the service.

Looking back at her job at the Fayette Review, Mildred said that it was just a reflection of the way things were then.

“That’s what the news was then. We were country folks,” she said.

   - April 14, 2004

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