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.

Fayette cemetery prices changing 2013.01.23

Written by David Green.

The cost of burial at Fayette's Pleasant View Union Cemetery is going up April 1, and cemetery board members also approved a fee change for non-residents.

With the current fee structure, non-resident grave purchases cost double the amount for residents—$400 and $200. Starting in April, all graves will cost $300, but non-residents will pay an extra $100 for grave opening services.

The board has discussed a fee increase for several months and sexton Jason Ferguson checked with some other area communities to look at their charges.

"We are still considerably cheaper than many nearby cemeteries," Ferguson said, "but our operations are supplemented greatly by the tax millage on our residents."

All property owners in Gorham Township, including the village, pay a small levy for cemetery operation. Since residents pay to help operate the cemetery, they have been charged a cheaper rate for grave space. However, residents sometimes buy a grave for a non-resident to get the cheaper price. That's perfectly legal, Ferguson said, but the board sees the practice as a loss of revenue for cemetery operation. 

With the new rates, the cost of space is the same for everyone, but non-residents will pay $100 extra for grave openings. The cost to open grave remains $350 for residents and non-residents will pay $450.

If a resident has been "displaced" due to long-term nursing care, the extra $100 fee will be waived if proof of residency is shown.

Board members approved a new additional fee of $200 for a grave opening on a federal holiday. The price for monument concrete foundations remains unchanged at $200.

Grave sales are by appointment only. Call the cemetery office at 419/237-2466 and leave a message for the sexton, Jason Ferguson.

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