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 council 2013.01.30

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

A Fayette resident asked village council members last week about closing in the walking track on Eagle Street to allow an area for dogs to run free.

Denise Jensen told council Jan. 23 that she often walks her four dogs at the track—and cleans up after them—and if no one else is present, she lets them off the leash. She was told by the police that she’s breaking the law.

Jensen said a sign at the park mentions several rules that are routinely broken and she’s wondering why this one rule is now being enforced.

She suggested closing off the openings in the fence so that dogs could not leave the area. Mayor Ruth Marlatt said council’s Public Safety Committee would discuss the issue.

Jensen left the meeting to return to work,  but the issue was discussed further for a short amount of time. It was mentioned that at least four openings would have to be closed.

Police chief Jason Simon said the first time he had contact with Jensen about her dogs was after one of the dogs chased a child on a bicycle.

TREES—Archie Stamm was appointed to fill a vacancy on the village tree commission.

Administrator Steve Blue said there were some residents unhappy with tree removal related to the sewer project. He’s expecting to receive a schedule from the contractor for future work and that will allow him to speak with residents beforehand.

PRESIDENT—Dave Borer was chosen to continue serving as president of council.

SLEDDING—Gleason Construction, the contractor for the sewer work, suggested using leftover fill dirt from the project to create a sledding hill. It’s a good idea, Blue said, but there might not be a suitable location.

WATER—Jeff Merillat will serve as the backup water system operator for Tom Rupp, but he is not interested in serving as the primary operator. Blue said he is looking for a replacement for Rupp who wants to retire from the job in the near future.

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