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 2013.05.30

Written by David Green.

The Ohio EPA’s Surface Water Division conducted its annual inspection of Fayette’s water treatment lagoons and found only a few minor problems.

“Overall it was a pretty good inspection,” village administrator Steve Blue told council members last week. “They said the lagoon area was in good shape.”

Blue said the agency reviewed records and found some violations related particular days, such as an excess of total suspended solids one day in July and an excess of oil and grease during a four-day stretch in March.

The village will be required to explain the anomalies and tell how to prevent them in the future.

Blue gave an update on the village sewer separation project, stating that contractor Gleason is not currently requesting over-night work. Instead, the company hopes to convince the Ohio Department of Transportation to close U.S. 20 completely. The company will seek closure for about five days when the work progresses west to an area near the funeral home.

Blue said the park board is talking with private individuals for the operation of the park concession stand after negotiations with the sophomore class came to an end.

BILLING—Council’s Public Works committee will meet again to continue discussing changes to the policy governing bill collections. New wording might be ready for council to consider at its June 26 meeting.

PLANNER—The new Regional Planning Commission director David Wright introduced himself to council. He worked as a planner in Lima and Ft. Wayne prior to taking the Fulton County position.

He hopes to address what he sees as some possible outreach shortfalls in the rural portions of the county.

SEAT BELTS—Police chief Jason Simon said a recent Click-it-or-Ticket effort at the high school showed that drivers in 42 vehicles were wearing seat belts and drivers in two vehicles were not.

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