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.

LeVeck, Steve

Written by David Green.

Steve Lewis LeVeck, 52, of Spring Lake, Mich., died Feb. 8, 2010, after an extended illness.

He was born Jan. 16, 1958, in Hudson, Mich., to Patricia Murphy and Myron LeVeck. He graduated from Morenci (Mich.) Area High School in 1976, where he was the co-captain of the football team.

Steve was a paramedic for 28 years and a passionate entrepreneur. He founded Priorities, his own business consulting company, and was currently employed at North Ottawa Hospital in Grand Haven, Mich.

He loved reading, learning, being with people, eating warm butterscotch pudding, and life.

Steve is survived by his wife of 33 years, Darlene; daughters, Rachel, (and Logan) Bruursema and their son, Mack Steven; Heidi (and Aaron) Robison and their daughters Raegan and Addysen; and Holly (and Brad) O’Brien and their sons Lance Patrick and Brady Steven; and sons, Seth (and Chelsea) and their son Jackson Lewis; and Ethan Josiah; two brothers, Nate Elarton of Temperance, Mich., and Mark LeVeck of St. Louis, Mo.; and one sister, Pam Arquette of Morenci.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Patrick Green, and his mother Patricia Murphey.

Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Friday at Spring Lake Wesleyan church in Spring Lake with his brother, Rev. Nate Elarton, of Temperance, Mich. officiating. Visitation is planned at Klaasseen Funeral Home in Grand Haven, Mich.

A local memorial service is scheduled at 1 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Christian Family Center in Adrian, Mich.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the LeVeck Fund at National City Bank in Grand Haven or Bedford Christian Community Church, 8970 Jackman Rd. Temperance, MI 48182.

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