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.

Herman, Paul

Written by David Green.

Paul Herman, 74, of Morenci, Mich., died April 23, 2010, at Bixby Medical Center in Adrian, Mich.

 He was born Nov. 10, 1935, in Ottoville, Ohio, the son of Othmar and Emma (Smith) Herman. On June 23, 1959, in Madison, he married Patricia DeLongchamp and she survives.

Paul lived in Morenci since 1994. He was formerly employed at American Chain and Cable in Adrian as a tool setter, from where he retired in 1986.  Paul served his country during the Korean War in the Air Force.  He was a member of the Morenci American Legion #368, a life member of the Adrian VFW, and a life member of the Korean War Veterans.

Besides his wife, Paul is survived by a daughter, Teresa (and David) Earles of Tecumseh, Mich.; a son, Paul (and Lorilie) Herman of Columbus, Ohio; two grandchildren, Rachel and Matthew Earles; six sisters, Carol (and Ora) Hatcher of Sylvania, Ohio, Joyce (and Mike) Dwyer of Morenci; Mary Ellen Davis of Adrian, Delores Rayer of North Branch, Minn., Lillian Warren (and Rollin Lauber) of Hudson, Mich., and Diana (and William) Mundhenk of Fayette, Ohio; three brothers, Richard Herman of Tennessee, Robert (and Ingrid) Herman of California, and David Davis (and Joan Hood) of Tucson, Ariz.; three half-sisters, Vicki Herman, Gayle (and Lyle) Clark, and Karen Herman; two half-brothers, Charles Herman and Daniel Herman; two sisters-in-law, Elizabeth DeLongchamp and Lois Evans, both of Adrian; and many nieces and nephews.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; step father, Henry Davis; a sister, Clara Jeanette Herman; two brothers, Oscar and Edward Herman; and two brothers-in-law, Robert and William DeLongchamp.

A graveside service is planned at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 27, at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci with Fr. Gary Ferguson officiating. There will be no visitation.

Memorial contributions are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements were made through the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci.

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