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.

Powell, Mattie

Written by David Green.

Mattie Elizabeth Powell, 5, of rural Fayette, Ohio,  died June 2, 2010, after a battle of more than two years with brain and bone cancer.

Mattie had a beautiful smile and touched many lives in her short lifetime.

Mattie is survived by her parents, Duane and Sara Powell; a sister, Hanna Powell; grandparents, Carolyn Powell, Marie Aubry and Dave (and Marcia) Aubry; aunts, Ann Aubry (and Ted Rundio), Beth (and Ron) Black, and Becky Powell (and Burt Hasch); uncles, Marc (and Sarah) Aubry and Kevin Powell; cousins, Justin Dickerson, Katie, Reggie, Payton Black, Raymond Powell, and Jackson and Claire Aubry; great uncles and aunts, David and Karen O'Grady, Kevin and Kay O'Grady, Dan and Cynthy Kleman, Larry and Joanne Barron and Chester and Grace Hartwell; and all the special friends she has met during her journey.

Family and friends may visit from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 6, at Morenci Bible Fellowship, 244 W. Main St., Morenci. A celebration of Mattie's life is scheduled at 11 a.m. Monday, June 7, at St. Casper Church, 1205 N. Shoop Ave., Wauseon, with visitation one hour prior to the service. A burial service will follow at 3 p.m. at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.

Arrangements were handled by Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci.

Memorial contributions may be sent in Mattie’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 143, Memphis, TN 38148 or Hospice of Fulton County Community Health Professionals, 1159 Westwood Dr., Van Wert, OH 45891.

 The family would like to thank the staff and volunteers at Toledo Hospital, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Hospice of Fulton County for everything they did to make Mattie’s time during her journey special.

The family would also like to thank everyone who sent Christmas and birthday cards to Mattie and all the support and prayers.

 

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