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.

Phelps, Arlene

Written by David Green.

Arlene Markel Phelps of Adrian, Mich., formerly of Morenci, died July 12, 2010.

She was born May 23, 1926, in Fayette Ohio, to John Markel and Floy Kigar Markel. On April 10, 1948, she married to Mickey Phelps.

Arlene was a homemaker, and worked as a secretary at Parker Chemical in Morenci, was assistant to the Morenci High School principal and the conference director at Adrian College.

Arlene was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 42 years. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church for more than 40 years and enjoyed being a member of the Deborah Circle.

Volunteering was an important part of her life. She was an escort volunteer at Bixby Hospital for more than 15 years and was co-chair of the service. She was a member of the Bixby Hospital Auxiliary. 

Education was important to Mick and Arlene. Their years of service to Adrian College and the love they had for the thousands of students passing through gave them the affectionate names of “Ma and Pa Phelps.” A scholarship for Adrian College students is being established in their honor. 

Arlene is survived by daughters Kathye (and Doug) Herrera and Karen VanHaerents, both of Morenci; grandchildren Kelly VanHaerents of Morenci and Mic Phelps of Adrian; one sister, Ardyth Seigneur of Kalkaska Mich; a niece, Connie Overy of Adrian; two nephews, Jack Seigneur of Kalkaska and Gary Seigneur of Green Bay, Wis.

She was preceded in death by her husband Mickey; her parents; a brother, Berlyn Markel in infancy; and a grandson, Matthew Phelps.

Funeral services at planned at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 17, at Anderson Funeral Home in Adrian, with the Rev. Gary Dawes officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.Visitation is scheduled from noon to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the scholarship established for Adrian College students, at Adrian College, 110 South Madison, Adrian, MI 49221 c/o Development Office. Envelopes are available at Anderson Funeral Home.

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