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.

Sutherland, Alice

Written by David Green.

Alice Sutherland, 93, of Morenci, Mich., died, Dec. 18, 2010.

Alice was born April 25, 1917, in Onsted, Mich., to Albert and Almeta (Hartzog) Williams. On March 15, 1934, she married C.W. Sutherland, Jr., in Pittsford, Mich., and  he preceded her in death Feb. 16, 1989.

Alice was a long-time resident of the Morenci area and  worked at Peter Stamping Co. in Fayette, Ohio, where she retired after 18 years.  In that time she also raised eight grandchildren.

After a short retirement, she went back to work at Mike’s Pizza Pro in Morenci for 11 years, then worked for Maid For You for three more years. She finally retired at the age of 84.

She was a long-time member of the Morenci American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post #368.  She loved going to the horse races with her grandson, Gene.

Alice is survived by five children, Janice (and Doug) Hawkins of Ruskin, Fla., Barb (and John) Wall of Addison, Mich., Mace (and Vera) Sutherland of Ruskin, Fla., Russell (and Maxine) Sutherland of Morenci, and Gary (and Sue) Sutherland of Morenci; 38 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Pauline Smith and Claudine Cox; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Russell, Berdall and Athal Williams; a sister, Doris Griffith; and a grandson, Rick Bender.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci, with Rev. Aden Porter officiating.  Burial will follow at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Morenci American Legion or to the Morenci United Methodist Church.

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