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.

Stowell, Chester

Written by David Green.

Dr. Chester C. Stowell, 100, formerly of Fayette, Ohio, died Feb. 3, 2011.

Dr. Stowell was born Aug. 13, 1910, in Fayette, the son of Harry and Etta Stowell.

He taught school for nearly 16 years, starting in a one-room schoolhouse and later at the junior high school in Fayette. He worked as a farmer at the same time.

In 1945 he moved to Indianapolis to attend Lincoln Chiropractic College. He dedicated 25 years to Lincoln as a professor, registrar and dean.

He was included in Who’s Who Among Men in the Midwest, named Indiana Chiropractor of the Year in 1976, the Lincoln College outstanding teacher in 1969, and was bestowed the honor of Kentucky Colonel.

Lincoln Chiropractic College merged with National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Ill., and Dr. Stowell served as Dean of Students until retiring in 1990 at the age of 80. At National he was awarded the president’s gold medallion award for 40 years of service to chiropractic. The students at National dedicated the “Mirror” yearbook to Dr. Stowell as “the friend of students.”

He was a member of Hope Church in Carmel, and later attended Wheaton Free Evangelical Church while living in Wheaton, Ill.

He is survived by sons, Larry (and Sandra) of Indianapolis, Ken (and Kathy) of Santa Cruz, Calif.; daughter Cheryl Stowell of Fishers, Ind.; niece Jean (and Gordon) Brown of Cumming Ga.; granddaughter Christy Stowell, and great-granddaughter Mikayla Stowell of Calif.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lola Gleason Stowell; brothers Ferris, Dwight, Wesley and Avery; sisters, Irene, Naomi, Eunice and Dorthy.

No funeral service is planned at this time, but a small graveside service at Lincoln Memory Gardens and a memorial service will be scheduled in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Wheaton Free Evangelical Church or National University of Health Sciences in Lombard.

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