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.

Mick, Mary Lou

Written by David Green.

Mary Lou Mick, 75, of W. Spring St., Fayette, Ohio, died March 10, 2011, at Flower Hospital in Sylvania, Ohio, following a brief illness.

She was born Oct. 1, 1935, in Athol, Ky., the daughter of the late Wallace and Minnie (Tolar) Wilson. She married Larry Mick on Nov. 23, 1979, in Fayette, and he survives.

Mary Lou grew up in Athol before moving to the Fayette area in her teenage years. She retired from Fayette Tubular Products in 1994, following 42 years of service. She enjoyed quilting, making afghans and crafts, and is fondly remembered for her skill in cooking and baking.

Surviving Mary Lou besides her husband are two daughters, Roxann (and Jim) Crisp of Toledo, Ohio, and Rhonda (and Ed) Watkins of Clanton, Ala.; a son, Randy Robinson of Fayette; seven brothers, Robert Wilson of Ypsilanti, Mich., Charles (and Betty) Wilson of Bellevue, Ky., Joe (and Bonnie) Wilson of Fayette, Danny (and Carol) Wilson of Wauseon, Ohio, Wilfred (and Carolyn) Wilson of Fayette, Bert (and Lula) Wilson of Napoleon, Ohio, and Larry (and Lori) Wilson of Napoleon; two sisters, Bonnie (and John) Elkins of Hudson, Mich., and Myrtle (and Robert) Brehm of Wauseon; five grandchildren, Casey Johnson, Sheena Bucklew, David Watkins, Andy Crisp and Adam Crisp; and two great-grandchildren, Gavin Liechty and Braylin Barr.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, Gary Lynn, in infancy.

Funeral services are planned at 2 p.m. Monday, March 14, at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette, with Rev. Robert Damschroder officiating. Interment will follow in Tedrow Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may consider memorial contributions in memory of Mary Lou to the Gorham Fayette Fire Department.

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