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.

Ledyard, Mary

Written by David Green.

Mary A. Ledyard, 78, of Fayette, Ohio, died July 24, 2011, surrounded by her family at the home of her  daughter in Pioneer, Ohio.

She was born Nov. 14, 1932, in Ottokee, Ohio, the daughter of Andrew J. “Jack” and Sylvia P. (Eby) Viers. She married Lyle Ledyard in Fayette in 1971 and he preceded her in death in 1993.

Mary was a lifelong resident of Fayette.  She retired from Sheridan Manufacturing and in recent years worked at Pioneer Custom Coating. She was a member of the  Fayette  Church of the Nazarene and enjoyed Bible study and praying for those in need. Mary also enjoyed working in her flowers beds.  Mary loved her family and spent much of her time with them. 

Mary is survived by her eight children, Dan (and Sharon) Groves, Jack (and Donna) Groves, both of Archbold, Ohio, Larry (and Mary Jo) Ledyard of Fayette, Michael (and Marisol) Groves of Mexico, Ind., David (and Grace) Groves of Parrish, Ala.,  Glenda (and Bob) Johnson of Hudson, Ind., Merry (and Denny) Sentle of Pioneer, and  Carol (and Thad) Chodakauskas of Norko, Calif.; 21 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers, Robert and Roger Viers; and two grandsons, Shawn and James Groves. 

Funeral services are planned at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at the Fayette Church of the Nazarene, with Pastor Paul Baker and Pastor Scott Coats officiating.  Interment will follow in Floral Grove Cemetery in Pioneer, Ohio.  Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday  at the Eagle Funeral Home in Fayette. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Fayette Church of the Nazarene or CHWC Hospice. 

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