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.

Barnhart, Michael

Written by David Green.

Michael James Barnhart, 41, of Morenci, Mich., died Dec. 10, 2011, at ProMedica Bixby Hospital.

He was born Feb. 26, 1970. He married Ronda Gilbert on Nov. 18, 2010, in Toledo, Ohio, and she survives.

Michael was employed by Wacker Chemical Company for the past 16 years and was co-owner of JAM Productions DJ Service. He was a member of the Eagles of Adrian. He was an avid golfer and hunter and was a big fan of Bob Dylan and the Minnesota Vikings.

Besides his wife, Michael is survived by his mother, Delores Barnhart Linehan of Adrian; his children, Derek Barnhart of Manitou Beach, Mich., Matthew Barnhart of Morenci, Taylor Barnhart and Jessie Barnhart, both of Addison, Mich., and Roxann, Rachell, and Roger Robinson, Jr., all of Morenci; a brother, Jack Still of Otisville, Mich.; aunts and uncles, Betty DuVall of Lambertville, Mich., Marilyn Papworth of Oscoda, Mich., and Steve and Delight Bowerman, Jack and Barb Blaker, David and Debbie Blaker, and Dan and Debbie Dusseau, all of Adrian.

He was preceded in death by his step-father, Michael Linehan; an uncle, Raymond Barnhart; grandparents, Glen and Lucile Barnhart; and a granddaughter, Miley Marie Barnhart.

Cremation has taken place.  A memorial service is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at Anderson Funeral Home in Adrian with Jack Blaker officiating. Visitation is planned from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Anderson Funeral Home.  

Memorial contributions are suggested to a trust fund for Michael’s children. 

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