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.

Walker, Thelma "Ann"

Written by David Green.

Thelma “Ann” Walker, 72, of N. Eagle St., Fayette, Ohio, died Feb. 10, 2012, at Akron General Hospital in Akron, Ohio. 

She was born Sept. 22, 1939, in Waldron, Mich., to the late Howard and Eugenia (Lester) Phillips. She married Orland “Bud” Walker on May 11, 1990, and he preceded her in death Aug. 3, 2004.

Ann grew up in Waldron and graduated from Waldron High School in 1957. She was formerly employed at Fayette Tubular Products and also served as a bartender at Harry’s Tavern in Fayette for several years. She is remembered for her love of socializing with people, be it during a game of cards or her beloved Bingo. She also enjoyed crafting and spending her winters in Florida. Ann was a member of the American Legion and the Fraternal Eagles #1297 in Morenci.

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Grant (and fiancé Kent Lester); two brothers, Charles “Sonny” (and Barb) Phillips of Fayette, and Richard (and Patricia) Phillips of Delta, Ohio; a sister, Deb (and Melvin) Schaedler of Waldron; grandchildren, Natasha (and Jeremy) Roberson of Lansing, Mich., Andrew Beaverson (and fiancée Jenna Figy), Ryan Sanford (and fiancée Jerrica Jacoby), Chad Sanford (and Lori Jaramillo), and Hillary Cox (and fiancé Mitchell Molina), all of Fayette; six great-grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Maurice Clark of Morenci, Mich., and Sonny New of Fayette; and a sister-in-law, Sharon Phillips of Waldron.

In addition to her parents and husband, Ann was preceded in death by a son, Mike Beaverson; a brother, Robert Phillips; and three sisters, Leora Clark, Jean Beaverson, and Eleanore “Tic” New.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette, with Donald Crain officiating. Interment will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Visitation is scheduled from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday.

Memorial donations are suggested to the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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