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.

Carncross, Mary

Written by David Green.

Mary M. Carncross, 85, of Fayette, Ohio, and formerly of Toledo, Ohio, died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007, at Fulton Manor in Wauseon, Ohio, where she was a resident for three and a half years.

She was born Jan. 9, 1922, in Fayette to Roscoe and Hazelle (Graham) Griffin. She met her future husband, Eugene, while playing in the Morenci Band. They were married Aug. 22, 1954, in Fayette and he preceded her in death Dec. 31, 1993.

Mary graduated from Fayette High School in 1939 and from the Toledo Hospital School of Nursing in 1942. She retired as Supervisor of Nursing from Toledo Hospital in 1988 with more than 45 years of service.

She was general secretary of the Toledo Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association for 50 years (1954-2004) and belonged to the South Fairfield Arbor (Gleaners) in which she was named Fraternalist of the Year in 1999. Mary was also a member of Fayette United Methodist Church, Fayette Lions Club and Fayette Fine Arts Council.

Surviving Mary is one son, Craig Carncross, of Fayette; one daughter, Martha Carncross, of Toledo; two canine companions, Buster and Prinz; one sister in-law, Marilyn Griffin, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio; one brother in-law, Charles Carncross, of Zephyrhills, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one brother, Lawrence Griffin, in 1988.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Eagle Funeral Home in Fayette with Pastor Laura Clark officiating. Interment will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Visitation is scheduled from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may make memorial contributions to Fayette Opera House, Fayette United Methodist Church or Gorham Fayette Fire and Rescue.

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