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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.

Potts, Michael "Potsy"

Written by David Green.

Michael Kent “Potsy” Potts, 48, of W. Center Street, Waldron, Mich., died Feb. 28, 2006.

He was born April 11, 1957 in Wauseon, Ohio, to Eldon Joy and Inez Julia (Crowder) Potts. On Oct. 31, 1997 he married Kathie Jeanette Mruk in Fayette, Ohio, and she survives.

Mike graduated from West Unity Hilltop High School in 1975. He previously worked at R&H Restaurant in Fayette and owned Potsy’s Restaurant in Waldron for 14 years. He cooked for many restaurants in Fulton and Williams counties.

Mike was a very active member of Fayette Christian Church where he worked as custodian, was a deacon, sang in the choir and taught Bible school. He was a devout Duke Blue Devils fan. He enjoyed reading and was an avid fisherman, hunter and trapper.

Besides his wife, Mike is survived by his mother, Inez J. Potts of Fayette; mother-in-law, Jean Mruk of Toledo; one step-daughter, Bonnie (and Dale) Baldwin of Osseo, Mich.; two stepsons, George Metroff, Jr., of Toledo, Ohio, and Michael (and Melissa) Metroff of Fremont, Ind.; eight grandchildren, Nathan, Victoria, Jasmine, Tabitha, Shane, Ruth, Ashley and Morgan; three brothers, Terry (and Paulette) Potts of West Unity, Ohio, Brent Potts of Alvordton, Ohio, and Gregory (and Monica) Potts of Lafayette, Ind.; three nieces, Amanda (and Dan) Fruchey of Gallup, N. M., Susan (and Todd) Elliott of West Unity and Jessica Potts (and Jeff Beck) of Archbold, Ohio, and four nephews, Joshua Potts and Micah Potts, both of Camden, Zachary Potts of Warner Robbins, Ga., and Harley Potts of Lafayette, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his father, Eldon J. Potts; one brother, Clarence J. Potts, II; and one step-grandson, Matthew Metroff.

Funeral services were March 3 at Fayette Christian Church with Rev. Mary Jo Bray officiating. Burial was in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Memorial contributions may be made to Fayette Christian Church. Arrangements were handled by Eagle Funeral Home in Fayette, Ohio.

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