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.

Trippe, Kyra

Written by David Green.

Kyra Lynn Trippe, 52, of Fort Wayne, Ind., died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006 in Bryan, Ohio.

She was born July 31, 1953 in Bryan, Ohio, the daughter of Kenneth R. and Rita J. (Lamont) Rollins. She married Lester R. Trippe on Dec. 14, 1988 in Angola, Ind. and he survives.

Kyra graduated from St. Vincent School of Nursing in Toledo, Ohio and was a licensed practical nurse. She had been employed at the Medical College of Ohio for seven years and then as an obstetrics nurse at Cameron Hospital in Angola, Ind. for 10 years. She was recently employed as a nurse with Hospice and Home Health Care in  Fort Wayne, Ind.

Besides her husband, Kyra is survived by her parents of Angola, Ind.; two sons, Tyler R. Trippe of Lexington, Ky. and Jordon R. Trippe of Angola, Ind.; one brother, Brooks W. (and fiancee, Celeste Heidelburg) Rollins of Wauseon, Ohio; one sister, Brigelle (and Russ) Stang of Angola, Ind. and four nieces, Sydnee Stang and Brooke, Brittany and Bailey Rollins.

Private funeral and burial services are planned. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cameron Memorial Community Hospital Home Health Care and Hospice. Arrangements were handled by Krill Funeral Service in Edgerton, Ohio.

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