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.

Johnson, Mary Alta

Written by David Green.

Mary Alta Johnson, 64, of Park Street, Fayette, Ohio, died Jan. 27, 2006 at Toledo Hospital.

She was born Aug. 10, 1941 in Emmet County, Mich., to Ellis Willard and Alta L. (Soules) Vincent. She married Vern L. Johnson on Feb. 18, 1967 in Flint, Mich. and he survives.

Mary graduated from Camden Frontier High School in 1958 and attended God’s Bible School in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was an active member of the Fayette Nazarene Church. She delivered Meals on Wheels in Fayette and enjoyed reaching out to others by sending cards.

Besides her husband, Mary is survived by four sons, Vern L. (and Amy) Johnson, Jr. of Hudson, Mich., Garreth W. (and Rita) Johnson and Darrel J. Johnson, both of Fayette, and Steven H. Johnson of New Springfield, Ohio; two brothers, Kenneth (and Janet) Vincent of Camden and Rev. Floyd (and Connie) Vincent of Wauseon, Ohio; nine grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services were Jan. 31 at Fayette Nazarene Church with Rev. Winston Hatcliff officiating. Burial was in Frontier Cemetery in Woodbridge Township, Mich. Memorial contributions may be made to Fayette Nazarene Church Sunday School fund. Arrangements were handled by Eagle Funeral Home in Fayette.

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