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.

Fayette schools earn "excellence" rating 2011.08.24

Written by David Green.

Fayette’s annual school report card is expected to show an “excellent” rating again this year when results become official today.

The preliminary report was released earlier this month and superintendent Russ Griggs expects no changes.

In order to meet the state standard, at least 75 percent of those taking the annual state test must score a “proficient” rating. Results from last year show the district met the state standard in 23 of 24 categories. At least 75 percent of the students were rated proficient in every section except third grade reading, where proficiency was earned by 73.9 percent of the class.

The 11th grade standard requires proficiency by at least 85 percent of the students. All 32 members of the class scored 100 percent on the test in reading, writing, mathematics and social studies. Only one student scored below proficiency in science.

The district also met the attendance requirement with a 95.9 percent rating and the graduation requirement with a 100 percent rating. The district also met the AYP criteria (adequate yearly progress).

The district also achieved the value added rating for the year for exceeding expected gains.

Elementary school principal Dr. LuAnn Boyer and secondary principal Dan Feasel both praised their staff members for a successful year in the classroom.

Efforts at improvement will continue, Feasel said, and assistance will come from Sally Kovar of the Educational Service Center.

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