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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.

2006.06.07 Checking in on my marriage

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

The New York Times, considered one of the top newspapers in the world, recently published a front page story about the married life of Bill and Hillary Clinton. How much time they spend together and apart. Bill’s dinner companions. Where he kissed his wife during a recent function in Manhattan. Whether or not they spent Valentine’s Day 2005 together.

You know, all the important news you’d expect to find on the front page of the newspaper of record.

More than 50 people were interviewed and allowed to speak anonymously since they figured the Clintons wouldn’t want them discussing their privates lives with a reporter from one of the most important newspapers in the world.

As publisher of one of the less important newspapers in the world, I obviously don’t understand what makes good copy. There was also a recent story about the alleged trouble in the George and Laura Bush marriage, but that appeared on the cover of a so-called “supermarket tabloid.”

Local shoppers know that the Observer is also a tabloid size newspaper sold in a couple of area supermarkets, so I guess I should come clean and offer something about the Green-Leddy marriage. I can’t interview my wife because she’s not home.

We’re suspect right from the start with different last names. I remember Colleen questioning the prospect of the sound of Colleen Green so she decided to stick with Leddy.

That’s not where it ends. Our wedding story never appeared in print. I remember a local business owner questioning me on that matter. I think the entire affair sounded a little too non-traditional for him and he really didn’t think we were married. He probably still doesn’t and I’ll bet he’s secretly fascinated by the Clinton marriage, too.

If the Times were checking out my marriage, the reporter would finally come up with someone who recalls seeing an engagement story in the Observer. That’s right. I remember that clearly because I incorrectly wrote that Colleen was from Bronx, N.Y., instead of the Bronx, N.Y. The little town hick didn’t get that one right, but I quickly learned.

The Times tells us the Clintons are spending about 14 days a month together on the average. Last August was exceptionally good: 24 of 31 days together. That tidbit must be fascinating for all readers—those who think the marriage is a travesty and those who are surprised to learn the couple is actually together that much; those readers who claim to mind their own business and those who know they are busybodies with empty lives and nothing better to do than read statistics about someone else’s marriage.

Perhaps this is only the first of a series of articles in the New York Times and we can soon learn facts of other famous people as the paper moves forward in its effort to  blend with People magazine. 

I keep straying off course because I can’t seem to say enough good things about the NYT’s article. As the editor of a small weekly, I don’t have the resources to dig up all of my statistics, but—this is going to be shocking—I know there were several nights in the past year in which I was the only person in our bed. Yes, Colleen was gone and I was alone. 

Library conferences, trips to Kentucky to pick up a daughter at college. For all I know, she could have been with Bill Clinton. Our worst statistics come from last August when she and the girls took a vacation without me. We probably matched the Clintons at their best that month.

She and I both lead extremely busy lives. I’ll come home from the Observer and she’ll be working late at the library. She’s home early and I leave to take photos of a basketball game. The most Clintonesque times of all are starting soon as the library’s summer reading program gets underway. We will soon be communicating mostly by e-mail and Post-It notes.

A few years ago, Patrick Healy, the author of the NYT’s Clinton article, stated that he chose journalism “for the reward of telling stories about...high-stakes matters of consequence, stories that will have an impact on real people.”

When times are bad, someone recently suggested, it’s less painful to focus on the trivial.

– June 7, 2006

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