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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.

2011.09.21 Used cars out there, odd résumés and all

Written by David Green.

By RICH FOLEY

I’m sure you’ve seen the news reports about the rising prices of used vehicles. For several reasons, the supply of good used cars isn’t as big as it used to be, while growing demand for certain types of vehicles has forced prices to higher levels.

In some cases, you might as well buy a new vehicle if you can afford it as the price for a new one often isn’t much more than a pre-owned model. The down side is you’ll miss out on the odd seller claims and backstories that come with some vehicles. If anything, the advertisements I’ve seen lately seem to be getting even stranger.

For instance, people hardly use the cliché about the car being owned by a little old lady who only drove it to church anymore. Instead, I have an ad for a 1979 Lincoln Continental that the previous owner “used for shopping and her Thursday bridge game.”

Or this 1968 Buick convertible: “Mom’s car, she drove to store/golf course until her death in 1993.” I’m not sure if this 1965 Jeep Wagoneer was owned by a man or woman, but I love the explanation for it only showing 65,000 miles: “Used only 5-6 times a year to tow jet skis and Sea-Doos.” Whether it was Grandpa’s or Grandma’s old Jeep, at least they had fun with it.

There is such a thing as making an ad too boring, such as this one for a 1965 Volkswagen Beetle, which was “owned by one family for several years.” That’s it? That’s the best thing you can say about it? And you still want $7,450?

Even worse, though, is making a statement too strange to be true. Like, say, the ad for a 1969 Chevy pickup which claims “Hop in and it will bring you back to Woodstock.” Really? I don’t think a 1969 Chevy pickup would remind me of Woodstock even if there was a Country Joe and the Fish 8-track playing in the stereo.

The supply of vehicles with “celebrity” backgrounds seems to be growing. Is anyone interested is a 1981 Zimmer “owned and driven by Liberace and on display in the Imperial Palace for years”? It even includes “Liberace signatures and memorabilia.” Only $42,900 and it’s yours.

Or if that’s too pricey, but you still want a vehicle with Las Vegas glamour, how about a “1981 Lincoln Limo, previously owned by Wayne Newton”? Only 37,000 miles, immaculate condition, and, compared to Liberace’s car, a reasonable $9,500. Start writing that check.

Not exotic enough for you? Any interest in a 1947 Rolls Royce that is said to have belonged to Yugoslavian King Peter II while he lived in exile in London? Supposedly beautiful, definitely $24,500.

Are you a movie fan? There’s even a good selection of vehicles with Hollywood connections. For instance, a 1975 Cadillac Eldorado that “has been in two movies and a Shredded Wheat commercial” is available for $29,000. Apparently, the movies weren’t good enough to mention by name. Someone else has a 1954 Chevy Bel Air used in “The Brinks Job,” with no price listed. A 1936 Auburn replica driven by Madonna in “Dick Tracy” is available for $79,995.

Want a really odd movie collectable? Someone is selling a 1941 GMC 2 and 1/2 ton 6x6 truck used in “Band of Brothers” for $25,000. It’s big enough for the whole family, as long as they don’t mind riding in the back of an open truck.

On a tight budget? A 1970 Chevy Nova that “was featured in one of Oprah’s movies which aired in 2001” is a mere $5,577. Heck, Oprah probably makes that much in an average hour.

The last one in this group is my favorite. Someone is selling a 1970 Dodge Challenger whose credits include being driven in “The Bucket List” by Jack Nicholson and the television series “NCIS” by Mark Harmon. I never saw the movie, but I see an identical car in the NCIS opening credits every week. What’s more, it’s just $26,500, a good price for a Challenger with no history at all. Out of all these celebrity and movie vehicles, it most deserves consideration.

But the most creative ad I’ve seen lately isn’t any of the aforementioned. It’s for a 1975 Pontiac Trans Am and says, “watch that shaker hood twist from all the torque when you punch the gas and you’ll know this is a fire-breathing piece of American history.” I have to say that whoever came up with that line is wasting their talent just doing car ads. Someone having that much imagination should be writing for the movies. Has there ever been a movie about car ads?

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