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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.

Planning Group: It's good to have it back 2013.04.17

Written by David Green.

The third Monday of the month always used to mean one thing in the compilation of meetings listed below on this page: the Morenci Planning Commission.

Then came a break of more than two years when the group became inactive. That changed this week when the seven-member board met for an organizational meeting, then dug right into some local issues.

It’s good to have the planning commission back in service because the group can serve an important function for the community. 

In the past Morenci’s planners created the ordinance for the creation of the industrial park. They looked at what should be in place for subdivision regulations.

They’ve considered on-street parking of semi trucks, the maximum size allowed for residential garages, and they put into writing requirements for the new Dollar General Store before construction got underway.

Commissioners have looked at sidewalk repair and installation issues, they addressed concerns expressed about home daycare centers, they weighed the concerns expressed by residents about a new apartment complex and gave consideration for a request to open a hair salon in a residential area. The list goes on and on.  

Someone wanting to start a new business or activity may look on the planning commission as meddlers who are getting in the way of progress. Citizens of the city should view the group as a body concerned about the future well-being of the community. They will weigh the pros and cons of the situation. With their varied backgrounds, they’ll think about an issue and try to consider all the implications.

The current board that met for the first time this week looks like a good one and we’re sure members will come through with a thorough but fair review of issues and proposals. Welcome back.

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