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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.

Fear in the night: People are buying guns for protection 2010.11.24

Written by David Green.

Following the recent break-in, robbery and assault at a Lime Creek Highway residence, many people in the area are on edge and worried, and for good reason. The thought of being roused from sleep by the sound of a gunshot, breaking glass and a door being kicked in is enough to cause anyone concern.

People are talking about watch dogs and alarm systems, and some are choosing to fight fire with fire. Buy a gun, keep it loaded, and place it right next to the bed.

Is that last choice a good one for you?

Conversations about the issue—including a talk with a law enforcement officer and another with gun owner—point to a shared conclusion: Buying a gun for protection isn’t the best option for many people.

It’s not an opposition to the private ownership of a gun. Americans have the right to buy weapons and protect themselves. No one is challenging that. It’s the last part, about defending yourself, that can prove troublesome.

In a gunfight, someone is going to get hurt, to say the least, and it might not be the bad guy. It might even be both people holding weapons, or, if the exchange takes place in your bedroom, the victim might be the spouse next to you in bed. We’ve been told that a person skilled with a knife can attack before a homeowner reaches for his pistol on the bedside table.

Are you really prepared to use the weapon you’re holding? You better be if the invader also has a weapon. Will you be thinking clearly enough to use the gun correctly and to shoot accurately? Are you trained in the use of a gun in a home invasion situation? It’s a much different state of affairs than target practice. Are you certain it’s a thief that you’re about to put a bullet in?

We know these questions don’t apply to everyone, but for many of us, sleeping with a loaded gun is not the best solution to night-time concerns. Perhaps it’s a good alarm system that would offer more peace of mind.

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