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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.

2007.10.31 Leon Shulters

Written by David Green.

To George W. Bush Commander in Chief of the United States of America and  his Republican followers:

I, George W. Bush, Commander in Chief, I make all the decisions and take full responsibility of action taken by the United States.

And to think that this war George W. Bush dreamed up is going into the fifth year.

Some of our bright media brags how well our forces are doing in Iraq.

If people would realize the Iraqis had nothing to fight with. United States went into Iraq with heavy artillery, tanks, armored vehicles and aircraft.

I get a kick out of the news media, Paul Harvey and Jack Kelly. Paul Harvey made the statement on radio 10/3/07 we are not using many planes in Iraq like they did in World War II. How ignorant can you get?

World War II we were fighting all over the world, and for a real good reason.

Some of Jack Kelly’s statements are disgusting. He is a Bush follower to the core.

I notice TV Republican senators cry you’re running down our troops if you say anything against the war in Iraq. These same senators are in office today, they are helping Bush run the country deeper and deeper in debt.

Baghdad was a beautiful city until we began bombing it. We caused the deaths of many of Iraq’s citizens and American military personnel. And it does not seem to be ending.

It has been a poor run war. Our enlisted personnel have to follow orders from the officers in charge. If they don’t follow orders they are in deep trouble. I am for our troops, but not for the Bush administration. The Republicans have used all kinds of lies that don’t hold the truth. It is a real mess.

Hiring caterers to supply food to our military personnel. Hiring outside help to protect our visiting official personnel in Iraq. Costs billions of dollars.

If we don’t have enough military personnel to perform these duties, we should stay to home and keep our nose out of other nations’ problems.

– Leon Shulters

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