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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.

2008.05.21 Diane Molitierno

Written by David Green.

While I don’t reside within the city limits, I have been a part of this community for my entire life and I care about it as a result. After reading about the last city council meeting, I found myself concerned about how some council members are making decisions and what those decisions are based on, such as the decision to refuse alcohol permits.

Allowing alcohol in the park attracts softball teams and weekend-long tournaments. This brings money into the city, these teams buy gas, food, snacks and more when they come to town. Whether we approve or not, being allowed to have alcohol in the park is a deal-breaker for many teams. Chief Weeks reported no problems with those that gathered in the area that permitted alcohol. Why weren’t these points relevant in the final decision?

I’m not sure what the precise duties of a council member are, but I imagine it has something to do with making decisions that benefit the city. I would guess it would involve looking out for the local economy, city beautification, minimizing crime, maximizing safety, and similar matters. The decision made to ban alcohol from the park appears to be based on personal and religious reasons. I’m fairly certain it is not council’s job to act as the community’s moral compass.

If council wants to ban alcohol from the park, I encourage them to find a legitimate reason. I’m sure there are at least a few that don’t include making absurd assumptions about why people consume alcohol. Why people drink is not the issue. What’s best for the city is, or should be. Allowing alcohol in the park benefits local business and hasn’t caused any problems for our law enforcement. There is a reason that this country recognizes a separation of Church and State and this is an excellent example of the reason. I applaud those council members who could separate the two.

– Diane Molitierno

Morenci Road, Morenci

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