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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.

2009.02.18 Troy Shoemaker: Upside down flag

Written by David Green.

I am not only disgruntled but very disturbed to hear that anyone would fly our American flag upside down or that anyone would agree it was the right thing to do. I am and have been receiving emails daily on this topic since it has came up half a world away.

My first question to you is to ask if you have served and or know someone close to you who has? Perhaps you need a history lesson. According to the U.S Code the American Flag is only to be flown upside down only in a time of distress. It has nothing to do with personal distress or opinion. This to me sounds personal or some kind of bitterness.

You do have the right, it is a free country, but there are other options and ways to go about it rather than disgracing something that a lot of people hold close to them. Don’t act shocked or amazed that it would cause such an uproar in a small town like Fayette. Just because your stocks are falling or because you’re stuck in Fayette because you cannot sell your house or because your personal finances are in distress gives you no reason to fly the American flag upside down.

If you feel that you are in fact in distress then I invite you to join me in Afghanistan where I and thousands of other soldiers know the real meaning of distress. And you may ask, “Do we fly our flag upside down?” “Absolutely not” is the answer.

You may ask me if I agree or like the direction our country is heading and the answer is “absolutely not.” But I am not going to act in a biased or disgraceful manner. I am not only ashamed but embarrassed with our mayor. You are supposed to be a role model and a positive figurehead.

I have seen more than my share of American flag draped coffins leave these places of the world. The flag has so much more meaning to it and unless you yourself have served, you may not understand even though a lot who have not served do. I encourage you to ask any vet of any era, or even an average positive patriotic person and I am sure they will give you a quick class on it.

I wish you could personally see the faces and looks I get when I talk about it to other soldiers or personnel over here with me. From officers, to enlisted, and civilians as well.

Thank you to my family and friends as well as the people in the area who support us through thick and thin. It means a lot. We appreciate you for appreciating us and what we do and stand for. My 15-month tour in Afghanistan is coming to an end very soon. I am looking forward to coming home to Fayette for good this spring.

– Troy Shoemaker

U.S Army/Resident of Fayette

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