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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.

2009.09.10 Jason Ferguson: Pool fence law is good common sense

Written by David Green.

If it isn’t broke, don’t “fix it”…or “get rid of it” in this case. I’m seriously perplexed as to the reason our council officials want to so carelessly toss a pool fence ordinance that has served our community for years.

One apparent reason for voiding the ordinance is “if we’re not going to enforce it, we don’t need it.” In other words, to alleviate our enforcement and our responsibility, let’s just null it altogether.  Why isn’t the village enforcing its law?

Liability aside (I know that is hard to do these days), this decision should be centered on the safety of our community’s children. It’s my belief that the council of the past that created this ordinance prioritized safety as the means for its adoption.

 Council has concluded that no liability for incidents will lie with the village, whether or not this ordinance exists. But the village isn’t being asked to assume responsibility for accidents. Rather, they are expected to enforce the pool fence ordinance that is intended to protect the pool owner and other outside parties.

I agree with the notion that if someone is determined enough to get in, they’ll find a way. A fence is not 100 percent trespass- preventable. But it must be acknowledged that a fence certainly serves as a deterrent, and is a risky obstacle that poses repercussions if crossed.

As a few council members take it upon themselves to pass judgment on parents, my wife and I (new parents ourselves) understand that while precautions can be made on our end, accidents can still happen.

This ordinance is not infringing on personal rights. I’m a proponent of limited government, but this law that “governs our lives” is just a matter of common sense—for safety and liability sakes.

This debate should serve the community as an eye-opener if nothing else. It gives the public an opportunity to effectively evaluate our current village representatives and what they stand for. With an election in our midst, make yourself an educated voter, so that we in turn elect a level-headed and representative council, whose agendas are solely based on the betterment of Fayette and the general welfare of its citizens.

– Jason Ferguson

Main St., Fayette

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