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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.

2010.01.20 Dayna Cordts: Vote for recall

Written by David Green.

I had a chance to read the responses that are being put on the ballots by the Seneca Township clerk and treasurer in reference to their recalls. I am not even going to entertain the lies and misleadings of the truth that they put on there, because everyone knows what lies and misleadings they are. 

What I will entertain is the fact that the responses are making this out to be about a fence and me being angry over a fence. This has nothing to do with me or a fence. The whole fence issue got blown way out of proportion. And I am not angry about a fence.

Members of the township planning commission have since corrected the special use permit and guess what? I don’t have to put up a fence. So let’s not make a recall about a fence. That’s kind of stupid. Let’s keep it for what it is. 

I have led the way for this recall, yes. Myself, along with others, were stunned at how we saw these elected officials conduct themselves at a public meeting, and we were stunned at how they conducted the business regarding a fence issue.

We pay the clerk $700 a month and we pay the treasurer almost $600. I think for that kind of money we are entitled to have elected officials conduct themselves a little better than what was displayed.

I could not do this myself. In a few weeks there were 105 signatures collected for the recall. There are a lot of residents who are not happy with what happened, and they have nothing to do with a fence. And we have the right to say we’re not going to let this happen in our township. That’s what this recall is about.

And just to clear one thing up, it was reported in last week’s paper that the recall petition cited the officials for enforcing a special use permit. They did not enforce a special use permit, they made a complaint at the state level on my license on a special use permit that was incorrectly issued by the clerk. And when they were told it was incorrect by the supervisors of both boards they didn’t show any interest in correcting it and they still voted to make the complaint on the incorrectly issued permit.

– Dayna Cordts

Weston Road

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