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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.

2010.07.14 Tom Molitierno: More emphasis needed on street repair

Written by David Green.

Regarding a recent Observer article about tree removal in Fayette, I do agree some trees need to come down immediately. I also agree, since the sidewalk issue was not very well orchestrated, some roots need ground off so citizens can finish the sidewalks. My “no” vote was in regards to taking money from the already underfunded street fund to cover tree removal which the village knew was an issue several years ago.  Proper planning goes a long ways.  If we would have removed several of these bad trees per year, we could have had them all removed without depleting any fund.

I asked council to look at removing the worst trees this year and in subsequent years remove more so we did not short this fund. They voted to remove them all at one time and deplete the already meager fund. 

Now we will have to underfund the street department for the next eight years to pay this off. This on a project that did not make the top five most important list as streets did.

We need to be responsible and have better foresight with issues and with money.  When money gets this tight, we need to prioritize. We have over $4 million worth of streets in Fayette, second only in sewer lines in cost, yet we skip maintaining them. Not spending a little now to spend a lot later will get a “no” vote from me every time.

- Tom Molitierno, council member

 Main Street, Fayette

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