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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.

2011.06.02 Jason Ferguson: Hard work makes cemetery beautiful

Written by David Green.

The cemetery’s appearance on Memorial Day is a culmination of much hard work, and the cooperation and dedication of many individuals every year. This year proves no different, and I have many people to thank.

First, my appreciation to the voters and taxpayers of the village and township, who renewed our levy again this year, who supply us with the resources necessary to sustain our level of service; to the cemetery staff, who respectfully maintain the grounds on a daily basis; to the Legion members who create the amazing view by decorating the veteran graves with flags; to Ruth Marlatt and her donation of plaques honoring Civil War veterans; to our local 4-H groups and advisors who help put the finishing touches on the grounds Friday by cleaning stones and sweeping grass; and also to the many people in the community who came out on their own will Sunday night and helped cut and pick up the numerous fallen branches following the storm.

One other thing to mention is the demolition last summer of the old maintenance building. Several individuals donated their time and equipment, especially Dick Martin, Bill McKinney and Trevor Hibbard. It was pleasing to not see that deteriorating building in the background of the services Monday.

Fayette is blessed with a beautiful cemetery, and I am proud to be among so many people who graciously help preserve its splendor.

– Jason Ferguson, Sexton

Pleasant View Union Cemetery

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