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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.

2012.01.25 Sybil Diccion: Support for Rex Theatre

Written by David Green.

I’m not really a movie buff (I never watch them at home) but for the sake of patronizing our iconic Rex Theater, I do try to go every week if it is a movie in which I’m interested. The owners of the Rex are desperately trying to keep it open for the enjoyment of our community but it is difficult when on a given show night, only a handful of people attend. This isn’t to say that everyone should feel obliged to go to the movies; I’m just suggesting that rather than go out of town to see the same show you’d see in Wauseon, Adrian or Toledo, to try it out here. 

I know there are other reasons to frequent the more upscale theaters; the lighting and sound are better, the screen is larger and just the all-around ambience is more accommodating. I get that. But in this instance, Mike and Carolin Gregerson drive all the way down from Manchester and back, two nights a week, just to allow this theater to remain open. I fear  this won’t be the case much longer if attendance doesn’t pick up.

On the nights I don’t care for a particular showing, I will often run in and buy a jumbo popcorn and drink. I realize that I’m privileged to have the money to be able to do that, but the only reason I mention it is that I doubt anyone would think of just purchasing the popcorn and drink without buying admission to the movie. It can be done.

I realize I am often identified by going on what some characterize as goofy crusades. I doubt that this concern qualifies as a crusade and if truth be known, maybe the Rex should close. But I would be saddened to see that happen. As it is, so much local history and old buildings are being dismantled and thrown on a junk heap throughout small-town America. I’d like to see this one kept around a bit longer.

– Sybil Diccion

Main Street, Morenci

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