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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.

2010.02.01. Sally Kruger: More reductions in school revenue?

Written by David Green.

Republican State Senator Jack Brandenburg is proposing a cut in the state sales tax. (http://www.eclectablog.com/2012/01/michigan-republican-has-solution-to.html)

That may sound like a grand idea to those hoping to save a bit on their next major purchase or on tomorrow’s trip to the mall. However, please remember that sales tax is a major source of funding for public schools and helps generate dollars that support local government.

When the shift in funding from property tax to sales tax occurred, the economy was healthy and revenues generated were capable of sustaining communities and schools. As we all know, the economy in Michigan is one of the worst in the country resulting in a huge decrease in local budgets. Public schools and local governments cannot afford any more hits.

In the past year our legislators slashed the funding for education in favor of corporations, and now they want to further decimate this major source of current revenue. Increasing class sizes, cutting programs, and using outdated materials is not the way to provide quality education for our future generations. If we want to educate only the privileged few, then keep it up, Lansing. But if our goal is to provide the best possible education to every student, then public schools need funding.

It’s not just about public schools. I encourage you to have a chat with members of your local government. Our municipalities are suffering, too. Local government officials work tirelessly to make ends meet to provide citizens with police and fire protection, public works and utilities, street maintenance, public libraries, and much more. Cuts in revenue sharing are already a reality and cutting the sales tax is sure to strain local budgets to the breaking point.

Talk of a budget surplus is a joke if those in Lansing see it as simply a way to pass along more to corporations, leaving our local communities and schools to wither away. But hey, those emergency finance managers are out there waiting in the wings to swoop in and rescue us all from government-by-elected-representation!

– Sally Kruger

Gorham Street, Morenci

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