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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.

2012.06.27 Keith Pennington: Mayor trash talks

Written by David Green.

This Saturday, June 30th, following the parade, I will be assisting the cheerleaders in a fund-raising event at the Town & Country festival. I will be perilously perched above the dunk tank.

I’ve been involved in city government for about 15 years. That’s a long time to make the wrong decisions, offend and generally tick people off. I would like to invite anyone with a long memory to come to the park and show me what you really think of me. With only a small donation per throw, you can relieve yourselves of that frustration and anger, probably much cheaper than a session on a couch.

If your memory is fading, please let me remind you. I voted against the latest fire truck. Firefighters, you’re going to be at the parade anyway, so why not come up and take a few pitches? We temporarily cut some funding for the library a few years ago. Colleen, as Director of the Library I believe the library board considers it your duty to warm up your arm.

Are there any landlords out there that hate the rental inspection program? How about everyone that was inconvenienced during the reconstruction of Main Street or more recently the reconstruction of the south city parking lots? Did the City ever make you mow your yard or shovel your walk? Here’s your chance.

Is your property taxable value too high or your city services too low? Are you a former councilman or current city employee? You could have cause to come and throw a couple strikes. I know me pretty well.  

Beer drinkers… Yikes!  There could be quite a line-up. Come early and stay late.  The cheerleaders could use your help and your money. I’ll be there as long as the pitches keep coming. 

– Mayor Keith Pennington

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