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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.

2013.03.20 Jeanne Hinkley: Disappointed with lack of coverage

Written by David Green.

I was so disheartened by your recent article on the State Powerlifting competition. My son Christopher took first place but was barely mentioned at the end of the article and not even highlighted like all the other lifters who didn't even place. Angrily I called your office looking for answers, where I was told it was because Chris went to LCS and your paper didn't cover LCS sports.

It is true that Chris wisely took an opportunity given him to switch to LCS in February of this year; however, he did not lift for LCS, he lifted for Morenci where he has attended school for years now.

This answer seemed so ignorant that I was enraged and then told in an effort to calm me that coach Hoffman had said Chris was no longer on the team. Upon further investigation I found this cop-out to be entirely untrue. I asked at that time how could my son win a medal for a team he was no longer a part of. I was unable to attain any answer to explain this.

It is my opinion that your staff went to great lengths to purposely exclude Chris. Then tried to bail responsibility with pathetically weak excuses in defense. Chris will continue to lift for Morenci Powerlifting throughout his high school career. He will continue to win medals and will be recognized by many. But not apparently by our own local paper for reasons that are beyond my comprehension. I wish you all could see what a blow this was for a 15 year old boy who works so very hard at excellence.

– Jeanne Hinkley

Morenci

 

Editor's note: Coach Dan Hoffman explained to us that Chris registered for the state finals as a Lenawee Christian School student—not as a Morenci student. It would have been illegal for him to represent a school where he is not enrolled. It’s true that the Observer does not cover the activities of LCS students nor do we report on Morenci students who attend other schools in the area. We did, however, mention Chris’s state championship effort.

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