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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.

2013.05.15 Fayette mayor addresses issues related to Combined Sewer Separation Project

Written by David Green.

Since the beginning of our Combined Sewer Separation Project, the residents of Fayette have been challenged. While the construction project progresses, it has been an active and turbulent winter and early spring for the residents of Fayette.

Although construction has progressed ahead of schedule, the streets have been a mess, roads have been blocked and with the dry season upon us, dust covers everything. This will continue to be problematic for us all.

These disruptions in our routine coupled with a difficult transition in our tax and utility department have given our residents cause for concern.

You have voiced that concern and I have heard you.

• That stated, our annual Spring Cleaning effort will take place on May 25 from 7 am. The cost per residence is $22.  This needs to be paid in advance at the Village Office. Then ARS will go to your residence on the 25th and pick up what you have.

• Many have received letters telling you what needs to be cleaned up.  Please do what you can to continue to make the best of a difficult situation.

• ARS will accept no yard waste. No hazardous waste as batteries, pesticides or liquid paint. No tires, concrete, burn barrels full of ashes, no appliances with Freon. They must have Freon-free certification. These items are not acceptable at the landfill.

• Old furniture is acceptable as are lawn mowers with no gas or oil.

As always, I thank those of you who have exhibited patience with us, and for those who had hoped for better, I will try harder to keep you informed.

We knew the CSO Project would offer challenges, but even I am at times taken aback by the scope of the project.

Try to keep in mind that next spring, when the construction has ended, the roads have been resurfaced and the grass is reseeded our community will be in a better position than it was before.  And, once again, thank you for your patience.

 – Ruth B. Marlatt, Mayor of Fayette

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