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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.

Cook kids went on two wheels at age two 2010.05.19

Written by David Green.

In most households, two-year-olds are known as toddlers. Not at the Cook house. They’re thumb_cook_kids_on_bikes.jpgknown as cyclists in that family.

Wyatt was the first of the Cook kids to ditch his training wheels when he was three years old. Next came Jarett, he learned just three months after his third birthday.

When the twins, Caden and Kenden came along, their mother, Heather, knew she could do better than that.

“We got them bikes for their second birthday July 11 and by the end of August they were riding,” she said.

Riding on two wheels, that is.

Heather says it wasn’t really that hard to teach them, but she isn’t sure whether her kids have a special talent or if most youngster could learn that early.

“All four of them learned by three—what’s the likelihood of that?” she asks.

The boys all learned in the nearby Morenci Elementary School parking lot and they avoided any major injuries.

There were some spills and scrapes, said their father, Jason, but nothing that made them want to give it up.

“They have more injuries now because they’re daredevils,” Heather said, watching their circles in the driveway grow faster and faster.

Their skills continue to improve. When their mother goes off on three-mile walks for exercise, the twins are right there following on two wheels.

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