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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.

Sour Slam to play at festival 2011.09.08

Written by David Green.

band.sour_slamWho knows how long Rick Bailey and Randy Sentle have been playing rock and roll together?

“I was probably 18 and he was 16,” Rick said. “We go way back.”

The pair of Fayette musicians are together again with a band named Sour Slam—one of three bands featured Sept. 17 at this year’s Music Fest in Fayette.

The band formed about a year ago when Rick returned from Florida. He played in bands while he was in the south, and some of the current members of Sour Slam played together in northwest Ohio during his absence.

Rick plays drums with the band and Randy takes rhythm and lead guitar. Another Fayette resident, Matt Carnicom, is the group’s vocalist. Dave Perez of Stryker handles the bass and Dan from Archbold has the lead guitar.

Rick said the classic rock band has played most every weekend over the summer, including at Melody’s, Anchor Bay, Waldron, Stryker and Defiance.

The group has proven popular, Rick said.

“Every time we play, they usually have us back the next month. I’d play every day if I could.”

This year’s event will be moved from Fayette’s running track north to the ball diamond. It was also scheduled a little later in the year.

That way, said Dale Bates of Fayette’s Sons of the American Legion, softball games are over and the field lights can be used. In the past, lights had to be rented at the track.

The Sons group has joined with the Fayette Park Board to help organize the event.

The stage will likely be positioned between home plate and the pitching mound and audience members will sit in the outfield.

The Friends for the Fields will sponsor a chicken barbecue and the Legion Ladies Auxiliary is selling tacos. The Sons and the Park Board will offer roast pork, bratwurst, hamburgers and hot dogs. Beer and soft drinks will also be available.

Corn hole boards are being collected for additional entertainment while the bands play.

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