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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.

Jeremy Keene: Pigskin prognosticator 2012.01.11

Written by David Green.

jeremy.keenejBy DAVID GREEN

Sometimes it pays to be a football fanatic. Just ask Jeremy Keene.

The Morenci pigskin prognosticator entered the Hard Core Football Challenge sponsored by Fox 36 television in Toledo.  When the regular NFL season ended, Jeremy was the champion and the owner of a new iPad.

His success came as quite a shock because he never thought much about how he was doing in the contest—until the very end.

Each week contestants would send in their predictions about which team would win every NFL game played. Weekly winners were determined and Jeremy was never one of them.

“I would check my weekly score,” he said, “but I never checked my overall average.”

He finally logged in during the final week of the contest.

“My son was standing over my shoulder and he said, ‘Dad, you’re the leader!”

Even in the final week Jeremy fell one game short of a perfect mark. He correctly predicted 14 of the winners, but someone else among the 601 entrants got all 15.

He did have an impressive guess for the tie-breaker. Each week participants had to send in their guess about the score of one game to break a tie should more than one player come up with the same number of winners.

Jeremy said Arizona would top Seattle 21-20. In actuality, they won 23-20.

He picked up his prize at the TV station last week and was interviewed during a sports show.

The host was surprised to learn that Jeremy won the big prize without ever coming out on top as a weekly winner. It turns out he was close enough each week to keep his overall standing among the best.

Following football is nothing new for Jeremy.

“I’ve always been a big football fan,” he said, “but I only care about the NFL. And I really only care about the Lions.”

His love for the Lions cost him a few games.

“I went with the Lions all year and I missed a few,” he admitted, including his bid for a perfect week in the final game.

“When they started out 5-0, I thought, wow, they haven’t done this since before I was born.”

They let him down a few times, but in the end it didn’t matter. Now he has an iPad to follow his team and of course there’s an app for that.

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