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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.

Calvin Teal to create book about Route 120 2012.03.14

Written by David Green.

route 120.Hotel Beatty.LyonsBy DAVID GREEN

A lot of history exists along the road between Berkey, Ohio, and Munson, Mich. Calvin Teal aims to track down those stories from the past to create his second local history book, this time about State Route 120.

Teal published his book about U.S. 20 last year and was ready to take a break. He started the U.S. 20 book when he was laid off from work, but he was back on the job before he wrapped up the project. That’s when he really realized all the work still needed to get it done.

“Once the pressure was off from the U.S. 20 book, I wasn’t ready to jump right back in,” Teal said.

But the lure of local history—along with the continuing decline in the population of those with the memories—has spurred him back into action. Well, he’s almost back into action.

poute 120.seward storeHe’s looking over his photographs, he’s thinking about contacts, and he’s waiting for the impetus to push him into action.

“I just need to get jump-started,” Teal said recently. “I still don’t know if it will materialize, but if you get enough calls and materials.…”

That’s how the U.S. 20 book went. It was slow going at times, but once people got to know him and were convinced of his sincerity in preserving local history, the photographs were loaned and the stories began to flow.

“I really appreciate all the help I got with the first book,” Teal said.

He still worries that he probably left some names out of the acknowledgments and he vows to do a better job of keeping track the next time around.

From Berkey to Metamora to Champion. Champion? That’s something to look into. Teal suspects it might have been little more than a railroad stop.

On to Whiteville, Seward, Lyons and Denson. Teal has been told there was once a depot and store in Denson, but that’s all he knows.

“I haven’t obtained much information on Denson,” he said. “I keep hitting dead ends.”

Next comes Morenci, then a jump on to Munson, with the Eagle House lodge in between.

Teal knows there’s not a lot of time to waste.

“If I don’t start something soon,” he said, “the people who care are going to be gone.”

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