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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.

Art show to feature graduates' works 2012.04.18

Written by David Green.

F.art showDon Glasgow recalls the day he heard a Fayette graduate talking about art class years ago with his teacher, Mr. Spiess. He also mentioned that he still dabbles in art projects.

That got Don to thinking: There must be other former students of Tom Spiess who are still involved in art. He thought that might make for an interesting art show.

“I had this idea and they did all the work,” he said, referring to his daughter, Rebecca Lovelass, and Debbie Storrs.

The two women organized a show called “Then and Now” highlighting the works of Fayette graduates. Some of the work displayed is labeled “Then” and shows projects from a student’s school days. Others are “Now” and show more contemporary work.

A few former students are working in the field of art, Spiess said— Jim Booth, Rachel Gomez and Kevin Long are three who came to mind—while others are involved just for the fun of it.

“The show includes a mix of what was done in school and what they’re doing now, or did in college,” Lovelass explained. “We want to honor Tom’s time as an art teacher and to get a conversation going about former students that they remember.”

Several people who visited the show last weekend spent a lot of time perusing a collection of Art Club photographs from old school yearbooks.

Participants in the show include Jessica (Lumbrezer) Pierce, Sybil (Stamm) Richardson, John Marlatt, Sarah (Marlatt) Petrie, Rachel (Marlatt) Donner, Debbie (Keefer) Storrs, Jim Storrs, Peggy (McKinney) Brubaker, Nancy (Schaffner) Lavinder, Kevin Long and Robert Brubaker. Additional entries are expected to arrive.

The gallery at the Opera House will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday and again the following weekend during the FARMette event April 28 and the Glasgow Reed Organ presentation April 29.

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