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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.

Fayette home tour #4: Figgins house

Written by David Green.

tour.figginsWhat a great place to grow up. The park was across one street, the library across the other, the school was just up the hill, and the basement was big enough for bicycle riding.

Bev Figgins has lots of memories from growing up in the brick ranch house on Allen Street with her brother, Mike, and sisters Barb and Cindy.

Her parents, Edward and Grace, had the house built after they saw the design in the Toledo Blade’s “House of the Week” feature in 1970. The Figgins ordered the floor plans and hired Curtis Keefer to build the four-bedroom house. In 1971, the Figgins clan moved in.

“Our family home was the host for gatherings for my dad’s brothers and sisters for the annual Memorial Day picnic, Thanksgiving and Christmas,” Mike said.

There’s a good size back yard, Bev said, but the family gatherings were always in front.

“We would set up things in the garage and have tables in the driveway,” she said.

Entertainment was always close by. They caught glimpses of the Memorial Day Marathon softball tournament from the front porch and walked over for a close-up now and then.

For many years the annual fireworks display was set off in the park and once again, the Figgins had front-row seats.

The house has remained vacant since Ed died nearly two years ago and home tour visitors will see furnishing in just two rooms, for the most part. This gives prospective buyers an idea of how the house could appear.

There are also plenty of holiday decorations in place for the tour, including a Christmas tree with a fishing theme and another decorated in a Victorian style. There’s also a toy train room and the kitchen is decorated with snowmen.

All four of the Figgins “kids” got together to decorate, along with Mike’s wife, Daun.

“Mom was always a big decorator,” Bev said.

And about the bicycles in the basement?

The house has a full basement and when cold weather arrived, Bev and Barb would take their bikes down the stairs and do laps in the basement.

What a great place to grow up.

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