Waldron elects new village leaders 9.26

Written by David Green.

Waldron has a new village president, new clerk and a new trustee following elections Sept. 11.

Richard Buck defeated John Tanner 79-27 for village president and Ruth Hotchkiss was chosen as clerk, running unopposed and garnering 92 votes.

Christine Douglas was given another term as village treasurer, defeating challenger Donald Achenbach 71-36.

Six trustees were chosen, including three incumbents. New trustee Shaun Barnhart was given 82 votes and former president Harold Douglas received 91 votes. Jeff Bernath (82 votes), Roy Hall (78) and Rick Bays (76) were returned to office. Brad Fry (79) retained his seat after having been appointed to office.

OFFICER—Meeting a day after the election, trustees discussed a proposal to hire a code enforcement officer to issue citations for violators of local ordinances. Waldron residents Christine Douglas and Sara Mercer, plus Morenci police officer Don Thompson, have applied for the position.


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    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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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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