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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.

"Out of the Box" art show at Stair Public Library 10.3

Written by David Green.

Some art students draw pretty things. Others create...something else.

And what exactly is that? Well, it’s different, says Morenci senior Brittani Wilson.

“It’s not the style that most people do,” she said, trying to describe the work that four students are showing in the Stair Public Library Annex.

The four are calling the show “Out of the Box.”

Don’t expect cheery flowers and trees. You’re more likely to find faces—either in a cartoony animine style or something bordering on the grotesque.

Their collection on display ranges from pen and ink to felt marker and collage.

Most of the work stems from regular class projects, said high school art teacher Kym Ries, but with a different twist.

That’s because the four girls tend to approach assignments with a different perspective.

“If there was a boring assignment,” Wilson said, “we would find a way to make it interesting.”

The themes they choose arise from their experiences, explained Karley Schmidt, a junior.

Ideas sometimes come from a television show or a movie, added junior Paige Ramsey, pointing out a drawing by Schmidt that came to her after watching “Casanova.”

Wilson reels off the names of half a dozen movies that she incorporated into one drawing.

A lot of ideas spring from random thoughts, she said.

“Whatever pops out,” Wilson added.

Schmidt said that some kids in class approach assignments with a different frame of mind.

“They don’t express what’s inside,” she said.

Mrs. Ries often views the group as walking art. Schmidt’s black lace dress, for example, isn’t a style shared by many of her classmates.

“You really live the art,” Mrs. Ries tells the group while working on the library display.

“It’s different from accepted standards,” Wilson said—a statement that covers both their art and their lifestyle.

“Once we know the rules, we break them,” Schmidt adds.

• The works of Paige Ramsey, Brittani Wilson, Karley Schmidt and Savannah Raus-Wuth will appear in the Stair Public Library Annex throughout October. A reception is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15.

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