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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.

Bike no riding signs on order 10.24

Written by David Green.

New signs are on the way to remind bicycle riders about riding on downtown sidewalks.

At Monday’s city council meeting, audience member Matt Woznicki told councilors that signs need to erected indicating that bicycle riding on downtown sidewalks is prohibited.

“To be fair to children, it should be marked at every location,” he said.

“Half of the kids don’t know where they aren’t supposed to ride,” added his wife, Jean.

City superintendent Lonnie Vanderpool said that state highway workers removed several signs during the Main Street paving project and new signs should arrive by next week.

Council was asked if police would still be issuing tickets or only giving warnings.

“There’s no obligation to warn,” council member Keith Pennington said. “It’s a courtesy.”

The ordinance applies to riders of all ages, he said, but police officers have the discretion whether or not to issue a ticket. For example, an officer would have the option of deciding whether or not it was appropriate to issue a citation to a four-year-old.

Morenci mayor Russ Sutherland commended police officer Frank Cordts’ action in ticketing one rider and rescinding the tickets of four others.

Council member Peggy Decker—in her final meeting after eight years of service on council—said she called the police about the five bicyclists who were ticketed. Some members of the group were doing tricks in Main Street and disrupting traffic.

“I don’t want my kids to think that’s all right,” she said.

Bike riding on the sidewalk is prohibited downtown along Main Street from Summit Street west to the start of Wakefield Park and along North Street from Locust to Main.

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