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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.

General Broach granted tax break 11.14

Written by David Green.

There’s no end in sight for General Broach Company’s growth due to the firm’s affiliation with aeronautics. A standard 12-year tax abatement granted Monday by the Morenci city council will help the company’s expansion continue.

“We feel very fortunate,” said plant manager Larry Stover. “We’ve added 17 new jobs in 2007.”

Stover said the company has solid contracts with some U.S. firms and inquiries are coming in from overseas companies.

“We see the need for more equipment and more people to make that happen,” he said.

In response from an audience question, council member Keith Pennington explained that the exemption reduces the company’s taxes on the new equipment specified by 50 percent.

The purchase still represents an increase in tax revenue for the city, but it also benefits the company in its need to buy new equipment.

“We’re growing so fast we’ve got growing pangs,” said Mark Miller of General Broach.

Aviation is now the bulk of the company’s business, he said, taking over from automotive.

Stover said the company is currently operating between 20 and 22 hours a day, depending on the work done, and he wants to go to a full 24 hours with a third shift to meet demands.

He expects to add five new jobs by the end of the year. The tax abatement application calls for an increase of 10 jobs related to the new equipment, but Miller believes that figure is on the low side.

The abatement is for new and used equipment valued at $1.76 million. The existing workforce stands at 74 people, with an annual payroll of $2.7 million.

Councilors approved the abatement by a 6-0 vote, with Jason Bryant absent.

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