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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.

A pair of Fayette fund raisers 2.13

Written by David Green.

PTO: Fayette’s PTO group aims to fill the gaping hole in front of the new school. The framework is in place, but the digital sign that will announce school events has yet to be purchased.

Fund raising for the sign continues in the current school year with the group’s biggest project—the annual pancake and sausage supper and raffle.

This year’s event is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday in the south gymnasium at the high school. As always, children of age preschool and under are admitted free.

If there’s one thing the PTO raffle is famous for, it’s the quality of the prizes. This year’s drawing will feature a Dell laptop computer, a Wii game system and an Apple iPod Nano.

Tickets will continue to be on sale at the dinner, up until the drawing time around 7 p.m.

Although the PTO is currently focussed on the dinner and raffle, the group has addressed other issues in recent months.

LEGION: A few veteran members of Fayette’s American Legion Post aren’t able to easily get inside the building due to the exterior steps.

That problem will be a thing of the past some day after members complete a project to make the facility handicapped accessible.

But the first order of business is fund-raising and that effort starts Friday with a series of six fish dinners. Serving is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

“We have elderly veterans who can’t come in anymore,” said commander Victor Molina.

With the help of Fayette’s newly-chartered Sons of the American Legion group, Molina said there’s plenty of help available to see the project through.

The new Sons group, under the direction of Jake Leininger, has 40 members signed up.

“There are a lot of young guys who are really active,” Molina said. “The Sons give us a lot of exposure.”

Membership is open to sons and grandsons of qualifying veterans.

Plans call for construction of a ramp on the north side of the building that will end at an existing elevated doorway. Interior changes include closing off the kitchen to prevent the need for guests to pass through the kitchen on the way to the rest rooms.

 

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