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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.

Fayette students planning dinner theatre 3.26

Written by David Green.

Fayette’s high school drama students are taking on a new endeavor April 4. First, dinner; then the play.

The event is scheduled at the Opera House for about 55 guests.

The dinner theater program kicks off at 6 p.m. April 4 with dinner and musical entertainment provided by the Musical Theater class and a few school choir members.

After the meal, guests will head upstairs for the presentation of a one-act play called “Cards, Cups and a Crystal Ball.”

The play is about three fortune-telling sisters who go from frauds to fame after meeting a mysterious woman who needs to know the future right away.

Due to space limitations in the Opera House for the dinner, seating is limited. Tickets will be on sale through Friday. The cost is $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and students.

Fayette music teacher Kelly Barkhimer is curious to see how ticket sales go for this first try at dinner theater.

“If we have a full house,” she said, “we will be looking forward to doing two or more performances next year.”

Mrs. Barkhimer was a performer at the Opera House when her college singing group made a visit a few years ago, and now she’s interested in getting Fayette students on the stage more often. She recently met with members of the Fayette Arts Council.

“We would like students to get more involved in the Fayette Opera House,” she said. “We feel it’s a special part of the community and its history.”

She was surprised to learn that some of her elementary school children aren’t aware of the showplace and have never been inside.

She thinks one good way to get students involved with the facility is to have them serve as ushers at Opera House events.

She’s looking forward to scheduling more school events in the venue next year.

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