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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.

Readers still discussing old Fayette policeman photo 4.2

Written by David Green.

Last week we published this photo, challenging readers to figure out the identity of the police officer shown at Main and Fayette streets.

Jean Pfund called Wednesday morning to tell us the photograph was pre-1949, based on the automobiles shown. She agreed that the man in the picture didn’t have the right physique for Red Walker, but she couldn’t remember who served before him.

Dave Metcalf called and wondered if it might be his father, Curtis.

That guess got a second from Wanda Bacon. She and her husband, John, think it’s Curtis.

Esther Evanson and Katherine Smith think Ivan Ford was the village police officer before Red Walker, but Gene Beaverson and Dee Potter think he served after Red. Memories bfay.policeman.jpgecome hazy over the years.

Judy Rupp called to suggest that it might be Merrit Smith. Merrit Smith? No, he was never a cop in Fayette, or so Mick Schaffner claims. Mick’s vote goes with Curtis Metcalf.

Then came the call from the former Betty Walker who was once married to Orland “Bud” Walker, the son of Red. She and her daughter immediately recognized the man as Red Walker, no question about it. He was six-foot tall, she noted, so the physique matches.

Gene Beaverson notes that the little police stand that was erected on the corner doesn’t appear in the photo and he figures that must have come later.

Several people pointed out our error in calling Fayette’s main north and south street Gorham. It’s Fayette Street, of course.

The first person to respond to the photo question was Warren Esterline in California. He reads his Observer via the internet before it’s even off the press.

Warren wasn’t sure who the officer was, but he did comment on the “busy” appearance of the empty intersection. He also said that in three weeks when the paper finally arrives at the Florida home of his brother, Rod, we’ll probably have the answer to the question.

“I’m told he regularly tested the capabilities of the Fayette law enforcement team in the late 1940s, so he should be able to provide an identification, albeit from the perspective of looking over his shoulder at a dead run.”

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