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    FIRST SNOW—Heavy, wet flakes piled deep on tree branches—and windshields—as the area received its first significant snowfall of the season. “Usually it begins with a dusting or two,” said George Isobar, Morenci’s observer for the National Weather Service, “but this time it came with a vengeance.” By the end of the day Saturday, a little over four inches of snow was on the ground. Now comes the thaw with temperatures in the 40s and 50s for three days.
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    SKEWERS, gumdrops, and marshmallows are all that’s needed to create interesting shapes and designs for Layla McDowell Saturday at Stair District Library’s “Sculptamania!” Open House. The program featuring design games and materials is one part of a larger project funded by a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from Disney and the American Library Association. Additional photos are on page 7.
    Morenci marching band members took to the field Friday night dressed for Halloween during the Bulldog’s first playoff game. Morenci fans had a bit of a scare until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs scored 30 points to leave Lenawee Christian School behind. Whiteford visits Morenci this Friday for the district championship game. From the left is Clayton Borton, Morgan Merillat and James O’Brien.
    DNA PUZZLE—Mitchell Storrs and Wyatt Mohr tackle a puzzle representing the structure of DNA. There’s only one correct way for all the pieces to fit. It’s one of the new materials that can be used in both biology and chemistry classes, said teacher Loretta Cox.
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    A TRAFFIC control worker stands in the middle of Morenci’s Main Street Tuesday morning, waiting for the next flow of vehicles to be let through from the west. The dusty gravel surface was sealed with a layer of tar, leaving only the application of paint for new striping. The project was completed in conjunction with county road commission work west of Morenci.
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    JUNIORS Jazmin Smith and Trevor Corkle struggle against a team from the sophomore class Friday during the annual tug of war at the Homecoming Games pep rally. Even the seniors struggled against the sophomores who won the competition. At the main course of the day, the Bulldog football team struggled against Whiteford in a homecoming loss.
    YOUNG soccer players surived a chilly morning Saturday in Morenci’s PTO league. From the left is Emma Cordts, Wayne Corser, Carter and Levi Seitz, Briella York and Drew Joughin. Two more weeks of soccer remain for this season.
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    BOWEN BAUMGARTNER of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge constructed by the Tecumseh Boy Scout troop Sunday at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The bridge was one of many challenges, displays and games set up for the annual Youth Jamboree by the Michigan DNR. Additional photos on are the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    One of four senior candidates will be crowned the fall homecoming queen during half-time of this week’s Morenci-Whiteford football game. In the back row (left to right) is exchange student Kinga Vidor (her escort will be Caylob Alcock), seniors Alli VanBrandt (escorted by Sam Cool), Larissa Elliott (escorted by Clayton Borton), Samantha Wright (escorted by JJ Elarton) and Justis McCowan (escorted by Austin Gilson), and exchange student Rebecca Rosenberger (escorted by Garrett Smith). Front row freshman court member Allie Kaiser (escorted by Anthony Thomas), sophomore Marlee Blaker (escorted by Nate Elarton) and junior Cheyenne Stone (escorted by Dominick Sell).
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    GETTING READY—Jerad Gleckler pounds nails to secure a string of holiday lights on the side of the Wakefield Park concession stand while other members of the Volunteer Club and others hold them in place. The volunteers showed up Sunday afternoon to string lights at the park. The decorating project will continue this Sunday. Denise Walsh is in charge of the effort this year.
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Fayettes sports round-up 4.9

Written by David Green.

SOFTBALL—Whatever Emmanuel Christian accomplished, Fayette came back with a little more. The Eagles were the last ones to score and they opened their season with a 7-5 victory.

Coach Sheila Killam saw aggressive base-running, a few clutch hits, key defensive plays and good bench support as the path to the non-conference win.

Shenae Nuoffer gave up just four hits on her way to the win. She walked two and struck out seven. The Eagles finished the night with eight hits.

The Warriors broke a 1-1 first-inning tie by scoring two in the third inning, but Fayette came back with three to lead 4-3.

The visitors added two more runs in the sixth, but the Eagles answered with three of their own to regain the lead.

Katie Borer, Rachel Seiler, Mara Raker, Danni Wyse, Trisha Bates and Katelyn Downing each came through with an RBI. Bates went two for three and had a sacrifice bunt. Borer finished two for four, including a double.

Coach Killam was pleased with Elisha Hartman’s off-the-bench play, getting a hit in her only time at bat and claiming a put-out on defense. Leah Brinegar made a pair of put-outs at first base.

“We had five errors, but we had great work at the plate to score runs when needed,” Killam said.

• The Eagles travel Thursday to Montpelier and entertain Waldron for a double-header on Friday. North Central visits Monday.

TRACK—Fayette’s boys track squad took a strong second place Thursday against Edon’s much larger squad and easily defeated North Central.

The Eagle boys took first in five events while the girls captured a pair of first-place finishes.

Edon won with 78 points in the boys events, followed by Fayette with 57 and the host squad, North Central, with 29. Edon’s girls won with 86 points, followed by North Central with 58 and Fayette with 22.


Nathan Stoltzfus won the 1600-meter run (5:07) and the 3200-meter run (11:21) and anchored the winning 3200-meter relay (9:32). Darrell Randall was close behind in the 1600 (5:10).

Other firsts went to Austin Hylander in the 110-meter hurdles (:19.7) and Hunter Colegrove in the 800-meter run (2:30). Ben Kovar was second at 2:31.

In throwing events, Eliott Richardson took second in the shot put (37-4) and third in the discus (99-2).

The Eagles made a good showing in the 300-meter hurdles, with Sean Franks taking second (:48.3) and Hylander in third (:49.5). Edon’s Williams won the event at :44.6.

Fayette’s 400-meter relay squad fell a two-tenths of a second short of North Central with a time of :48.9.

Franks placed third in the long jump (16-9). Randall and Hylander tied for third in the high jump (5-4).


Two members of the girls squad accounted for most of Fayette’s points.

Erica Goeltzenleuchter scored a pairs of firsts for the girls squad, winning the 1600-meter run (6:20) and the 3200-meter run (13:26). Hannah Schrock took third place in both races, posting times of 6:42 and 14:35.

Elisha Hartman overtook several runners in the final 200 meters to place second in the 400 at 1:10. Alexa Kessler placed third in the 200-meter run (:32.9).

• The Eagles continue league action Tuesday at Hilltop.


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