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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.

Eagle rescued from field 4.16

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Joan Smith thought it was an injured hawk that she spotted lying in a muddy field near Sand Creek. When she finally showed the bird to a raptor specialist, she found out otherwise. That was an eagle she and her, daughter, Angie Miles, just caught.eagle.smith.jpg

Joan was driving on Bryant Highway near the Sand Creek school when she saw the bird. It was obvious to her that something was wrong with it, so she called Angie for assistance.

Angie brought a dog crate to transport the animal, but she soon discovered that wasn’t going to work. It was too small for this specimen that stood about two feet tall.

The bird tottered around the field with Angie trailing until it finally toppled over and lay on it back, about 20 feet from the road. By this time, Angie had already lost a shoe in the mud and both women were getting rather filthy.

Joan had been on a the phone seeking advice and was finally directed to Dody Wyman who operates the Raisin River Raptor Center near Manchester. She agreed to meet up with them in Tecumseh and take a look at the bird.

First, they had to catch it.

Dody warned the women about the dangerous talons that are designed to dig into flesh. With that caution, they wrapped  the bird in a blanket, placed it in a box and drove off.

“When Dody saw it, her face turned white,” Joan said.

It wasn’t a hawk they picked up; it was a juvenile American bald eagle. Fortunately, Dody had just recently received her permit to keep eagles.

Based on the bird’s behavior—instability, falling down—a veterinarian suspects lead poisoning. If that’s the case, a lead chelator agent will be given to the bird to draw out the substance.

Despite its large size, Joan and Angie were both surprised by how light the bird was, and they’re both a little stunned by what they went through.

“Would I have done it if I’d known it was an eagle?” Joan asks.

At first she says no, but she knows that’s not really the case. It was a bird that needed help and she had to give it.

“It was worth it,” she said, thinking back on the muddy mess.

“I’d do it again,” Angie added.

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