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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 pool won't open this summer 4.16

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Hope for a cool summer ahead because Fayette’s cooling off spot won’t be available this year.

Village council members voted unanimously Thursday to accept the park board’s recommendation to close the community swimming pool for the summer.

“We voted to close the pool for at least this year due to funding,” park board president Jen Williams said.fay.pool.jpg

The board would reopen the pool in 2009 if funding were available, but board members don’t see how that could happen without a levy for maintenance. The board will explore placing the issue on the November ballot.

Board members have begun discussing a variety of fund-raising activities for pool operation, but maintenance needs could only be filled by a large infusion of cash.

Village employee Scott Wagner told council that operational costs came in at about $22,300 last year, but admission revenue amounted to only to about $5,000. That shortfall is covered by the $18,000 the park board receives from the existing park levy.

“All the money we get is being used to pay for the pool,” Wagner said. “It’s not fair at all.”

The basketball courts need resurfacing, he said, and when old playground equipment breaks, it has to be replaced because of insurance regulations. There’s also been discussion about adding another volleyball court, Wagner said.

Even if fund-raisers were successful enough to cover operational costs, expensive repairs are needed. Wagner received an estimate of $100,000 to address the problems  of the 30-plus year-old pool and perhaps four times that amount to construct a new pool.

“We don’t like to close it,” Williams said. “We know it’s a big part of the community.”

Wagner said there were two public meetings scheduled last year to discuss the pool. No one showed up for one meeting and one person came to the other.

“That showed me there isn’t much interest in the community,” he said.

With the pool closed, park revenue would cover the cost of five summer park employees—estimated at $12,500—and provide some funding for future projects.

Council members also approved the request to hire five employees who will be paid on a per-job basis rather than an hourly rate.

Williams said board members want to expand the board to include representatives from Gorham and Franklin Township.

That idea has come up in past years, also, said councilor Ruth Marlatt.

“It comes up now and then and it stalls,” she said.

The townships could also share in the cost burden of the park, council member Jerry Gonzales said.

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