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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.

Isobar's weather report 6.4

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

You don’t need George Isobar to tell you that last month was unusually cool, but he would be delighted to offer a few details.

“Just to point out what could have been,” Isobar said, “a year ago we had three days in the 90s. This year we had three in the 80s, plus five mornings in the 30s.”

Only 10 days out of 31 were above-average in temperature, he said, and six of them came in the first seven days of the month.

“Spring just never really broke through,” Isobar said. “We had a lot more days in the 60s last month than in the 70s. It was a chilly May.”

The high temperature for the month was recorded May 26 at 85°. Two days later the low came, a chilly morning temperature of 36° last Wednesday morning.

According to the data from the Toledo National Weather Service office, the mean temperature for the month came in at 57.5° which is 2.1 below average for May. Last year May was 3.2° higher than normal.

Precipitation was a little more than an inch below normal at 2.74 inches.

“We only had a little more than a third of an inch over the last two weeks of the month,” Isobar said. “Over the long-term, May is the second wettest month of the year, behind June.”

But that’s the long-term average, he says. It’s actually quite variable from year to year. 2004: 8.78 inches. 2005: 1.91 inches. 2006: 5.82 inches. 2007: 2.55 inches.

Isobar recorded three thunderstorms for the month and one incidence of hail, although the hail occurred separate from any of the thunderstorms.

There were no damaging winds nor severe storms in the area.

June

“As I said before, June is typically the wettest month of the year,” Isobar said. “We seem to be off to a good start with rain Monday night and more coming over the next couple of days.”

We also seem to have shaken off the chilly weather, he added, with the first really hot stuff predicted later in the week.

“We’ll soon be complaining about how hot it is,” Isobar said, “but be careful what you ask for. The record low temperatures for June are in the low 40s and upper 30s, right up through the end of the month.”

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