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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.

Pettisville schedules sporting events 6.11

Written by David Green.

A wide range of sporting events is scheduled Saturday, June 28, at Pettisville’s park.

The games are part of this summer’s fund raising festival for the park, located  east of town on Fulton Co Rd D-E. Entry forms for the competitions are available online at www.FriendshipDays.org.

• Dodgeball—Friendship Days Dodgeball tourney will take place on the outside courts at the park starting at 11 a.m. Five-member teams compete for prizes in four age divisions. There’s only room for 12 teams in each division and teams must be registered by June 16. For more information, contact Dan Miller through the festival website.

• 5K Run—A 3.1-mile road race through Pettisville’s streets begins at 8 a.m. Times will be given at the one and two mile marks and water is available along the traffic controlled course. Post race refreshments are free to participants and awards will be presented by age group.

Mail-in entry forms and contact information are available at www.FriendshipDays.org. T-shirts are available for all 5K events but only if registered by June 18. Shirts won’t be available to race day entries. A noncompetitive fun walk and inline skate will also take place at 8 a.m. Saturday.

• Kid’s Run—A 1-mile race for students in grade 6 and under starts at 7:45 a.m. Like the 5K events, all participants need to attend the check-in between 7 and 7:30 at the park pavilion.

• Basketball—A half-court three on three basketball tournament starts at 9 a.m. indoors at the high school. Male and female teams grouped by age will compete in seven classes. Teams of up to four players should register by June 23. Team entry forms are posted on the festival website along with contact info.

• Cornhole Tournament—Two-member teams in either student or adult division start play at 3:30 p.m., playing for champion T-shirts and the grand prize of a custom cornhole game set. Download the mail-in entry forms at www.FriendshipDays.org. Return entry forms by June 18. Only 16 teams in each divsion will be accepted for the competition.

• Pedal Tractor Pull—The local FFA chapter will sponsor a pedal tractor pull for area youngsters. Starting at noon, kids will compete for trophies by age group. No advance registration is required.

• Hole-In-One—Adults compete for prizes in this “closest to the pin” golf competition. Both men’s and women’s divisions start at noon.

Pettisville is preparing for more than 1,000 area visitors at Friendship Days. Some of Fulton County’s finest cooks will serve pancakes, sausage and Blackbird Specials starting at 7:30 a.m. and a beef brisket dinner that evening. For the kids, there’s a full day of activity including a fishing derby, health and safety fair and inflatable games.

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