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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.

Seneca Township board meeting 6.11

Written by David Green.

Seneca Township residents have one new amendment to the zoning ordinance, while a second proposal was turned down.

The new rule requires a minimum of 850 square feet of floor space for any dwelling unit. The figure was increased to match the minimum established for mobile homes in the township.

The change was a recommendation by the township planning commission, along with a second proposal for control over the height of grass and weeds in yards. That proposal was unanimously rejected.

Both proposals were discussed at the May 12 meeting.

Board members voted to accept a bid from S & S Builders to replace the siding on the front of the township hall, along with several other needs including painting the sign and doors and replacing glass in the doors.

The board discussed the shortage of funds in the budget to handle suggested road repairs. Township resident John Martinez requested a second brine application.

Township supervisor Kiel Plummer will obtain an estimate from the Road Commission. Contracts were tabled until the June 9 meeting.

PA 116—Gould Farms Partnership submitted another PA 116 application, a state program offering tax incentives to preserve farmland.

DIVISION—A parcel division application was received from the Alice E. Sutherland living trust. The application calls for 2.65 acres to stay with the house and barn, while the remaining 29 acres will be split off and sold for farming.

NORTH MORENCI—Russ and Cinny Tompkins asked about the progress with a problem in North Morenci where an adjacent land owner pushed soil onto the Tompkins’ land from septic work. Water now drains onto the Tompkins’ property.

Plummer said that township attorney Dan Bruggeman is handling the issue and will contact them.

Letters will be sent to several North Morenci property owners advising them to clean up their property.

EMS—Board members learned that the Morenci Area EMS account stood at $15,093 at the end of April, with no bank loan.

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