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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.

Morenci citizens of the year 6.25

Written by David Green.

Eric Emmons

How did you end up in Morenci? 

I was born in Morenci.

 How long have you lived here?

 I have lived here all of my life.

 List the top three things you like about Morenci.cit.o-eric.jpg

    The way people come together in time of need; nice neighborhoods; Tuesday Taco night at the Pub.

What ways have you seen Morenci change over the years? 

The Garden Club’s hanging baskets and youth flower pots on the streets have made the downtown much more appealing.

List some of your contributions to the community.

    Town and Country Festival; Habitat House; Donkey Basketball for Youth Missions

Describe your must difficult day on the job or any difficult day.

Trying to get the cemetery ready for Memorial Day and the forecast is rain.

 What's the most rewarding part of your job or community work?

Helping people during difficult times.

How long have you been married?

It will be 20 years in December.  Who are your family members? 

My wife is Sandy and my parents are Leland and Darlene Emmons. I have 2 brothers, Lee and Chris and a sister Margaret.

What is one thing your spouse does that impresses you? 

She and our neighbor Jane have run the book discussion at the library for over 10 years and have got the community involved.

What's your most embarrassing moment experienced in public in Morenci? 

Trying to get on a donkey during donkey basketball.

If you had your life to live over, what would you do differently? 

Nothing.

 

Barney Vanderpool

How did you end up in Morenci?

I was born and raised here.

How long have you lived here?

47 years.

List the top three things you like about Morenci.

Small town atmosphere, safe place to live, friendly people.

What ways have you seen Morenci change over the years?cit.o-barney.jpg

The reconstruction of Main Street, the new industrial park and changes in businesses.

List some of your contributions to the community.

I have worked for the city for 27 years and have volunteered to help build the new playscape and skatepark and other small projects.

Describe your must difficult day on the job or any difficult day.

Come into work and its zero degrees and you have a water main break.

What's the most rewarding part of your job or community work?

When I’m out on the job and someone comes up and says, “thank you.”

How long have you been married?

My wife Julie and I have been married for 24 years.

Who are your family members?

We have two children, Shelby (and Patric) of Nettle Lake and Joseph, at home. We also have two grandsons, Kaden, 3, and Adam, five months.

What is one thing your spouse does that impresses you?

She has put up with me for 24 years.

What's your most embarrassing moment experienced in public in Morenci?

I’m too embarrassed to tell.

If you had your life to live over, what would you do differently?

Nothing.

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