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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.

Ned Newlin named First Baptist Church 7.23

Written by David Green.

A familiar face has taken the pulpit at Morenci’s First Baptist Church. Pastor Ned Newlin began serving as minister at the church in April, but has served as Sunday School teacher and pulpit supply in the past.

Pastor Newlin has a broad background of full and part-time ministry in Lutheran, Congregational and Brethren churches, as well as Youth Camp ministries. He also has a background in marketing and business management.

He and his late wife, Delila, raised five children, Ned of Port Orchard, Wash., John and Glen of Blissfield, Mich., Melissa Mutter of LaSalle, Mich., and Sharilyn Shoemaker, DVM, of Morenci. The union also resulted in 15 grandchildren.

Pastor Newlin and Rita Shaver of Findlay, Ohio, were united in marriage May 17, 2008. Rita and her late husband raised two children, Douglas Shaver and Lisa Reamer of Fostoria, Ohio, and had seven grandchildren.

The Newlins say they are excited about their ministry in Morenci. They enjoy the friendly atmosphere of the community and are looking forward to getting acquainted with the area.

The couple enjoys traveling and visiting with family. Pastor Newlin is an active amateur radio enthusiast and also enjoys bicycling.

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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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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