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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.

Fayette school board hears report on food service 7.23

Written by David Green.

Fayette board of education members viewed a proposed layout for athletic facilities at the new school and received pricing on a storage building for the new school campus.

Jim Price of the Buehrer Group architectural firm showed the board a drawing that would place a softball diamond, baseball diamond and running track east of the new school.

“It’s critical that it’s designed correctly and laid out correctly with regard to drainage,” said superintendent Russ Griggs.

Otherwise, money might be spent in corrective action.

Board members voted to pay $10,000 for design work, including a final $3,000 if the plan is used.

While on the subject of school grounds, trustee David Brinegar asked for conformation that the grounds have not yet been turned over to the district.

Eric Wiemken, construction engineer, said that grass seeding is scheduled in early August and the weedy appearance will soon disappear.

Price told the board that estimates for the 32-foot by 56-foot storage garage put the price around $50,000 for the building only. He guessed the total cost might be close to $75,000.

Brinegar suggested waiting until the total costs are known before moving forward with any decision.

DEMOLITION—Wiemken learned at a meeting with Ohio EPA that existing sidewalks and parking areas can remain in place when the buildings are torn down.

The Ohio EPA expressed concern that existing monitoring wells must remain in place after demolition.

SPEAKER—State representative Bruce Goodwin will speak at the dedication of the new school scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17.

FEES—Student fees for elementary students will increase from $35 to $45 this year. The money helps cover the costs of workbooks, magazines and other materials.

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