Wrestling show coming to Morenci 8.6

Written by David Green.

Wrestling is coming to Morenci—first in September and then again next June at the Town and Country Festival.

Morenci city council members voted July 28 to guarantee a $1,000 loan for the festival committee and to loan as much as $1,000 more, if needed, to pay for a wrestling fund-raiser in September.

Phil Monahan will bring his Championship International Wrestling show to Morenci next month featuring competitors from the area, to serve as a fund raiser for the festival.

The festival committee is considering  a Sept. 6 show date, but had not made final arrangements for use of the school gymnasium.

Next summer, Monahan would bring in a wider range of wrestlers from outside the area for outdoor entertainment at the festival.

Morenci mayor Doug Erskin was told that Monahan produced successful fund-raisers in Waldron, Adrian and other area locations.

CEMETERY—Council added a mausoleum entombment fee to the schedule of cemetery fees. The cemetery sexton is occasionally asked to open a mausoleum when a family member is interred, but no fee for the service had been established.

TERRORISM—In order to be eligible for funding through the United Way, council approved an anti-terrorism compliance resolution.

FIRE DEPARTMENT—Dereck Bode and Nathan Reeser were approved as new members of the Morenci Fire Department.

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    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
  • Funcolor
    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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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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