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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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    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.

Isobar looks back at July weather 8.6

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

It rained and it rained and then it stopped. The spigot was mostly shut off.

“It was a rather odd month,” said Morenci area climate Observer George Isobar. “July finished well above normal in the precipitation department even though we had only about half an inch in the final three weeks of the month.”

It all came early, and it came down hard.

The average for the month was already exceeded in a storm on the afternoon of July 2 when 4.77 inches fell. That wasn’t the end of the big rains.

A week later, on July 8, 2.46 inches fell in an afternoon storm, and then it nearly shut off.

“A few days after that, a little over a quarter inch fell and a week later a little less than a quarter inch,” Isobar said. “That makes less than half an inch of rain in 27 days. It’s really getting dry.”

But the total for the month...that’s a different story.

“There’s only been one wetter July in the past 33 years,” Isobar said. “In 1992 we had an unusually high 10.34 inches. This year we finished with 7.71.”

The average for July is about 3.5 inches. Nearly six inches fell in June for a total of 13.58 inches—mostly in about five weeks.

“Now we seem to be stuck in this cycle of forecasts calling for a 50 percent chance of rain, a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms and so forth, but no rain ever falls,” Isobar said. “Print this in the paper and watch the rain come through.”

The high temperature for the month was 89°. That was recorded on four days, including the final three days of the month. There were three days tied for the low temperature of 50°.

“For the most part, we had cooling night-time temperatures,” Isobar said, “but there were four mornings with the temperature in the low 70s by 7:30 a.m. when I checked the equipment. When it’s in the 70s that early, you’re not going to get very good cooling before it heats up again.”

For the month, the mean temperature was 0.4° above normal.

There were only three thunderstorms last month—none with severe weather—and the average wind speed was only 6.5 miles an hour at the Toledo weather service office.

The highest gust reported at the Toledo office was a strong 54 miles an hour during the heavy storm July 2.

August

Ordinarily, Isobar said, he would tell us to expect more of the same for August.

“We almost always have some temperatures in the 90s during August,” he said. “The mean temperature is generally a little cooler than July, but not by much.”

But this year, more of the same would mean...well, that depends on how you look at it...either above average rainfall or extremely dry. July was some of each.

“August is generally one of the wetter months of the year,” Isobar said, “so maybe we’ll be breaking out of this soon and get some good rains falling here. The lawns are really starting to turn brown.”

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