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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.

Church of Nazarene starts new kids' program 8.20

Written by David Green.

Parents’ calendars are packed—it’s often hard to even get the entire family together for dinner—so they have to look carefully at every new program offered. Parents want to know what their child will gain by attending and if it’s something their child will want to do week after week.

FaitHWeaVeR FRienDS is a new mid-week program at Morenci Church of the Nazarene that organizers believe will be worth adding to the family calendar.

At FRienDS, kids connect the Christian faith with real life. Children will participate in projects, games and preparing snacks to share with friends. There is also a Surprise Station where kids are always kept guessing.

Each week there is something different including guest speakers, activities, science experiments and building projects. Each week children will apply what they’ve learned by completing a Weekly Challenge which will often be a service project to be completed at home so they will learn to serve others in a practical way.

With a variety of appealing activities, children should look forward to coming week after week, said organizer Tracy Schell. What kid doesn’t like hanging out with friends and having fun?

An informational meeting and ice cream party is planned at 7 p.m. today (Wednesday). Families are invited to make their own banana splits and get a brief overview of FaitHWeaVer FRienDS. Highlights from MEGA Sports Camp will also be shown so families can see what a great time the kids had at the basketball and cheerleading camps.

Families should call the church at 458-7195 to reserve a place for the Aug. 20 meeting so there will be enough ice cream and toppings.

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