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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.

Sports Round-up 8.20

Written by David Green.

DONAHUE RUN—Early registration has closed for annual Dennis Donahue Memorial Trot for a Track 5K, but runners and walkers are still welcome to sign up on race day.

A limited quantity of T-shirts will be available on race day.

The third annual run is scheduled at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Lyons ball park, with the one-mile fun walk following at 9:15.

More than 500 participants registered for the race and walk last year when $36,000 was raised for Evergreen Athletic Boosters’ project to help pay for the new running track at the high school.

In addition to the run, there are raffles, a 50/50 drawing, refreshments and other activities.

For more information, visit www.trotforatrack.com.


SINGLES RUN—The third annual Neal Singles 5K run is scheduled Sept. 21 at Morenci Area High School and early registration continues through Sept. 10.

 The event serves as a fund-raiser for Neal V. Singles Memorial Scholarship Fund.

As in the past, a pancake and sausage breakfast will be served to participants by volunteers from the Morenci Church of the Nazarene and custom medals will be awarded to the top three males and females in 13 age divisions.

The cost of the 5K run is $15 if registered before Sept. 10. After that, the price increases to $18. Registration for the one-mile fun run/walk costs $10 in advance and $12 on race day.

Those who pre-register will receive a commemorative T-shirt. There will be limited availability of shirts on race day.

Organizers of the event are seeking door prizes and sponsorship support from area businesses and individuals.

For more information, contact Jackie Schaffner at 517/458-6025 or [email protected] or Heather Whitehouse at 517/458-1703 or [email protected]


HOLE IN ONE—A Morenci teacher is the latest golfer to score a hole in one at DeMor Hills Golf Course.

Matt Bostick scored an ace on hole number four Friday morning. He used a five iron on the 165-yard hole.

Bostick was golfing with Mike McDowell, Rich Tavernic and Larry Snabely.


FREE BOWLING LESSONS—Looking to sharpen your bowling skills?

Mor-N-C Lanes is participating in a nation-wide bowling promotion by offering two sessions of free bowling lessons.

Help will be offered from 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 25 and from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 26. The lessons are open to bowlers of any age.

Bowlers are also invited to help set a world record on Aug. 30, for the most games bowled in a day around the world. Participants will receive a certificate of participation.

For more information or to sign up for free lessons, call Mor-N-C Lanes at 458-2260.


BOOSTERS TO MEET—The Morenci Athletic Boosters will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, in the high school library.

Officers will be nominated and fund raisers will be discussed during the meeting. Volunteers are needed to run concession stands, take tickets, and sell Bulldog apparel and 50/50 raffle tickets.

Parents of school athletes and any community members interested in the school athletic program are encouraged to attend.

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