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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.

Cody Hanawalt, Dusty Timberman take part in Extreme Makeover event 9.17

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Cody Hanawalt would be hard pressed to call it a vacation, but his week volunteering with ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in Toledo was certainly like no other week of work.

Hanawalt, the walls crew chief for Midwest Poured Walls of Toledo, and fellow Morenci resident Dusty Timberman, the flat work crew chief for Midwest, spent a lot of hours on the construction site.

“We were there every day doing something,” Hanawalt said.

That’s what it took to demolish an existing home and build a new one in 106 hours.

Starting Tuesday afternoon, the concrete crew was on the scene overnight and all day Wednesday until 10 p.m.

“I went back Thursday to pour the patio and left Friday morning,” Hanawalt said.

Of course the workers returned Sunday afternoon when the new home was revealed to Aaron and Jackie Frisch and their 11 sons.

“My boss asked me about a month ago if I wanted to do it,” Hanawalt said.

During the week, more than two dozen Midwest employees put in time at the construction site. Their initial chore was to pour 340 feet of walls.

“We threw them up in less than an hour and a half,” Hanawalt said. “Normally it probably would have taken eight hours. We were really going at it.”

Work crews were given breaks for refueling, then got back on the job.

“We were pumped full of coffee and energy drinks,” he said. “There was so much going on, it really kept you going.”

Hanawalt said the atmosphere at the construction site was almost like a carnival. Campers were parked everywhere, there were always people watching the progress—some on rooftops, security into the neighborhood was tight, and there were some very interesting people.

For example, there was the guy standing in front of him who looked like Scuba Steve from Car Stereo One.

Turns out it was Steve and Hanawalt got a handshake.

“He’s just as crazy in real life as he is on TV,” he said.

When the show is presented locally on Channel 13 early in November, viewers will see the polished version of the Frisch family homecoming.

“They did five or six takes of the limosine arriving,” Hanawalt said, and the same for other portions of the filming. “It was unreal how many takes they did.”

The week was a vacation in that the volunteers weren’t paid for doing the work, but that was all right with Cody.

“It was worth it,” he said. “You’re only going to do something like this once in your life.”

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