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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.

Fayette Medical Center to expand 9.17

Written by David Green.

Construction is expected to get underway next month at the Fayette Medical Center on Main Street when an expansion project begins.

When completed in December, the facility will feature two additional examination rooms, an expanded office area and parking in both the front and rear.

In addition, the Fulton County Health Center’s laboratory draw station will have a new location with a separate entrance.

Steve McCoy, director of marketing and planning for Fulton County Health Center (FCHC), responded to rumors that the adjacent home formerly owned by the Nyce family would be demolished in the renovation project. The house and property are owned by FCHC.

“No decision has been made on the house,” he said.

A two-car garage will be converted and used as part of the renovated facility, and demolition of the house was considered in order to provide additional parking.

Expansion of the building can go on whether or not the house remains, McCoy said, but there would be fewer parking spaces if the house were left standing.

“These renovations will help us meet the growing medical needs of the Fayette area,” said E. Dean Beck, FCHC administrator. “With the addition of Dr. Jennifer Schweitzer-Ahmed and our plan to add another full-time physician to the Medical Center in the near future, we needed to expand the facility to meet the growing health needs of the Fayette area.”

Rupp/Rosebrock Construction will coordinate the renovations that will provide a handicap-accessible entrance, updated exam rooms and an improved medical records system.

Renovation work will be done in phases to allow the facility to remain open.

Dr. Schweitzer-Ahmed began serving at the clinic on an interim basis after Dr. Ronald Music left last December.

“The original intent was for her to cover until a full-time physician came,” McCoy said. “Now she’s officially joined the Fayette Medical Center.”

She aims to remain on staff even if a new physician is hired, McCoy said. The Tinora native is married and is the mother of three children. She has office hours Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. until noon.

“We’ve been actively campaigning for a full-time doctor,” McCoy said, and he believes the renovation could make a difference. “It will help in our recruitment effort.”

Some candidates have remarked that the existing office is too small.

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