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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 school board 9.17

Written by David Green.

Plans for demolition of the old Fayette school buildings is moving forward and auction dates are set for the sale of furnishings.

Demolition bids were expected to be opened yesterday, Jim Price of the Buehrer Group architectural firm told board of education members Monday night. Third contractors requested bid specifications, he said, although he didn’t expect bids from all of them.

In answer to a question asked at previous time, Price said the Franklin building demolition will include all foundation material, including that which is below ground.

Demolition is scheduled to begin Oct. 13. The work at the Franklin building should be finished by Nov. 4 and the main building will be completed by Dec. 3.

Jerry Schaffner was hired by the board to serve as auctioneer for the schools’ furnishings and materials. An auction is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Franklin building and from 10 a.m. until finished Oct. 4 at the main buildings.

STORAGE—Price told that board that plans are complete for the storage building at the new school. Plans will be reviewed with the administration to make sure everything is covered before the plans are sent to the Ohio School Facility Commission office in Columbus for approval.

Superintendent Russ Griggs noted that construction must meet OSFC specifications and that drives the price up compared to the cost of private individual erecting a similar building.

Price said that since no water line will be laid to the new pole-construction building, the proposed 360-foot sanitary line will not be needed.

A floor drain will collect any moisture from inside the building and that will be routed to a catch drain.

Price said the building will be located near the edge of an asphalt area. That would make connection of utilities easier should the board decide to add water service to the building in the future.

Seeding of the school grounds was expected to begin this week.

UTILITIES—Board member David Brinegar asked about the cost of utilities in the new school compared to the older buildings.

Griggs said the costs have initially increased from about $50,000 to $90,000. District treasurer Angel Adamski said she spoke with representatives from other districts that have new schools through the OSFC program and learned that utilities generally double. She used that anticipated increase in budget projections.

Griggs expects costs to come down some as the components are fine-tuned. In addition, he said, many components of the system operated non-stop during construction but aren’t used in the same way during operation of the school.

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