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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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.

Fayette track rejuvenated 9.24

Written by David Green.

Fayette’s running track looks like a running track once again.

The edges of the track are once again clearly defined. The surface is scraped and leveled. The long jump and high jump pits are recovered from the turf. A shot put area is rescued from encroaching grass.fay.track.jpg

What was once considered the finest track in the area—in the days before all-weather tracks—suffered from neglect over the years, but now it’s back in good shape, thanks to the efforts of 19 volunteers.

Fayette mayor Anita Van Zile worked with a few other residents concerned about the condition of the track to organize a work day Sept. 6.

“When I went down there at 8 o’clock, I was the only one there,” she said, “but then people started trickling in.

”I was very pleased. It was very successful.”

The crew of volunteers wrapped up their work by 1 p.m., then Greg Armstrong of Armstrong Excavating arrived. He worked part of two days with a box blade to level the surface.

“Both of his children were involved in track and Greg has continued to support the program, even though his children have graduated,” Van Zile said.

A drain was unplugged that had caused flooding on a portion of the track after very heavy rains, but the success of that effort won’t be known until another hard downpour. It’s unknown how much sand and debris had washed into the line.

“We couldn’t have done the job without the help of the village crew,” Van Zile said.

Village workers accomplished some preliminary work before the work day, and some showed up to help with the other volunteers.

In the age of all-weather tracks, Van Zile doubts if there will ever be a home track meet for Fayette’s runners, but the rejuvenated facility will now serve as an excellent practice site. The track also gets a lot of use by community members.

“It was a day of teamwork, team building and accomplishment,” the mayor said, “and a lot of fun.”

She intends for the village to make sure the track is maintained to prevent another descent into disrepair.

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