Chamber to give away $175 for city's 175th 9.24

Written by David Green.

A Morenci birthday nearly slipped by unnoticed.

In 1983, a big bash was planned for Morenci’s sesquicentennial when it reached the age of 150. Twenty-five years have passed by already and Morenci has turned 175.

When library director Colleen Leddy recently learned about Hudson’s 175th celebration, she asked city administrator/clerk Renée Schroeder about Morenci’s age. She soon realized a big year was passing by.

The topic was discussed last week at the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce meeting. Rather than plan a celebration this late in the year, a decision was made to give away some cash.

Entry blanks for a drawing will be published for two weeks in the Observer and the winner will receive $175 in Morenci Money—a special form of cash that must be spent at Chamber of Commerce member businesses. A list of members will be given to the drawing winner.

Entry blanks are also available at United Bank and Trust, First Federal Bank and the Pizza Box. When completed, the forms should be returned to any of those businesses by 3 p.m. Oct. 3.

The drawing is planned at 12:30 p.m. at the Morenci fire hall, in conjunction with the fire department’s 175th anniversary open house.

Participants need not be present at the drawing to win.

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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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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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    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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