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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.

Portion of Packard Road to be paved 10.15.08

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

The western two miles of Packard Road will be rebuilt, widened a little to meet standards and paved.

Medina Township board members voted to move forward with the $600,000 project due to the continuing deterioration of the road.

“We’re going to repave it from Munson to 127,” township supervisor Jim Craig said. “It’s pave now, but it’s gotten so bad that it’s almost getting dangerous.”

The board has caught up on expensive bridge projects, Craig said, and can turn its attention back to roads.

Trustees could have chosen to go with a gravel surface, but turned down that option for two reasons.

They figure that Packard Road residents would be unhappy going from pavement to gravel. Also, Craig said, asphalt is cheaper to maintain. Gravel requires much more frequent maintenance through grading, gravel addition and dust control.

The board has heard from some residents about tree removal concerns. Whenever a  road is upgraded by the county, the surface is widened, if necessary, to meet existing standards. This is likely to result in some tree cutting.

“We understand that some of those trees must be over 100 years old and we don’t want to cut them down if we don’t have to,” Craig said. “Where we can, we’ll go around them.”

He said that in many cases, the road can veer slightly if it’s not too extreme and if there aren’t more trees on the opposite side of the road.

At least one resident still expects that trees left standing will be injured by root damage from the widening of the road.

Craig responded to a rumor that the paving work is in response to a request by Vreba-Hoff Dairy.

“That’s completely untrue,” he said. “As far as any of our maintenance or reconstruction, the dairy hasn’t played any role.”

Vreba-Hoff paid for the Dillon Highway paving project and subsequent maintenance has followed routine practices.

Craig hopes the work will get started this fall. After culverts are replaced, new base will be laid and allowed to settle —with added compaction through several months of traffic—before asphalt is laid.

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