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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.

Fulton 4-H advisor awards given 11.26

Written by David Green.

A Fayette resident was one of three people in Fulton County to earn an Outstanding 4-H Alumni Award.

Jackie Ballmer, an advisor for the Country Clovers 4-H group, was joined by Amy Miller of Archbold and Samantha Marvin of Wauseon in receiving the honor.

The award was announced at the annual 4-H Advisor Recognition Banquet, Nov. 13.

The Outstanding 4-H Alumni Award and  the Friend of 4-H Award are given annually to acknowledge special dedication and commitment to the Fulton County 4-H Program. This year’s Friend of 4-H Award recipient is the Fulton County Farm Bureau.

Volunteer advisors received special recognition in the following service categories:

Five years: Cheryl Johnston, Franklin Blue Ribbons; Kim Krieger and Tina Willson, Country Achievers; Brad Lumbrezer, Rough Riders; Mark Miller, Countryside Clovers; Myndi Milliken and Rebecca Sattler, Goats and Udder Things; Carla Rice and Russell Rice, Wauseon Royal Green Clovers; Heather Rohrs, Just For Pleasure; Janna Short and Sam Short, Brush Creek Kids

10 years: Mary Jo Blohm, Tail Waggers; Michelle Ford and Jennifer Loar, Goats and Udder Things; Kim Helmke, Countryside Clovers; Christina Henricks, Lucky Livestockers, Brad Mosier, Pettisville Ever-Ready; and Sherry Schuette, Fulton County Caprine Kids.

    15 years: Mike Sattler and Randy May Sattler, Goats and Udder Things.

    20 Years:  Wayne Dinius, Brush Creek Kids; Debra Krauss, 10X Club; and Virginia Lumbrezer, Country Club 4-H.

25 years: Pam Henricks, Lucky Livestockers; and Cecilia Nartker, Clinton Doodle Bugs.   

30 years: Kathy Snyder, Delta Country Gals and Guys.

35 years: Joe Miller, Clinton Doodle Bugs.

    54 years: Arlene Stoup, Happy Hustlers/Fulton Variety Club.

Honors and awards were presented to 4-H clubs for their participation in community service and for achieving “Honor Club” status.

To be selected as a 4-H Honor Club, a club must complete community service in the Fulton County area and acquire the 125 maximum points earned through participation in various 4-H events and activities throughout the year.

Clubs achieving the honor were: 4-H Gainers and Leaders, Jenny and Tommy Herr, advisors; Country Achievers, Nancy Krieger, advisor; Countryside Clovers, Jackie Ballmer, advisor; Delta Country Gals & Guys, Kathy Snyder, advisor; Fulton Fantastics, Linda O’Neil, advisor; Goats and Udder Things, Linda Bollinger, advisor; Nifty 4-H’ers, Joan Rubel, advisor; Young Frontiers, Kelly Barber, advisor.

All Fulton County 4-H clubs participate in community service work ranging from beautification projects to recycling to roadside cleanup. Fund-raisers are also conducted, with the proceeds donated to various charitable organization.

The clubs that earned Outstanding Community Service awards were Country Achievers, Nancy Krieger, advisor; Fulton Fantastics, Linda O’Neil, advisor; Goats and “Udder” Things, Linda Bollinger, advisor; and Pike X-L, James Savage, advisor.

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