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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 house damaged by fire 12.04.08

Written by David Green.

A Fayette house was severely damaged by fire Nov. 25.

A Union Street home owned by Kyle Sallows suffered an estimated $60,000 to $70,000 worth of damage from a blaze that was reported at 8 a.m a week ago Tuesday. A member of the neighboring Zuvers family called in the report.house.fire.12.04.jpg

When Gorham Fayette fire chief Tom Franks arrived on the scene, the front exterior of the structure was fully covered by flames.

Neighbors weren’t sure if anyone was home so Franks attempted to enter the building on the east side. He was unable to make contact with anyone and was forced to leave the house due to the heat of the fire.

Franks was attempting to enter through another door when the owner emerged from the house. By this time, he said, several windows had blown out and the fire was advancing further into the house.

Franks was joined by the first fire truck from Fayette’s department at 8:08 a.m. and the first unit from the Morenci Fire Department arrived at 8:22.

Franks determined the fire started due to an electrical problem. Flames moved into the house from under the front porch.

Twenty Fayette fire department members were at the scene, along with 14 from Morenci. There were no injuries to personnel, although two pet ferrets died in the fire. Sallows was able to remove much of his clothing and some other items from the house.

Franks expressed thanks to the Fayette police department and Ohio State Highway patrolman Rodney Bingman for assistance at the scene, and to the local Circle K management for bringing food and hot drinks to the scene.

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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.

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