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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 school board 1.28

Written by David Green.

Paula Schaffner was chosen by fellow board members to serve as president of the Fayette Local School District for another term.

Also at the Jan. 12 organizational meeting, David Brinegar was named vice-president. Regular meetings will continue to be scheduled at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month, with the exception of Sept. 14 and Dec. 14.

The following committee assignments were approved:

• Legislative Liaison, Karen King;

• Facilities, Brinegar and Kirk Keiser;

• Four County Representative, King;

• Continuous Improvement Plan, not necessary at this time;

• Financial/Audit, Brinegar and Schaffner;

• Student Achievement Liaison, Deb Leininger;

• Board of Education Policy, Schaffner and Leininger;

• Village of Fayette Restoration and Development, Kirk Keiser;

• Re-writing of mission statement, Brinegar and Schaffner.

RECOGNITION—Following the organizational meeting, board members received certificates of service from the Ohio School Boards Association.

FRANKLIN—Board members directed superintendent Russ Griggs to pursue opportunities to sell the school’s Franklin Township property.

RESIGNATION—The resignation of elementary school secretary Connie Lester was accepted, effective Jan. 16.

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