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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.

Fayette library news 2.4

Written by David Green.

CAKE DECORATING: A select few Fayette area residents will soon learn cake decorating techniques from a professional.

The next public class sponsored by Normal Memorial Library will be taught by local cake decorator Kristy Clouse. The class is limited to the first 10 people who register.

Students will need to bring six to 12 cupcakes to the class. Anyone with decorator tip and bags can bring them along, too. Clouse will supply the frosting and various decorations.

The class is scheduled at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, at the library. The cost is $10. To register, call the library or stop in at the circulation desk.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS: The after-school programs at Normal Memorial Library in Fayette continue this month with Valentine, patriotic crafts, presidential and Valentine parties.

Students in third through sixth grade meet from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and students in kindergarten through second grade meet at the same time on Thursdays.

Story Hours

Toddler Time, for three-year-olds, meets from 6:30 to 7 p.m. on Mondays.

Story Hour, for four- and five-year-olds not yet in school, meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Both groups will discuss family, friends, pets and have a Valentine party.

Wee Read, for infants through two year olds, meets from 5:30 to 6 p.m. the first and third Mondays of each month.

NEW BOOKS: Several new books will be added to the shelves this month at Normal Memorial Library.

Feb. 1—“Gallant Match” by Jennifer Blake; “Montana Creeds: Logan” by Linda Lael Miller.

Feb. 2—”Run for Your Life” by James Patterson.

Feb. 3—”True Colors” by Kristin Hannah; “Dogs and Godesses” by Jennifer Crusie; “Deep Black: Arctic Gold” by Stephen Coontz; “So Enchanting” by Connie Brockway; “Homicide in Hardcover” by Kate Carlisle; “Evil in Carnations” by Kate Collins.

Feb. 10—“The Renegades” by T. Jefferson Parker; “Lethal Legacy” by Linda Fairsten.

Feb. 17—Second Opinion” by Michael Palmer; “Whisper to the Blood” by Dana Stabenow; “While My Sister Sleeps” by Barbara Delinsky; “Heart and Soul” by Maeve Binchy.

Feb. 19—“Aunt Dimity Slays the Dragon” by Nancy Atherton.

Feb. 24—“The Grand Finale” by Janet Evanovich; “Terminal Freeze” by Lincoln Child; “Cream Puff Murder” by Joanne Fluke; “Night and Day” by Robert Parker; “One Day at a Time” by Danielle Steel; “Promises in Death” by J.D. Robb; “First Comes Marriage” by Mary Balogh.

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